As welfies, we finally did something during the trial and senior camps. Much hours of planning had been put into this and everyone had put in a lot of effort to pull it off. The main comm met for a meeting a few days before the actual event to brief us on the schedule and etc, before we went to consolidate the first-aid items.
Saturday dawned bright and we had to walk all the way from harbourfront to tanjong beach, which was one hell of a journey. We were one of the earliest to reach, but the food was already there way before us…and Elsie’s Kitchen was quite bad lmao. There were a lot of leftovers and it was hard to clear the trash because of the Styrofoam boxes ie the type for cai fan.
As an observer for all the games, the beach games were quite fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were certainly areas for improvement as well such as the level of engagement and the game complexity. Luckily, there were no major injuries that required our attention. We made our way back to school for Pandora’s box (a new game) where each clan had a weakness and others had to find the appropriate weapon to defeat them through clues provided during stage games or other methods. It felt rather passive as only a few people were involved at any time and it was more a matter of luck: if you were able to find the necessary items, then all would be good.
We had night run and escape room concurrently. I tried out the night run games which was similar to that of last year. All of us were rather chill and we couldn’t care less about the chasers that were supposed to make us run. During the escape room game, I went to talk to Z about what he was doing, while we waited for ppl to come to his pop-up station. The aim was to catch as many pencils as possible while balancing them on one hand, so it was interesting to see how the participants did it. The day wasn’t over for us–the main comm had a meeting where we shared our opinions on the games and what could be improved. As a result, the show was run by the CGLs and CPs who were often ‘arguing’ about the games. Us welfies had a meeting with the fincons about our budget, where we were questioned about the apparent excessive ordering of 100 plus. All of my OG main comm decided to sleep at a friend’s bunk that was all the way at hall 16, and I forgot to take the first-aid kit when I was near the compound, so I had to freaking double back to retrieve it.
Since the food came quite early for the next day, we had to be at the canteen at 7am and this spelled shagness as I had to travel all the way back again. Coupled with that, I started feeling unwell and this led to me falling sick after the camp zzz. As per the previous games, the soapy games and hale walk were also not that bad. We had a debrief as usual after the participants had left, where we were advised on planning our budget and getting a better caterer.
Seniors camp was 1 month later with a few changes. We chose East West Fusion as the caterer and surprisingly the food was quite tasty! We had relatively less leftovers and some even took 2nd helpings lmao. It was only marred by the discovery of a worm on one of the food, but after much haggling with the caterer, we got 100 packets worth of refund. Considering that each packet cost only $2.50 (cheaper than outside cai fan) and that no one would have realised anything if it had been part of the leftovers, we decided to stick with them for the actual camp. Initially we were concerned that they would not be able to cater to a large size, since we saw them coming in a rather small van. Yet, we also saw that they also had a bigger truck. Evryone loved the food and this further confirmed our decision to stick with them.
For this beach day, there was the telematch and it looked quite shag based on what I saw. Like other OGs, we ‘cheated’ our way and got first place. This drew ire from the CPs who subsequently complained about it, and they proposed a points system to counter cheating.
We had war games when we came back and this had a wet element to it because of the water bombs. Aftwr we were done with dinner, the night run commenced. The playing area was larger as it covered both the north and south spine. Us welfies had to find a central spot to stand by in caee of injuries. Based on what I heard and saw, the north spine was more happening as the chasers really did their job well. It was the debrief after that but surprisingly it ended faster than expected. Since there were more people, we went to sleep in the tutorial room after having our supper.
After having breakfast, we moved off for soapy games and there were more activities this time. I could see that everyone enjoyed the games even though it started to rain towards the end. There was a cheer fight when we were in the shelter, which ended up us bowling the rest yet again. Pandora’s box was after lunch: this time, the flow felt smoother and there was a video explaining how the game was played. Us welfies then proceeded to manage the stores and accounting for them. we had dinner at JP and a birthday celebration, which D actually skipped debrief to be with us wows :’)