YMCA Special Youth Camp is an annual camp organised by the YMCA Deaf Teens
and Deaf Youth Clubs with minimal assistance from Staff/ Volunteers. Started
as a community project in 1990, it is now an annual project for our Deaf
August 2004, the KL YMCA Deaf Teens Club and Young Achievers’ Club will
once again co-organise this year’s Special Youth Camp. After their successful
collaboration co-organising, on behalf of the Malaysian Coalition for
the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness
Week from 29th May 2004 to 1st June 2004 at the
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, the teens from both club have gained much
confidence in working together. As such, it is only natural to continue
this exemplary spirit of working as a team on another challenging yet
eventually satisfying project.
Camp is organised for “special youths” - youth with epilepsy or Down’s
Syndrome, slow learners, the mentally challenged, and physically challenged.
Students from the following Homes/Institutions have benefited from participating
in this 3-day special camp - Bethany Home, Wisma Harapan, PDK Selayang
, Persatuan Kanak Kanak Istimewa, Kajang and Asia Community Service.
The Camp aims to provide these
“special youths” a unique opportunity to share in fellowship and to work
together, helping one another develop and improve self-esteem, self-confidence,
self-determination and greater self-reliance. The Camp is also a platform
for Leadership Development for the Deaf Teens/Youth. They are involved
in programme planning, decision-making and implementing their plans and
the various activities. On occasions service groups like the Rotary Club
has rendered their services. It is also an opportunity for interaction
between the Hearing Volunteers and the teens/ Youth with Special Needs
and also the staff/ caregivers to network with one another.
variety of programmes are planned to achieve these aims – interactive
skills games, group recreational activities, nature and environmental
activities, obstacle course and water-based activities.
Some of the activities in the
activities –canoeing, swimming, etc, to instil team spirit and working
activities – to build confidence, develop skills
Carnival – to practise their skills in tasks, like decision-making, counting,
and have fun while doing so
– to express their creativity and artistic abilities
night/ campfire – fellowship and sharing of their talents
exploration – discovery and appreciation of surroundings
Through these activities, the
campers, in spite of differing abilities, are able to interact and mutually
benefit from participation in them – each in their own way.
The Camp is a unique experience
of CARING and SHARING – in ONE big, happy family, where NO ONE needs to
feel left out!
KL YMCA Deaf Teens Club and
Young Achievers’ Club hope that the public will come forth to support
by giving financial donations or sponsorships of prizes and other essential