Sleep­ing un­der the stars

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Chua, 5 camp­ing with her dad. “Af­ter pitch­ing the tent, we un­packed our back­packs. We went ab­seil­ing and jun­gle-trekking. We also went raft­ing. It was great fun,” she writes.

Stella Leong Weng Zhi, nine, says her par­ents will or­gan­ise a trip dur­ing the long school hol­i­days. They usu­ally head to Sg Sen­dat in Ulu Yam. “I love to cook my own in­stant noo­dles. I en­joy camp­ing and my mum will give me a sleep­ing bag when it is cold at night. Bathing in the river is fun. I love to swim with the fishes. I will also bring along a first aid box in case I get bit­ten by leeches.”

Ching Wei Yang, six, writes: “I love to go camp­ing with my brother.”

Suwaathee Nak­keeran, 10, is a Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety mem­ber in her school. The so­ci­ety had or­gan­ised a camp in the school grounds. The pupils were di­vided into 12 groups. Each group com­prised six mem­bers from dif­fer­ent so­ci­eties.

“We had a great time work­ing as a team. We pitched the tents and took part in ac­tiv­i­ties. The sec­ondary school Scouts helped us to start a camp­fire. We sang and danced around the camp­fire. My team won sec­ond place for teamwork. I look for­ward to the next camp­ing trip.”

Last year, Lau­ryn Tan Zi Yi, six, went on a camp­ing trip or­gan­ised by her teacher.

“We pitched a big tent be­side a river. Our teacher had many ac­tiv­i­ties lined up for us and we played games and helped with the chores. I did the wash­ing, while the oth­ers col­lected fire­wood, caught fish and cooked. We had great fun.”

Carmen Wong Xue Men, nine, hopes her school will or­gan­ise a camp­ing trip. “My mum told me that camp­ing is fun and ex­cit­ing. We can learn new things and make new friends.”

“We put up our tent by the river and gath­ered wood to start a camp­fire. We also col­lected duri­ans from a tree nearby. We felt ex­cited and happy,” writes Ling How Ken, nine, who went camp­ing with his friends.

Gay­athiri Shun­mugam­nathan, seven, says she would like to go camp­ing with her friends some day. “It would be fun. We can play games, pitch the tent and cook. ”

Lee Jung Min, eight, likes to go camp­ing and sleep un­der the stars.

Low Jing Heng, seven, and her sib­ling Jing Xuan, six, love camp­ing and think that it is fun.

Bhu­ven­raj Ganesh, five, once camped in his grandpa’s gar­den at night. “It was lovely to look at the stars and the moon. I could hear the owl hoot­ing and the sound of the wind in the wil­low trees. My grandma brought yummy snacks for me to eat in the tent.”

Muham­mad Ir­fan Ka­mal Zukhairi, 10, hopes to camp in his gar­den one day. He is also think­ing of go­ing camp­ing with his cousins.

Jes­sica Seow, six, likes camp­ing, while Sil­via Seow, five, writes: “I love to sleep in a tent out­side my house. No­body will dis­turb me. I can also learn to cook. But then again, it is just a dream.”

“I have never gone camp­ing. I want to join the Girl Guides so that I have a chance to go camp­ing. It will be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Lim Xi­wei, seven.

Ea­son Chua, five, imag­ines camp­ing by the river. There would be a bench with chairs nearby and he can go fish­ing if he likes. – Com­piled­byMa­jorie Chiew ITEM: It’s street car­ni­val time to usher in the new year, 2011. Put on your fancy cos­tumes and masks, and join in the pa­rade. Imag­ine rid­ing in style on an ele­phant all decked up; or you can walk your dog to join the party. You can even come with friends as stilt-walk­ers. Send in the clowns, too.

Or come with your faces painted. You can also be part of the eco-gang to spread the mes­sage of a greener Earth. Or you may want to dress up like your favourite sto­ry­book char­ac­ters.

You can take part in the float pro­ces­sion dec­o­rated in any theme you fancy.

Tell us how you can make this car­ni­val in­ter­est­ing with your par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Draw a scene of the street party. Or draw your­self and your friends in masks or fancy cos­tumes.

All letters must con­tain your full name, age (open to chil­dren 12 and be­low only), gen­der and ad­dress. Don’t for­get to write your name be­hind the draw­ing and the topic, Street Party, on the en­ve­lope.

All letters must reach us by Nov 26. Send your letters to: Starchild, c/o StarTwo Star Pub­li­ca­tions (M) Bhd Me­nara Star 15 Jalan 16/11 46350 Petaling Jaya

Carmen Wong Xue Meng, 9

Ju­lia Jun Hye Yin, 8

Sand­hya Tan Kim Hua, 9

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