PERSATUAN PERKHIDMATAN KOMUNITI TAIPING (known as ESDA)

6th Youth Camp

Date: 18th to 21st November 2013 (4 days and 3 nights)

Venue: Camp site of St Anne Bukit Mertajam, Penang

Number of participants: 41 boys and girls (28 from Taiping, 5 from Bukit Mertajam, 3 from Sungai Petani and 5 from Butterworth)

This was the 6th camp we organised. We thank the Japanese National Council of Social Welfare and Malaysian Care, KL, who have supported the camp all these years. This year we opened the camp to boys and girls with discipline or other problems. As usual, Malaysian Care teams conducted the entire camp. Amongst their 9 staff, 4 of them were ex-addicts, gangsters and ex-prisoners.

Below is further information on some of the special programmes:

  1. Team building: Team work.
  2. Social problems: Bring awareness on the dangers of getting involved in criminal activities like drugs, gangsterism, robbery and others.
  3. Boy-Girl Relationship: Group-based activity focusing on discovering and being the right partner in a boy-girl relationship.
  4. Social Etiquette: Session touching on good mannerisms, proper socialinteraction between boys and girls and self-image.
  5. Juvenile Movie: It’s based on the true story of a group of young people who got into gangsterism and ended up in prison. ‘JUVANA’ movie is educational for our young ones.
  6. Juvenile Reality: Role play on the consequences of crime and testimonies from Malaysian Care’s trainees (ex-prisoners).
  7. Juvenile Reaction: Group discussion and response to Juvenile Movie and Juvenile Reality.
  8. HIV & AIDS: Interactive session and workshop with testimony.
  9. Anyeong Korean Experience: Korean cultural exchange by two of Care’s Korean interns.

The camp was very successful and fruitful. On the last day, 12 youths stood up to commit themselves to be good citizens.