By Ampy Esguerra, BCBP Puerto Princesa South
The BCBP Puerto Princesa South Chapter organized a Summer Camp from April 19-20, 2018 at the Agricultural Center, Department of Agriculture Compound at Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The camp was actively participated in by 29 children of BCBP members and non-members alike, ages 5 to 20. In line with this year’s theme: “Nurturing Responsible Environmental Stewards,” the camp featured various outdoor and indoor activities with the objective of making the campers more appreciative of the value of friendship and teamwork as well as raise the kids’ awareness on the importance of taking care of nature.
The Camp facilitators engaged the youngsters in an Environmental Seminar-Workshop on the 9 Environmental Principles and the 10 Rs of Waste Management and Fun-with-Nature outdoor activities. Campers and parents alike also participated in a Seminar on Digital Distraction with resource speaker Dr. Reynaldo Frederick Quicho, president, Palawan Medical Society. The Seminar dealt with the ill effects of digital technology, that if left unchecked especially on children, vulnerable age is 2-13, can cause serious mental disease affecting the mal-development of the frontal lobe of the brain. Dr. Quicho urged the parents to discipline their children as well as themselves on the proper use of digital tech.
A talk on the Responsible Use of Social Media was also given to the campers as well as the BCBP members present at the camp. Ms. Eloise Jane Peñaflor from the University of Asia and the Pacific served as the resource speaker. Ms. Peñaflor tackled the following topics: Youth and the Internet, Understanding Media and its Content, Understanding Gen Z, and Tips on How to Use Social Media Responsibly.
BCBP members and non-members present at the camp kept themselves busy as well. Some parents extended assistance at the different camp working committees. They also joined the organic farming demo and toured the Zero Carbon Demonstration Building: A flagship cottage that is carbon neutral and energy-self-sufficient that is located at the campsite.
Overall, the Camp served as an excellent venue to bring the BCBP members and non-members and their kids together in an environment that build lasting memories.