What better way to get the youth engaged than through a fun-filled Summer camp!
We came up with this Camp, to showcase our community health plans in a level that the youth can understand. There is something magical about a summer camp experience. Other than our goal of teaching them about health, camp is an independent experience that shapes one’s character and life — a controlled, safe environment where children are able to make their own decisions about simple things and about important things.
We taught them the bad effects of drugs and alcohol, the importance of hygiene and nutrition, and generally how fun it is to be healthy! We packed the day with so much activities. We had mini-talks, poster making, role playing, party games, memory games (based on our mini-talks), singing, cheering, lunch feeding and a fun sack race as a grand finish for the day. There was not a single kid who did not get exhausted from all the fun. And there was no single kid who did not take home lessons to share to their families.
Camp is a place where kids interact with people face-to-face and, at the same time, learn about themselves and others. Although it was only conducted for a day, the kids were able to establish friendship. We mixed grades 4, 5 and 6 into teams. The seniority feel got eliminated. They played like brothers and sisters. Camps give kids a chance to practice being the best they can be. They experience a place designed to create happy memories and encourage self-expression.
I believe we won three times that day. We won with teaching them about health. We won with establishing a good relationship with the youth of New Barili. And we won with having the kids create a more established friendship with each other.
It was such a success that we decided to do it next year again! Until the next fun in the sun!
Princess Shelmerry Dawn M. Que
Adzu-SOM Level 2