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Rain was falling all around in early evening before we left. My team left base camp at about 6 p.m. The whole team walked in single file towards jungle camp. The jungle path was steep, muddy, slippery and full of protruding roots and rocks. Sharp torns on jungle plants could easily cut anybody. My team reached jungle campsite at around 7.30 p.m. We quickly pitched camp, set up 3 hammocks, made a small fire for cooking, cleared area of obstruction, and set up our defense. We ate our dinner very quickly as our cease-fire ends at 8.30 p.m. and we can expect any attack from our enemy from then onwards. Our food was simple camp food - rice, canned sardines, and canned beans. We had plenty of eggs, but these were our ammunition, not our food.
The Wargames was an eye-opener for us. We could experience how a soldier fighting in jungle and going on a mission feels. It is to kill or be killed. He has to use his wits to survive. His eyes must be sharp. He must be sure where his enemies are and where his comrades are in order not to shoot his own people. His sentries must be alert all time. His camp perimeter should have booby trap to prevent enemy's approach from an unexpected direction, maybe from tree tops…..
A lot happened during night. Each team has its own tale to tell. To make a long story short - mission was successful. But it was a long, long night.
On third day morning, all teams made their way out of jungle at about 7.30 a.m. after breaking camp and packing. It was a battle-weary night. All teams who emerged from jungle were a sorry sight to behold. Covered with mud, and egg slime from head to toe, unkempt hair, wet clothing, tired bodies we were thankful to be able to reach base camp.
After washing up, we were transported by mini bus to a riverbank where lorry wheel inner tubes and bamboo had already been prepared. We were taught how to fabricate rafts, and when rafts were ready, we paddled downstream for about 3 miles and presented our prize (the flags) to a "Penghulu" (village headman) who was waiting there. The mission has been accomplished!
These were just brief summaries of what happened during Experiential Team Building exercise. It has taught in some way or another something of value to all participants.
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