|It is definitely more challenging to play canoe at Gibson Lake|
|The breathtaking scenery at Gibson Lake|
|Jumping from the cliff|
The purpose of the camp was to train the Golds’ outdoor skills like outdoor cooking and paddling skill as well as teamwork. For instance, the Golds’ had to complete tasks such as jumping into the white water, paddling through the white water, portaging, jumping from the cliff, so on and so forth. The participants learnt to stay calm whenever there was an unknown challenge through participating in these adventurous and exciting tasks. Certainly, not all the Golds were eager to take up the challenge, yet many of them overcame their panic and accomplished the task after being warmly encouraged by other teammates. As expressed by an intern who is currently studying in The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the tasks she had successfully accomplished were pretty meaningful from her point of view in a sense that she could learn how to deal with her fear and anxiety in a dangerous and uncertain situation. Only you have calmed down, you know what and how to do next. Be confident and bold is the key to overcome your fear. Vision Youth’s program aspires to provide a platform for young participants to build up their confidence.
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One of the participants, who had also been joining Bark Lake leadership camp, mentioned the difference in level of difficulty between the wilderness survival camp and Bark Lake leadership camp. As a matter of fact, the skills required by the wilderness survival camp were much higher and rigorous. Also, the tasks were more challenging and adventurous. On this ground, we understand how Vision Youth carefully designs the program framework in order to suit the needs of participants of different age and ability levels. It is believed that the Visioneers can build up their confidence gradually only through progressive trainings.
Apart from the wilderness survival camp, Vision Youth did organize a two-days standard first aid training for Visioneers who were interested in first aid. All eight participants successfully completed the training and were awarded the certificate. This is indeed an indicator to show the enhancement of personal development, but more importantly, the skill they acquired today may help contribute to the society one day.