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And the adventure begins…

1st Jan 2009

As the activity begins so as the learning and the adventure of Scouts.

As a start up, Scouts join the morning exercises with a blend of aerobics and arnis at the sub camp level. For a more physical activity, extreme challenge is a module where Scouts use their mental alertness to pursue the challenge in style. Here, mental sharpness proper physical conditioning is a must. Swimming pool is at hand for Scouts who love water-based activities where they learn the basic rudiments as well as safety of having fun in the waters.

In high energy and in sweat, young people enjoyed the fun of wall climbing and rappelling. Another favourite is the survivors area where Scouts learn to survive using indigenous materials in cooking, fire lighting, signalling, nature clean-up, among others.

Down the mountain at the Global Development Village (GDV) Scouts reflect on issues and challenges facing the world. Here at the village, Scouts increase their awareness of what they can contribute in their own way on the following themes: health, environment, peace and human rights.

A throng of Scouts also flocked the Asia Pacific Regional display - APR Village, where information on regional scouting programmes and activities are available. Hands-on crafts making, knowledge of Scouting in other countries, are also offerred. Side by side is the social accountability module where the young people will get a hands-on knowledge of various aspects of social accountability which are displayed in very creative cartoon form, which are both attractive and easy to understand. Animated photo-taking opportunity gives is another special feature of the booth.

Information on International Award Association Programme, World Scout Jamboree in Sweden, and the next APR Scout Jamboree in Korea is also at hand.

With many dynamic and innovative activities surrounding Scouts, Mt. Makiling becomes a home of adventure and learning giving the Scouts a perspective that, when people understand and accept each other, the world that is so huge is indeed a small village.