• Voice From Campers

    〜 Extracted from past PRIC report 〜

    Junior High School Student

    PRIC2014

    At camp, we were told to sing nonsense lyrics: Banana Song. It is not in Japanese or in English, nor Spanish; they are words that do not seem to say anything. It was entertaining the way we sing that song at the beginning of the program, but because of the desire that we all put on the song, it become a hymn of joy and friendship at camp. Towards the program’s end, Taku-San told us that the song itself does not have a tangible meaning, but we gave it a real meaning with the laughs, tears, mistakes and achievements we lived through this short time. From a nonsense song, 'Banana Song' became our symbol, because of the way we sang from the bottom of our hearts.

    High School Student

    PRIC2014

    On one of the last days when we were required to plan, prepare, and cook our own lunch over the camper's fire. It was my task to decide the menu. I couldn’t believe it. It was so much hard work trying to think about what everyone would like to eat. This kind of group work made me see that I had to think and consider others in my group. When I was able to organize a menu successfully and make everyone happy, I knew that I had grown and the job was a good task for me. The result was that this activity was a really good learning experience.

    Junior High School Student

    PRIC2014

    We learned on the first day of main camp in Takato that three of the messages that they wanted to convey to us campers were that of Leadership, Followership and Friendship and how the three of them, called “the three ships” are very interlinked. Throughout the camp from then on this was incorporated into the camp by the staff and how through leadership comes followership, and through followership comes friendship. The camp encouraged friendship and the formation of a PRIC family and in the period since the camp, I have remained in contact with a lot of the other campers and look forward to doing so for the years to come. Bonding with people who grew up in completely different cultures to me was really interesting and an interesting experience as, with some of them, I had had a completely different upbringing and life to them and so It was really fun talking and getting to know each other.

    Junior High School Student

    PRIC2015

    The Main Camp was the real deal, aiming to instill the value of leadership in each and every camper. The activities were mainly team-based activities that required someone daring enough to step forth and give direction to the team. I gave my very best to lead my group in times of need.
    Follower-ship was also a key aspect in shaping my PRIC experience. Serving as the President of my school’s Students’ Council, it isn’t often where the situation calls for me to listen more than I speak. The power of listening is something not to be underestimated, for listening broadens one’s perspective and opens one’s mind to a myriad of possibilities.
    Lastly, the friendships that I have formed during PRIC has taken root in a special place within my heart. It is pretty funny how these people – complete strangers that we have made acquaintances with for 16 days or less – could mean so much to you after the short duration of half a month.

    High School Student

    PRIC2015

    Our experience would not be complete if it wasn’t for the staff, board of directors and counselors that gave their very best in making the camp a success. The staff was composed of the Japanese that had various talents which I personally witnessed and enjoyed. Cabin life was awesome. Interacting and socializing with other camps from Japan (CFJ) was undoubtedly fun and memorable. We all felt being respected and as if they were learning from us like we were learning from them. I appreciate the CFJs for being so attentive and cooperative during outdoor activities. Our group did not come out victorious in all the activities but what more important is the values and the fun times we shared together, whether in times of pressure or in times of hopelesness.

    Junior High School Student

    PRIC2016

    The camp changed me a lot by shaping me as a new individual. The camp successfully processed me to be a new global citizen which represents the power of the youth. I can feel the “young energy” of the camp and I’m always ready to share it anywhere around the globe. As the camp provided me the habit to respect many positive cultures (respect the time, respect the people, and be independent), I can’t help but upgrading myself to be a better person even more back here in Indonesia. Japan, as the part of the camp also did a lot of differences in my way of life. So if I asked about which part influenced me the most, then the answer is pretty simple, the whole PRIC 2016 camp.

    High School Student

    PRIC2016

    Some of the most important values that all campers learned and took home were the “3 ships”: leadership, fellowship, and friendship. I have learned that unity and teamwork can bind all people together, no matter who they are or how different they are. I have learned that having leadership skills prove to be useful at times when there are challenging tasks that lie ahead of us and lastly friendship makes the journey very enjoyable for everyone. This whole journey was very enjoyable despite its ups and downs. With challenging tasks, all of us managed to overcome our problems and solve them together. I feel like I’ve grown so much and learned so much because of this camp, and not only that, the people around me who came from such different backgrounds taught me a lot as well.