POWWOW 2011 -INVICTUS
by Commander Reuben Ponniah
“What an amazing camp it’s been!”
Many o us will look back at the our days spent together in the third Royal RangersMalaysia Central District Powwow with ond memories, and we’llremember the good times in the coming years. The last Powwowwas almost ve years ago, so this camp was much anticipated,and many rangers were thrilled at the prospect o experiencingthe traditions, uniqueness, and lie-changing experiences thePowwow was guaranteed to oer.With a total o 350 rangers, leaders, and visitors, the scene wasset or a antastic camp in the Malaysian summer. We chose thesame campground that hosted one o our previous Powwows—open elds, lush green orests, cooling streams, and blue skiesgreeted the rangers as they arrived by the busloads.
Fancy pitching your tent in the rain?
Well, that was exact-ly what happened on a very wet rst day. The rain was a pleas-ant welcome, and it certainly helped cool the surroundings andmade tent pitching a little bit more un and challenging.Even as nightdescended uponus, the campsiteturned into a madhatter’s party, withrangers paradingtheir most uniqueand creative head-gear or the Powwow Council Fire. Hats o to the rangers ormaking it a un-lled night by parading their colorul and quirkyheadgear! Throughout the day various challenges and games were orga-nized or both group and individual competitions. The our maingroups in the camp (Red Axe, Yellow Spear, White Shield, and BlueSword) certainly did their part to add color and competition withvictory chants and songs, parading o colors and armory, battlemoments, display o machismo, and bruising encounters. In theend, the war was won by White Shield. To quote the words o theirleader,
“Defense is the best form of attack!”
During the aternoons campers had opportunities toparticipate in individual physical challenges, traditionalgames and crats, bamboo rating (and mud walking i you elloverboard), fying ox, surng, and learning the tricks o the tradeat the Frontiersman Camping Fellowship (FCF) trading post!For speed lovers and tree-dwellers, there was even a wheelbarrowrace and rope-climbing challenge! Speaking o memorablemoments, who could orget the Love Your Banana game and thePowwow Court o Justice!Amidst the various activities the outdoor night rallies remainthe highlight o the camp, and or many, it was a special experi-ence. Surrounded by nature, insects buzzing and the moon andstars glowing above, the silence o the night was broken by thesound o rangers o all ages worshipping and praising God in uni-son, in awe o His creation and power. Our camp speakers—Rev.Davidson, Pastor Mike Kuna, and Commander Terence—deliveredGod’s Word with conviction and power to the various age groups.We thank the Lord or the 24 people who accepted Jesus Christ astheir personal Savior and or the many rangers who rededicatedtheir lives back to God. The theme o the camp, Invictus, echoedthroughout the night rallies.
Our challenge as Christians afterthe camp is to live as overcomers—victorious, undefeatable,and unconquerable in today’s modern society.
Being part o the Powwow camp committee has been such ablessed and rewarding experience—giving rangers the opportu-nities to express themselves through outdoor activities and skills,learn about teamwork, allow God to touch their lives, and mostimportantly, to move orward together as one in Royal Rangersministry.Keep a lookout or the ‘BIG CAMP’ happening next year—
We hope to see you there! God bless.