Agagooga shares his thoughts on university Orientation camps. I never did attend one myself, being the anti-social jerk that I was, and neither did Mike, I think (although he had to attend Chinese camp, which is as low as you can get). So this was an interesting read for me.
One of his readers said: "Finished your blog. You are v diligent, but all those activities *shudder* are why I hate orientation activities. PS: In the US, they don't waste time with that for univ orientations. They just cut ahead to socialising and getting drunk."
I'd vote for Miss Camp Wet T-shirt Queen contests, but that's just me.
But hey, if camps are your thing, more power to you.
Orientation camps are an excuse for everyone to indulge in acts mass stupidity, for by humiliating yourself together with everyone, inhibitions and barriers are broken down and friends are more easily made (NB: There is nothing wrong with engaging in juvenile acts, but one does not need to have the excuse of a camp to do so). Orientation camps are mostly similar, but I hadn't been to one since J1, and that wasn't a residential one, so I wanted to break the monotony of bumming, have fun, soak in some atmosphere and of course make the observations which I am now throwing into the public domain.
Update: There was a ST forum letter today from someone who obviously does not appreciate the er, social nature of university camps. I am shocked and appalled too, we never had such fun activities like girls sitting on guys' laps on a long bus ride in my day (if they did I might have joined a camp or two):
NTU sports camp - or was it a 'buaya' camp?
KUDOS should be given to the organisers of the recent sports camp organised by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Sports Club to promote sports and help freshies make new friends.
However, I have some reservations about the swim from the mainland to Pulau Seletar.
What safety precautions did the organisers take and what contingency plans did they have in the event of a mishap, especially after a few nights of sleep deprivation when concentration might be low.
Although games often involve forfeits, I do not see how a forfeit of a female partner stripping the swimming trunks off her male partner has anything to do with promoting sports. And what about having girls sit on guys' laps on the bus from NTU to Sentosa?
In fact, the sports camp was littered with embarrassing game rules and forfeits involving excessive and unnecessary physical contact between male and female participants.
The organisers said this is a tradition maintained over the years. I find the conduct of the sports camp deplorable and ask NTU authorities to look into this 'tradition'.
AARON GOH YUXIANG