Yaki Youth Camp: The most creative camp ever!

Those were the exact words of our participants, proclaimed with pride as they closed off their jingle routine! Would you like to know exactly how creative our camp was? Read on to find out!
Persis itu kata-kata peserta kami, diucapkan dengan bangga ketika mereka mengakhiri yel-yel mereka! Ingin tahu seberapa kreatif camp kami? Baca terus artikel ini!

Participants were given a warm welcome to the our very first Yaki Youth Camp by Caroline!

After almost two months of visiting high schools in Langowan and Tomohon, followed by some whirlwind preparation, the SY team are finally in Pa’Dior, North Sulawesi Arts and Culture Foundation, Tompaso, waiting excitedly for the participants to arrive! Yunita and Harry picked up the six students from Langowan. Not long after, Caroline and Reyni returned from Tomohon with the remaining twelve participants. The students signed the registration sheet and after receiving their goody bag, proceeded to fill in a short pre-activity questionnaire. After short introductions, the students were directed to their rooms to unpack and wash up before the activities started.
Setelah hampir dua bulan berkunjung ke SMA-SMA di Langowan dan Tomohon, diikuti masa persiapan yang singkat, tim SY akhirnya berada di Pa’Dior, Yayasan Institut Seni Budaya Sulawesi Utara, Tompaso, menunggu para peserta tiba! Yunita dan Harry menjemput enam siswa di Langowan. Tidak lama kemudian, Caroline and Reyni tiba dengan dua belas siswa dari Tomohon. Para siswa menandatangani daftar hadir dan setelah menerima goody bag, mereka mengisi kuesioner pra-kegiatan. Setelah perkenalan singkat, para siswa diarahkan ke kamar mereka untuk menata barang dan mandi sebelum kegiatan dimulai.

Can you memorize all the names? Bisakah kamu mengingat semua nama?
Can you memorize all the names? Bisakah kamu mengingat semua nama?

After their break, everyone loosened up with some icebreakers! Caroline guided the team through a name game, where everyone had to memorize everyone else’s names in a certain order. After that, everyone had one minute to queue up according to their names in alphabetical order, then two minutes to queue up according to the order of their birth dates. It was a great way to get to know everyone! To further break the ice, everyone learned the camp song together. It was a mix of a well-known folk song, “Nona Manis” and the international favorite “If You’re Happy And You Know It.” The tune was catchy and the movements were light and fun. Everyone caught on in no time! The icebreaker session was followed by a hearty dinner, then a couple of rounds of Environmental Hangman. The game was followed by watching the BBC clip “Yaki Sang Penjaga Hutan”. Then it was bedtime – we have a busy day tomorrow!

Here's a shot of the camp song! Where does the black macaque live? Ini adalah jepretan gerakan yel-yel! Yaki hitam ada di mana?
Here’s a shot of the camp song! Where does the black macaque live? Ini adalah jepretan gerakan yel-yel! Yaki hitam ada di mana?

Sesudah break diadakan icebreaker agar semua peserta santai! Caroline menuntun para peserta dalam permainan yang mengharuskan semua peserta menghafal semua nama peserta lain, sesuai urutan tertentu. Setelah itu, semua peserta diberi waktu satu menit untuk berbaris sesuai urutan abjad nama mereka, kemudian dua menit untuk berbaris sesuai urutan tanggal lahir mereka. Ini adalah cara bagus agar semua saling mengenal! Kemudian, agar semua semakin santai, semuanya belajar yel-yel Yaki Youth Camp bersama-sama. Yel-yel ini adalah medley “Nona Manis” dan “Kalau Rasa Gembira Tepuk Tangan.” Nada yang mudah diingat dan gerakan yang ringan membuat semua peserta langsung menghafal yel-yel ini! Sesi icebreaker diikuti makan malam, kemudian beberapa ronde Hangman Lingkungan – permainan tebak kata bertema lingkungan. Game ini diikuti nonton bareng video BBC “Yaki Sang Penjaga Hutan”. Sesudah itu, waktunya tidur – besok adalah hari yang sangat sibuk!

Morning Zumba! Mari jo iko!
Morning Zumba! Mari jo iko!

The participants were up at the break of dawn on Saturday – and (as Caroline and Yunita, who supervised the students’ rooms, will confirm) it was totally voluntary! The participants were so excited they were up well before the 6AM morning gymnastics schedule. At 6AM sharp everyone was on the courtyard, moving to the beat of a selection of zumba songs, guided by Reyni and Yunita. Most of the people present had never even heard of zumba before, but that didn’t stop them from having a blast! The morning zumba was followed by shower time and breakfast, and then it was time to get down to business. Caroline gave the first talk about how students, even with their limited free time and resources, could contribute to conservation efforts. The session was followed by a speed-storming session – a cross between speed-dating and brainstorming – where everyone sat with a partner to discuss new ideas on how to contribute to yaki conservation.

Speedstorming to get more ideas how we can contribute to yaki conservation!

Speedstorming to get more ideas how we can contribute to yaki conservation!

The students then split into pre-determined groups, or rambos as we called them, to pick the ten best ideas and present them to everyone. This was the first of a series of mini-competitions we held during camp! The groups earned scores based on how well they completed their task. This first session was won by Rambo 2 with some great awareness raising ideas that were still feasible for students!

Para peserta bangun sebelum matahari terbit pada hari Sabtu – dan (seperti yang dibenarkan Caroline dan Yunita, yang mengawasi kamar para siswa) mereka bangun atas inisiatif sendiri! Saking semangatnya, para peserta bangun jauh sebelum waktunya olahraga pagi pada pukul 06.00. Pukul 06.00 tepat semua sudah berada di lapangan, bergerak sesuai irama lagu-lagu zumba, dituntun Reyni dan Yunita. Sebagian besar peserta belum pernah mendengar tentang zumba sebelumnya, tapi mereka tetap bersenang-senang! Zumba pagi itu diikuti jam MCK dan makan pagi, kemudian waktunya bekerja.

Can you see the creativeness bubbling?

Can you see the creativeness bubbling?

Caroline membawakan sesi pertama mengenai bagaimana siswa, bahkan dengan waktu luang dan sumber daya terbatas, bisa berkontribusi terhadap konservasi. Sesi ini diikuti sesi speed-storming di mana semua orang duduk berpasangan untuk membahas ide-ide kegiatan yang bisa mereka lakukan untuk konservasi yaki. Para siswa kemudian berpisah ke kelompok-kelompok, atau rambo, yang sudah ditentukan sebelumnya, untuk memilih sepuluh ide terbaik dan mempresentasikannya di depan semua peserta. Ini adalah lomba pertama yang kami adakan dalam camp! Tiap kelompok memperoleh nilai berdasarkan seberapa baik hasil yang mereka peroleh. Sesi pertama dimenangkan Rambo 2 dengan beberapa ide kegiatan yang sangat bagus namun masih mungkin dilakukan siswa!

A snack break followed, and then it was Andrew’s turn to explain how photography can help conservation campaigns. The rambos then split up again, this time to take their own inspirational photo + caption that could motivate others to care about the environment. Everyone was encouraged to use phone cameras because we wanted to emphasize the importance of the conservation message instead of the quality of the equipment. Rambo 4 won this photography round! While the rambos wandered around Pa’Dior, looking for objects to use in their photographs, raindrops had begun to fall, and it started raining hard during lunch. Dr Saroyo and a team of lecturers from UNSRAT joined us for the third session, where Dr Saroyo was to give a talk on how important the yaki is to our environment and why we should protect them.

Dr. Saroyo from UNSRAT giving a talk about the role of the yaki in the forest and the importance of the yaki to humans.

Dr. Saroyo from UNSRAT giving a talk about the role of the yaki in the forest and the importance of the yaki to humans.

To demonstrate this message, we let our participants try out a yaki computer game, newly developed by Jurriaan! Seeing how conservation efforts needed a good dose of fun, he developed a computer game to describe the yaki’s habitat and demonstrate the dangers they face. This shows how even computer programming can contribute to conservation. Each group took turns to achieve the highest score. The winner was Rambo 1 with a whopping 97 points! These lucky participants were among the very first people who tried out the yaki game. Now this game is live on the internet for you to play! Don’t forget to check it out here!

Setelah jeda snack, giliran Andrew untuk menjelaskan bagaimana fotografi bisa membantu kampanye konservasi. Rambo-rambo kembali berpisah, kali ini untuk menjepret foto mereka yang akan dipasangkan dengan caption inspiratif yang bisa memotivasi orang lain untuk lebih peduli lingkungan. Semua peserta menggunakan kamera HP karena kami ingin lebih menekankan pentingnya pesan konservasi daripada canggihnya peralatan. Rambo 4 memenangkan ronde fotografi ini! Ketika rambo-rambo berkeliling Pa’Dior, mencari objek foto, hujan mulai turun, dan menjadi deras ketika makan siang. Dr Saroyo dan tim dosen dari UNSRAT bergabung dengan kami untuk sesi ketiga, di mana Dr Saroyo membahas pentingnya yaki bagi lingkungan dan mengapa kita perlu melindungi mereka.

Let's the games begin! Our brand-new Yaki online game introduced and made by Jurriaan Gillissen.

Let’s the games begin! Our brand-new Yaki online game introduced and made by Jurriaan Gillissen.

Untuk demonstrasikan pesan ini, para peserta memainkan computer game yaki, karya Jurriaan! Ketika melihat bahwa kegiatan konservasi perlu tambahan kegiatan yang asyik, ia mengembangkan game computer untuk menggambarkan habitat yaki serta ancaman yang mereka hadapi. Ini menunjukkan bahwa pemrograman komputer pun bisa berkontribusi pada usaha konservasi. Tiap kelompok bergiliran bermain untuk mendapatkan skor tertinggi. Pemenangnya adalah Rambo 1 dengan skor 97! Para peserta beruntung ini adalah orang-orang pertama yang mencoba game yaki kami. Game ini sekarang sudah live di internet untuk kalian mainkan! Klik link ini untuk memainkan game-nya!

Is it raining outside? We're having too much fun inside to notice! Apakah di luar hujan? Kami keasyikan di dalam dan tidak sempat memperhatikan!

Is it raining outside? We’re having too much fun inside to notice! Apakah di luar hujan? Kami keasyikan di dalam dan tidak sempat memperhatikan!

Another snack break followed, and then it was time for another dance session! Alexa and her team from Manado had come for a zumba demonstration! Reyni explained how even dance can be used to express our concern and support for the environment, and how we could use it to raise awareness. Alexa’s demonstration followed Reyni’s explanation, and everyone was on their feet, dancing with gusto despite the pounding rain outside! After a couple of high-spirited songs, the rambos split up again, this time to come up with their own awareness raising concept and dance routine. Rambo 4 won this round, with their concept for a flash mob in the Tomohon market!

Rambo 2 seems to be rehearsing a very interesting dance routine. Sepertinya Rambo 2 sedang latihan gerakan dance yang sangat menarik.

Rambo 2 seems to be rehearsing a very interesting dance routine. Sepertinya Rambo 2 sedang latihan gerakan dance yang sangat menarik.

Setelah jeda snack, saatnya untuk sesi dance! Alexa dan timnya dari Manado telah datang untuk demonstrasi zumba! Reyni menjelaskan bagaimana dance pun bisa digunakan untuk mengekspresikan keprihatinan dan dukungan kita terhadap isu lingkungan, dan bagaimana kita bisa memanfaatkannya untuk meningkatkan kesadaran. Penjelasan Reyni diikuti demonstrasi Alexa, dan semuanya ikut bergerak, melakukan gerakan dance dengan semangat, meski di luar hujan keras! Setelah beberapa lagu yang bersemangat, rambo-rambo kembali berpisah, kali ini untuk menyusuk konsep penyadartahuan bagi masyarakat serta gerakan dance. Rambo 4 memenangkan ronde ini, dengan konsep flash mob di pasar Tomohon!

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Celebrating Earth Hour by switching off the electricity for one hour. Earth Hour is global initiative to contribute to a better environment.

 

Following the energetic session, everyone got the chance to wash up and have dinner. The rain showed no signs of abating. We had to cancel our plans for bonfire night, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t celebrate Earth Hour! Lights went out at 8.30PM sharp, and we each lit a candle, pledging to help save the yaki as our action for protecting our environment and our Earth. Before we celebrated Earth Hour, we watched a special video message from SLANK. SLANK’s music is loved by many generations in Indonesia, and this group of youngsters was no exception. Now, SLANK is inspiring our ambassadors to reach out to other people through music! During this lights out session, each rambo had to make up their own jingle and perform it in front of everyone. Rambo 1 won this round, with their mix of songs and their opening and closing line, “Yaki Youth Camp: The most creative camp ever!”

Celebrating Earth Hour by candle light!

Celebrating Earth Hour by candle light!

Setelah sesi yang energik itu, semua peserta mandi dan makan malam. Tidak ada tanda-tanda hujan akan reda. Kami terpaksa membatalkan rencana malam api unggun, tapi kami masih bisa merayakan Earth Hour! Lampu dipadamkan tepat pukul 20.30, dan masing-masing menyalakan lilin dan berjanji untuk membantu menyelamatkan yaki sebagai aksi kami untuk melindungi lingkungan dan Bumi. Sebelum kami merayakan Earth Hour, kami menonton pesan video istimewa dari SLANK. Musik SLANK disukai banyak kalangan di Indonesia, dan kelompok pemuda ini bukan pengecualian. Sekarang, SLANK menginspirasi duta-duta kami untuk menjangkau masyarakat melalui musik! Pada sesi mati lampu ini, setiap rambo menciptakan yel-yel dan mementaskannya di depan semua orang. Rambo 1 memenangkan ronde ini, dengan medley lagu dan kalimat pembuka dan penutup, “Yaki Youth Camp: The most creative camp ever!”

Dr Benny also explained how the National Narcotics Board is working to eradicate drugs and helping addicts in Indonesia. Dr Benny Mamoto juga menjelaskan peran BNN dalam memberantas narkoba dan membantu para pecandu di Indonesia.

 

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Minggu pagi diawali dengan jogging ke pacuan kuda di sebelah kompleks Pa’Dior. Setelah MCK dan makan pagi, semua peserta mengikuti ibadah di kapel, dipimpin Yunita. Dr. Benny Mamoto juga bergabung dengan kami! Setelah ibadah, semua peserta mengunjungi Wale Anti Narkoba, fasilitas pendidikan di Pa’Dior mengenai bahaya zat adiktif, dipandu langsung oleh Dr. Benny Mamoto. Ada banyak hal menarik yang dipamerkan yang menjelaskan bahaya zat adiktif, terutama di Indonesia, dan semua alasan mengapa zat-zat tersebut harus dihindari. Bahaya di balik zat adiktif belum diketahui masyarakat luas, dan kami senang duta-duta kami belajar mengenai bahaya ini dan bisa memberitahukan keluarga dan teman-teman mereka! Tur Wale Anti Narkoba diikuti oleh sesi penanaman pohon. Semua peserta dan panitia berpasangan menanam satu pohon gaharu di tempat yang sudah disediakan.

 

Students preparing their own presentations to be given at elementary and junior high schools - spreading the word as Yaki Ambassador!

Students preparing their own presentations to be given at elementary and junior high schools – spreading the word as Yaki Ambassador!

Now it was time for the students to prepare their own talks for junior high and elementary schools. The students split into groups, different from their rambos, and prepared talks based on a powerpoint hand-out, supervised by our SY team. After everything they had learned the previous day, the students showed a lot of confidence! Time passed quickly and it was soon time for lunch. After lunch, it was time for the long awaited moment: the crowning of the champions! After five mini-competitions, the scores were tallied and the result? Rambo 3 came in fourth. Rambo 4 came in third. Rambo 2 was the runner-up, and Rambo 1 was the champion of Yaki Youth Camp! Aside from the certificates that we handed out to all participants, Rambo 1 got a very special prize: a special yaki photograph, photographed by Andrew Walmsley and signed by the man himself!

Special prize for the winners of this Yaki Youth Camp: a framed photo of Andrew Walmsley signed by the man himself!

Special prize for the winners of this Yaki Youth Camp: a framed photo of Andrew Walmsley signed by the man himself!

Sekarang saatnya para siswa mempersiapkan presentasi mereka untuk SMP dan SD. Para siswa dibagi menjadi kelompok yang berbeda dengan rambo mereka, dan menyiapkan presentasi berdasarkan hand-out powerpoint, dengan disupervisi tim SY. Setelah semua yang mereka pelajari hari sebelumnya, mereka terlihat sangat percaya diri! Waktu berlalu dengan cepat dan tidak terasa sudah waktunya makan siang. Setelah makan siang, tibalah acara yang ditunggu-tunggu: penyerahan hadiah bagi juara! Setelah lima lomba, skor-skor dijumlahkan dan hasilnya? Rambo 3 berada di urutan 4. Rambo 4 berada di urutan 3. Rambo 2 adalah juara 2, dan Rambo 1 adalah juara 1 Yaki Youth Camp! Di samping sertifikat untuk semua peserta, Rambo 1 mendapat hadiah istimewa: foto yaki istimewa, hasil jepretan Andrew Walmsley dan ditandatangani oleh orangnya sendiri!

Handing the certificates! Every participants received an official Yaki Ambassador certificate!

Handing the certificates! Every participants received an official Yaki Ambassador certificate!

It was time to pack up and say good-bye, and more than one student expressed their wish that the camp could go on longer. Now we’ve seen how successful the camp was, we wished so too! We had an awesome weekend with these enthusiastic young individuals, and we have high hopes for our ambassadors to reach out to more people and spread our conservation message even further! Together we learned about yaki conservation, contributing to conservation, speaking to young audiences, awareness raising, photography, computer game programming, dance, and music, went through priceless experiences and had great fun. Yaki Youth Camp may be over, but you haven’t seen the last of us! Stay tuned for our upcoming talks at junior high schools and elementary schools in Tomohon and Langowan. Together we can accomplish so much more than if we were to work alone!

Our Education team, Yunita, Thirza and Caroline, are so proud of our new Yaki Ambassadors!

Our Education team, Yunita, Thirza and Caroline, are so proud of our new Yaki Ambassadors!

Kini saatnya mengemas barang dan berpisah, dan lebih dari satu siswa berkata ingin camp berlangsung lebih lama. Kini kami melihat betapa suksesnya camp ini, kami juga berhadap bisa demikian! Kami melewati weekend yang luar biasa dengan pemuda-pemudi yang bersemangat ini, dan kami memiliki harapan besar bagi duta-duta kami untuk bisa menjangkau lebih banyak orang dan menyebarkan pesan konservasi kami! Bersama-sama kami belajar mengenai konservasi yaki, berkontribusi terhadap konservasi, berbicara dengan anak-anak, peningkatan kesadaran, fotografi, programming game komputer, dance, musik, mendapat pengalaman berharga dan bersenang-senang. Yaki Youth Camp mungkin sudah selesai, tapi kalian masih akan mendengar kabar dari kami! Ikuti terus berita kami mengenai sosialisasi di SD dan SMP di Tomohon dan Langowan. Bersama-sama kita bisa mencapai jauh lebih banyak dibandingkan bekerja sendiri-sendiri!

Here’s to Yaki Youth Camp: the most creative camp ever!

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