The Edmund Rice camp is an activity that the children in Reuben primary look forward to. This school holiday the camp was slightly different compared to other camps in the past. The camp leaders, whoare students in high schools sponsored by Ruben Centre, started off with a brainstorming session where they were involved in formulating a slogan, strategies, core values and statement of commitment for the scholarship program. This was meant to create a sense of ownership amongst these students and to give them the motivation to excel in their academics in order to give a sense of purpose to the program.
During this camp the children under the directorship of the camp leaders were involved in so many exciting and fun activities. These included art, music, theatre, aerobics, gymnastics and other children’s games. In art they learned quilling where they made beautiful art works such as wall hangings using shredded office papers. In music they were involved in singing and filming of Tigerland song for a football club in Australia and the video was to be used for fundraising for Ruben Centre through the 500 club in Australia. The camp also provided a platform for the children to discover their talents as well as nurturing them. It also equipped them with leadership and team building skills two essential aspects that contributed to the success of different groups within the camp.
The third day of the camp the pupils went for an excursion to Bomas of Kenya where they had a whole new experience. The enjoyed traditional dances and folk songs from different tribes in Kenya that were showcased by professional dancers at Bomas. They also visited traditional villages representing various cultures and tribes in Kenya which gave them better understanding of our rich diversity and a sense of acknowledging our differences in a positive way. Here is a take by some students on the camp: Bilha Gesare – team leader: “The camp was fun and I enjoyed a lot especially the different games we had. Also I learnt the importance of discovering and nurturing talents. I also felt good about myself being a leader.” Jane Muthoni a class six pupil: the camp was good and fun and I enjoyed the many creative activities we had. I learnt art and acrobatics.” Patrick Mutua- team leader: “the experience was amazing especially being a leader for the first time. initially I have been a follower and now I discovered I can be a great leader. I was a leader in acrobatics and traditional dances. My team had fun and we enjoyed ourselves.”