LUMPUR #1 Calvary Church, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Developing the Total Boy for Christ
A Fun Filled Adventure Camp
by Adrian Chew
This year’s Royal Rangers Annual Camp was
held at Taman Negara Sungai Relau, Malaysia’s Premier National Park from
25 to 28 August 2004. The camp was open to Royal Rangers (ages 9 to 17
years), Missionettes (ages 14 to 18 years) and their friends. The fifty
two Rangers and Missionettes together with eighteen leaders that were
present for this camp, pitched their tents beside the river not long
after arriving at the campsite in the national park.
The Rangers enjoying the ride 'tubing' down
the river back to the campsite.
The highlights for the camp were the hike to Gua Gajah, tubing, and an overnight backpacking trip to Kuala Luis for
Adventure Rangers. The hike to Gua Gajah took around two hours. The cave
which is used as a shelter by elephants was filled with bats flying
around and a lot of guano. What an exciting experience! The following
day we had a twenty minute hike upstream, then got onto rubber tubes and
floated down the river!
Twelve Adventure Rangers and four Commanders
went for a
challenging overnight backpacking trip to Kuala Luis, a ten
kilometers hike into the rainforest. They
returned to the campsite the next day, tired, but with beaming smiles on
their faces and the sense of accomplishment!
Negara Sungai Relau, Pahang
Relau is located on the western side of Taman Negara in Peninsular
Malaysia. The park was opened to the public in August 1993. The
park office is 7 km from the small town of Merapoh. It is about 30
km to Gua Musang, Kelantan to the north and 100 km to Kuala Lipis
to the south.
Sungai Relau is the second access point for mountain climbing to
The entrance of
Gua Gajah (above) after a two hour hike into the rainforest (below).
There are many
forest trails in this part of Taman Negara. Among the popular
trails are the Interpretive Trail, Negeram Trail, Palas Trail and
Gajah Trail. The 0.5km
Interpretive Trail provides introduction to the rainforest and the
ecosystem. The Negeram Trail follows the Sungai Relau river and
the Palas Trail passes hilly terrain, peat swamp and lowland
forest. Gua Gajah is a limestone outcrop that provides shelter for
elephants during the monsoon. Inside Gua Gajah, there is a bats
chamber where guano and bats are found. Taman Negara Sungai Relau
is a fish sanctuary and a haven for wildlife observation. The vast
number of wildlife that has been sighted includes civet cat, mouse
deer, barking deer, wild boar, binturong, gibbon, leopard cat,
owl, panther and elephant. Bird watchers have a busy time watching
more than 200 species of birds.
Senior Pastor shared the
devotion on the first night.
Worshipping God together.
Chaplain (Associate Pastor) Steven Kum sharing the morning devotion.
The night rallies were packed with powerful
worship sessions, skits and songs from the various patrols. On the first
night, we were privileged to have Senior Pastor Prince Guneratnam
challenge us to be good examples as growing boys, based on Luke 2:52, as
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. The
following morning, Associate Pastor Steven Kum, our Chaplain, reminded
us of the power of the blood of Jesus that is able to cleanse us of our
sins, just like how we need anti-venom to cure a snake bite. For the
next few days, Commanders Chin Yoke Yee, Jason Tan, David Peter, and
Samuel Sham shared devotions that were based on the camp theme -
Compassion In Friendship.
The smiles on the Rangers faces enjoying the
delicious food and BBQ.
Royal Rangers tradition on the last night of camp, we had a barbeque.
Rangers, Missionettes, and leaders ate their hearts out whilst having
fun, and fellowship among each other. To round it all up, everyone went
home excited and happy, and definitely looking forward for next year’s
The camp photo with all 83
participants and the campsite in the background - 50 Discovery and
Adventure Rangers, 2 Missionettes, 16 Commanders, 2 Sponsors, 11
family members, Chaplain (Associate Pastor) Steven Kum and Senior Pastor