Our Little Update Vol. 1 ‐ October, 2009
This season we continued to build upon our adventure programs with the further development of “Adventure Island”. A short distance away from The Lagoon (unbeknownst to most), campers have the opportunity to develop team‐work, leadership and communication skills on our low‐ropes course and experience a night out in the wild, setting up their tents and preparing a meal for one another over the campfire. Students from NPS Intl. making the most of their extended lunch break during a trek along the banks of the Mentawak River.
Although Little Planet is a year round endeavour for some of us, October and the coming of the monsoon season here in Juara marks the end of another fantastic season. Not only did 2009 bring us the opportunity to build on existing relationships while adapting and improving programs, but it introduced us to new campers, staff, activities and locations. To a much greater extent than we could have expected, the past six months have made it clear just how important developing ties and sharing resources within our community can be. Continuing to develop our close relationship with the Juara Turtle Project is a top priority, as we saw just how well our mandates and operating methods coincide. Exposing campers to the work of an active and ongoing turtle conservation program has proven to be an incredibly affective method of promoting the virtues of awareness, responsibility and action.
Campers from St. Joseph’s Institution Intl. get accustomed to their new home for the night on Adventure Island.
2009 marked Little Planet’s first excursion to China. In what was the first of hopefully a great deal more of these opportunities, several members of the Little Planet team packed their bags, picked up a group from NPS Intl. in Singapore and made their way to Guilin, in Southern China. Upon arrival, we were met by our friends from TerraTribes, who proceeded to take us on an epic adventure that included trekking through the stunning rice terraces of Longshen and then into the surreal, karst filled, Li River Valley. From our base in Yangshuo we ventured out on daily trips that included rock climbing, biking, caving and kayaking. Again, our relationship with TerraTribes is one that has proven to be completely symbiotic, and we sincerely hope that we have plenty of chances to join forces in the future. Garden International School students excavate and eventually remove an absolutely massive entanglement of rope, netting and other debris that had washed up on Mentawak beach directly in front of the JTP.
NPS Intl. students make a quick stop on their bike ride to take advantage of one of the endless photo opportunities provided by the Li River.
Although we operate in beautiful places and generally engage in pretty awesome activities; at the heart of Little Planet lies an amazing group of high energy, dynamic people that we are privileged enough to be able to call our staff. It’s obvious that instructors at Little Planet generally love what they do, but that’s not to say that it’s easy. The family has grown substantially over the past year and every addition has been a positive one. From Coco‐House skits to bizarre renditions of morning stretches to back‐flips; throughout the season, the energy, creativity and uniqueness of our staff team kept things fresh and fun. Anyone that has spent time with us at The Lagoon is well aware of how much work goes into preparing meals and maintaining the property. A huge “thank you!” needs to be given to the handful of incredibly hardworking individuals that do all of this so diligently, day after day.
LP Staff celebrate the most dramatic draw in the history of LP tug‐of‐war.
Bring on 2010!