Group pic of 4th Miri Company

Story by James TC Wong, photos by James TC Wong, Angela Asin and Audrey Lui

Sep 27 – In line with its tradition, the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade of 4th Miri held their annual camping weekend from Sep 23-25.

This year’s camp theme was “Transforming Youth, Crossover Move On”.

With the anticipation of a fun weekend ahead, a steady stream of Boys and Girls started to arrive at the Kampung Sukan Petronas on the evening of Sep 23.

After registration the campers were given a warm welcome and briefing by BB Captain Roseline Lee, who was also the Camp Commandant.

A scrumptious buffet was served to kick start the camp, followed by praise and worship singing led by the BB helpers.

The evening’s highlight was the exciting ice-breaking games. Five teams were quickly created – SpongeBob, Kick Buttowski, Grey Family, Shrek and Blue Angry Bird. The two games drew much cheers and camaraderie especially among the campers who were unfamiliar with each other.

Early Saturday morning saw the whole camp assembled at the amphitheatre for a brisk morning exercise led by Jennifer Goh, a well-known aerobics instructor and church member.

The first session for the Juniors started at 8:30 am. To align with the camp’s theme, the topic “Armor of God” was presented by Robert Ting.

The phrase “Armor of God” is taken from Ephesians 6:11. It is a metaphor used to illustrate a physical armor worn to fight against the devil’s schemes. Through an interactive type of session, the Juniors learned about the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit.

In another conference room, the Seniors attended a two-hour session by Fidella Tiew. The topic was “Social and Emotional Development” whereby the attendees were taken to task to transform for the better in six areas – physical, emotional and behavioral, social, intellectual and spiritual.

After the morning session, the five teams were briefed for the “Talent Time Night” and each leader had to randomly pick a pre-assigned Bible verse for their team’s skit performance for the evening.

Following lunch, the teams were led to participate in the physical games organized by Seniors and BB helpers. All the teams enjoyed the challenging Life and Station games held outdoor and indoor.

During the evening parents came and attended the “Talent Time Night”. They were surprised and delighted that the campers could creatively organize themselves to perform despite such short notice given.

On Sunday morning Fidella Tiew shared a session on “Obedience, Our Gift to God”. Before the camp came to a close, all the campers sat in a huge circle taking turns to share their experience.

Loh Zhen Xing, a first-time camper from SRK (C) Chung Hua Pujut said he was glad to have participated in the camp. “I have learned many things and I also made new friends. I will be back next year,” he added.

“Through the years in 4th Miri I am proud to see the Boys and Girls grow spiritually, mentally and physically . Some of you were Juniors when you first joined and now you are Seniors setting good example as role model,” praised GB Officer Julia Chin.

Camp Commandant Lee also expressed her appreciation to all the officers and helpers involved in organizing the camp. “We also want to thank the parents who support our camp by sending their children to us.”

Rev. Lisa Ting, the Chaplain of 4th Miri Girls’ Brigade also dropped by the camp a couple of times to support and encourage the campers.

In the final tally Grey Family emerged champions in the best team performance, followed by Blue Angry Bird and Shrek.

From start to the end, the goal of the camp was achieved – to discipline and disciple, to nourish spiritually, and to have fun.

All praise and glory to God!

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