Activate Youth Camp for 2019 has hinged on Convergence as we aim to bring it all together into focus. The morning started with the camp drill as campers woke to a warm up exercise to keep fit for the day’s session before heading for breakfast.
Following this was flashlight! Flashlight was a recap of what was learned from arrival and introductory sessions of yesterday and expectations for today. Straight out of flashlight, we moved into Adventure. This is a breakout session in small groups supervised by mentors where campers discuss frankly about their career objectives, ask sincere questions and share ideas openly about what they need to achieve their goals with fellow campers guided by mentors in their groups and coordinated by Mrs. Rotimi Adeaga.
To set the pace, they were asked to daydream into the future, explore their passion, find where they want to be and build on them after which they came to share with the entire camp their discovery of what they want to become in future.
Today, we were graced with the warm and lovely presence of Dr. (Mrs.) Bola Balogun who is the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development representing the wife of the Lagos State Governor Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu. She brought goodwill messages noting that “Activate Youth Camp builds independence and confidence. It is an opportunity for youth to learn new skills that will be useful and help them make a meaningful participation in the society”. In rounding up, she admonished that as campers here and as young people we should: “understand our focus, organize our life, know our purpose, trust people to do things, set priorities, avoid distractions, ask for advice and don’t lose track.”
In the afternoon, our skills sessions started. The skills for this year are sewing, craft accessories, graphics design, Ankara accessories making, paper craft, dance, adire, photography and small chops making. Today being our first day, theoretical and introductory trainings were held for the skills. The break sessions formed the rest of the afternoon and evening which were were used for sports. After all, “all work and no play? ...
The climax of tonight was when our participants displayed their talents in comedy with selected performers gracing the stage to flex muscles on comedy before ace comedian Saco who was our guest for the night. He went on to share personal experiences to motivate campers to “focus on their dreams as it is never too big neither can you get arrested for dreaming big.”