Vijayaratnam Foundation topped off its three-phased Maharani Camp with a three-day-two-night camp on leadership development. Held from 10 to 12 November at Green View Farm in Kampung Tarun, Negeri Sembilan, the camp was organised in partnership with the Association of Social Services and Community Development of Gombak and the Hindu Youth Organisation of Port Klang.
After having completed the earlier two phases which focused on self-discovery and survival skills, 18 students from SMK Raja Mahdi, SMK Taman Selayang, SMK Seri Selayang, SMK Darul Ehsan and SMK Sungai Kertas returned eagerly for the camp’s final phase. Under the tutelage of camp trainer and staff, the students underwent various indoor team-building activities, project planning and public speaking exercises, practical leadership training, and a cyber safety programme.
With the completion of all the phases, camp graduates have been able to discover new interests and skills, as well as developed goals and aspirations for their futures. The camp graduates, 14 to 16-year old girls from lower socio-economic background, were also encouraged to continue honing newly learned skills and put their knowledge to good use by making a difference in their local communities.
Kirthanaa Chandar, one of the graduates, shared how experience from the camp has helped her, “This camp has been so useful and I love it so much. I have experienced many changes in myself, I learned to face challenges head-on and how to be a leader. I will certainly bring back many wonderful memories of this camp with me.”