Outdoor camp builds confidence for autistic youths

SINGAPORE - An outdoor camp organised by Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) saw 110 staff befriend and guide a group of autistic youths on a customised one-day adventure experience.

Aged 18 and above, the 47 youths from St. Andrew's Autism Centre (SAAC) and Eden Centre for Adults (ECA) participated in a range of activities, from scaling a rockwall to navigating a tunnel-maze.

The staff-led initiative aimed to offer a unique OBS adventure for youths who would otherwise not have such an opportunity.

"These youths needed a lot of support and guidance when attempting the height elements. However, when they reached their target, you could see the accomplishment from their faces," said OBS staff Anne-Marie Tan.

The OBS Community Service Day is an annual event where staff organise activities for under-served communities.

Past events include activities for youths with hearing impairment and another for intellectually-challenged children.

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