Leadership Formation Camp

The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held its annual Leadership Formation Camp from Aug 31-Sept 2.

Oct 05, 2018

By Esther Chai
 The Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) held its annual Leadership Formation Camp from Aug 31-Sept 2.

Themed Recognising a Leader, the camp focussed on the Bible passage taken from Luke 24:13-35 (Road to Emmaus). The camp was held at Kampung Pueh, Sematan, with 55 participants.

The camp was specially designed to train the upcoming committees of the Young Christian Students (YCS) in various schools how to manage the club in schools and to organise KYCS activities. There were five sessions spread over the three days, covering not only the technical aspects of leadership but also the spirituality aspect of leadership. The participants also had a chance to deepen their knowledge of the YCS Methodology: ‘See, Judge and Act’ throughout the camp.

They were also taught multiple animation songs and games to help them to attract more members to the club. With Jesus at the centre, this camp started and ended each day with a Prayer. Two Masses were also held, one of which was for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation where the participants learnt the importance of conserving the environment. The other Mass was held in BM and the kampong folk also joined in.

A session was also held to let the participants experience a Praise and Worship Session. As the camp was held at Kampung Pueh, Sematan, the city participants were also exposed to life in the kampung. They learnt to appreciate the simple things in life and to not be wasteful with their resources. On behalf of KYCS, we would like to thank the kind kampong folk of Kampung Pueh who welcomed us into their homes. -- kchadyouth

Here are the sharings from the participants:

“I am grateful that I was able to participate in the LFC this year. I gained leadership skills and loved how the speakers try to help us grow. I hope that all participants can lead their YCS members with the skills learnt at camp and I hope YCS will grow bigger. I thank all the YCS leaders in this camp for all the wonderful experiences.” -- Lucia Lunggan, 16, SMK Penrissen

“LFC taught me how to be a good leader. This camp showed me what a good leader needs to do. Every session was purposeful and gave us a chance to discuss in order to solve or complete the assignments. The camp not only taught us how to be good leaders but also about the importance of communicating with the community around us.’ -- Celestine, 16, SMK Balai Ringin

“I am very thankful to have been a part of this camp as I have learnt many valuable and important lessons throughout the camp. The theme of the camp was very suitable and it was a blessing to have met the kampong people. I learnt how to be a great leader when mingling with them.” -- Noel Fidelis, 15, SMK St Joseph

“The camp was great. I met new friends and learnt new songs. I also enjoyed the team building games as it taught me about teamwork and humility. The sharing sessions were also useful and I gained a lot of knowledge from it. It was one of the best camps that I have ever attended.” -- Magdalena Maya, 16, Kolej Abdillah

A successful camp with a clear message in which being a leader is more than just leading a team but serving others and leading together as a team. Important points such as humility and selflessness were stressed on throughout the sessions. Putting God at the centre of everything that we do and taking Jesus Christ as a great example of a leader was portrayed in our theme, The Walk to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35) -- Marlene Ram, SMK St Joseph

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