With minimal amount of time, and the event to occur on the fifth day of our stay in EMRS, the 3 team admins were informed that there would be a team bonding session for the entire EMRS team. With that told, we started planning and writing a proposal for the games that can be played during the session. Initially, we planned some games such as Water Captain's Ball, but was later rejected by the supervisors as we did not consider some safety issues or personal issues. Secondly, there was also a game called "HA HA HA", in which participants of the game would be required to lie on each other's stomach and play the game. For this, we also neglected the fact that some people would not feel comfortable with it. However, we came up with back-up games to substitute the ones that are rejected. We also tried to ensure that the games are not boring for the participants.
4th March came within a blink of an eye and it was event day.
We started off the team bonding event with our first activity, 'Dog-and-Bone'. It was held at the open area near SBM club. It was easy for peers to grasp the concept of the game as it is a common childhood game. 'Dog-and-Bone' was the perfect activity to bring the mood up as it promoted enthusiasm and competitiveness in our peers. It also served as an ice breaker as peers were not divided according to the usual Team 2, 3, 4 but instead mixed.
The flow of the game was smooth but unfortunately, on of our members fell and hurt herself while chasing the opponent further into the game. Thankfully first aid was provided and planned prior to the event. The first aider (one of the admins) helped to her wound.
Although what could be improved on the team admin's part was that we could have reminded and briefed the team that safety was important and they should be careful and not be over competitive.
The second activity was 'Human Knot'. It was held at the same area to prevent time wastage in moving from one area to another. Human Knot was played respectively among Team 2, 3 and 4. The purpose of this game is to ensure members communicate and share their ideas with each other so as to arrive to a solution.
The third activity was ‘Captain’s Ball’. We chose this game because we wanted them to be more active and interactive. This game of ball catching would improve their communication skills. Teamwork would also come into play in order to win.
The initial plan was for it to be held at the outdoor Basketball court, but due to bad weather, the Team Admins decided to carry the activity out at the Dome even though there was limited space.
At the beginning, the game seemed slow. The girls were quite reserved and did not want to play and most boys were the ones enthusiastic and playing. We then came up with a solution to have a match just between the girls.
Below is a video of how captain’s ball was carried out at the Dome.
After this event, we’ve learnt that we should be more prepared in terms of planning such as selection of venues to ensure the smoothness of the event.