Fun With Newspapers Adventure Camp

Singapore, 08 March 2004 Fancy climbing and abseiling down an artificial rockwall or whizzing through the air on the flying fox to obtain clues to solve newspaper story puzzles? Or working on a conservation project for Pulau Ubin with the help of newspapers?

These are among the creative and exciting activities lined up for some 200 students attending the “Fun With Newspapers” Adventure Camp to be held during the school holiday next week.

Fully sponsored by the Press Foundation of Singapore, the two 3-day-2-night camps, each involving about 100 Secondary One and Two students from 7 different schools, will be held from March 15 to 17 and from March 18 to 20.

Conducted by SparkC @ Marine Parade Outward Bound Centre for Family and Children, East Coast Parkway, the camps promise a unique experience for the participants to discover the usefulness of newspapers as a source of information, education and entertainment, away from the classroom.

With its tree-hut accommodation and specially designed state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, such as a 10-metre high Multi-Element Adventure Tower and a 7-metre high Challenge Ropes Course, which have been customised to meet the needs and safety of young children, the camp site ensures a conducive learning environment for the participants.

The programme includes a mini expedition to Pulau Ubin where the students will build rafts, go on a trek, work on a conceptual conservation project for the island using newspapers as a resource, and enjoy a night under the stars as they learn to pitch and sleep in tents.

Facilitated by a team of professionally-trained, full-time instructors from SparkC, the camp programme also seeks to develop the students’ “can-do” attitude, courage to try, curiosity to learn new things, sense of commitment to team goals, and appreciation of the value of co-operation.

Mrs Sng Ngoi May, General Manager of the Press Foundation of Singapore, said young people are reading less newspapers these days because of distraction from other sources such as television, cable networks, internet, DVDs, radio and mobile phones.

“This is a pity because the daily newspaper is a wonderful source for all types of information. Knowing what news is and where to find it is a necessity of modern-day life. Newspapers help students make connections with the real world and with the communities in which they live. They are an important tool in making our students lifelong learners and keeping them current on events that shape their lives.

“We hope to introduce the joy of reading newspapers through these fun-filled camps and show the students how they can find gems of information in newspapers.”

Veteran journalists from various Singapore Press Holdings newspapers will speak to the students during the camp and give tips on how to use the newspaper as a learning tool at home and in the classrooms. They include Mr Alan John, Night Editor of The Straits Times, Mr Peter Khoo, Vice-President of The Straits Times Branding & Promotions, as well as journalists Lim Fong Wei and Teo Woan Yee from Lianhe Zaobao, and Mohd Puad Ibrahim from Berita Harian.

Response from the schools to the camps has been very enthusiastic, so much so that places for the next two camps planned for the school holiday in June are fast filling up.

This series of camps is the second initiative by the Press Foundation of Singapore as part of its efforts to promote the appreciation of newspaper reading. The Foundation organised a Teachers Conference on the Use of Newspapers in Teaching and Learning in November 2003.

List of participating schools
Anderson Secondary School
Anglican High School
CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)
Greenview Secondary School
Holy Innocents’ High School
Nanyang Girls’ High School
Naval Base Secondary School
Ngee Ann Secondary School
Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)
River Valley High School
Tampines Secondary School
The Chinese High School
Victoria School
Yuan Ching Secondary School

For more information, please contact:

Eric Ching
Press Foundation of Singapore Limited
Tel: 6319-1280

About Press Foundation of Singapore
The Press Foundation of Singapore is a charity foundation set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. Singapore Press Holdings has contributed $20 million to the Foundation.


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