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TCAPS DAY CAMP AT LA MESA ECOPARK

How do you decide if your child is ready for a camp if he/she has never been to a camp? Trust the Scout Masters.

Some may not realize just how good the experience camping really is. Camping is a creative, educational, and cooperative outdoor living experience. It contributes significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth of it’s campers.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School held a Day Camp last March 27 at the La Mesa Dam Ecopark in Quezon City. The Ecopark is an ecological nature reserve site which is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system — the dam which supplies most of the water supply in Metro Manila.

A nice and cool place to walk around and commune with nature, the Ecopark is a great venue for camping. Our day camp was under the guidance of Teachers Kellie Grace Santos and Jona Biescas, our Scout Masters. Some of the activities include hiking, knot tying, mapping, neckerchief knots and folds, and other leadership skills training.

Our Scouts have come together to have fun and at the same time have a sense of independence as they try new adventures away from home.

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SCOUT INVESTITURE CEREMONY: BEGINNING OF A PURPOSEFUL SCOUTING

On November 17, the Children’s Ark Preparatory School held the Kab Scout and Boy Scout Investiture Ceremony at the DAHHA Covered Court in Quezon City. The swearing-in was attended by guests which include Senior Scouts Nick Bolima and Erwin Wenceslao and the Scouts’ Ninongs and Ninangs.

The investiture ceremony is that moment when the Scouts, thru the Scout Promise, annunciates their pledge and loyalty to the Scout Law. At the ceremony, the Scout makes the Promise to the Scouts and Scouters of their troop and to all the Scouts of the world. After which, they are now to be called Scouts.

The investiture is the onset of that time when young people starts to discover the world and forge their own self-hood by which Scouting is so purposely inclined.

The ceremony was followed by a Day Camp at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center where the traditional campfire and candle-lighting rites are held for this special setting.

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The value of Scouting is that it focuses on ethics and values; service to the community; and development of practical and leadership skills of young people. It’s also about cooperation and skill development. And fun too!

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For so many years, Scouting has lived through the changes of society. In this age of digitization when young people are so hooked up on technologies, Scouting continues to be the proponent of outdoor interests. Bob Confer on The Significance of Scouting says it all:

The Scouting program is just as important now as it was nearly a century ago. It could even be argued that it might have greater significance today. It’s the perfect outlet for today’s youth and it can help them overcome some of the obstacles in their paths. There’s a lot missing in their lives: Their outdoor pursuits have taken a back seat to new-fangled electronics, they don’t share the same bond with their real-world communities that they do with their trivial Internet communities, their schools have totally lost sight of civic education, and they struggle to find continuity in broken homes which, sadly, have become the norm.

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Camping will always be part of Scouting. It is both an enjoyable and a learning experience rolled into one. Here, our Scouts are also learning other important life essentials such as proper hygiene, self discipline and responsibility.

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With camping, comes the candle-lighting and the campfire. Our Scouts have enjoyed the camaraderie and the fun of being able to create a good fire.

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In the Philippines today, not as many boys are interested in Scouting and fewer parents are enrolling their kids to the program. The decline may be attributed to the changing times when there are more options for kids and busier schedules for both children and their parents. Even so, The Children’s Ark Preparatory School places a very high value on Scouting as a tool for community involvement.