BOKOD district recently conducted the joint Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) camping at the riverside of Sahod, Karao, Bokod on February 21 to 23, which was participated by 10 elementary schools and two secondary schools.
During the opening, Barangay Captain John S. Beray Jr. together with the Barangay Council and staff, and the whole community welcomed the eager campers. The whole community also helped in setting up the camping area and cordoned the area to ensure everyone’s safety.
With the BSP’s objectives of providing activities for which they are best suited physically and mentally, and pursue worthwhile fields such as crafts, hobbies and vocational fields, the boy scouts had fun in learning and demonstrating emergency preparedness skills like rappelling and bandaging, knot tying and lashing, doing handicrafts such as stone art, and hollow blocks.
The activity also provided opportunities for personal growth and citizenship participation, and trainings beyond basic requirements in scouting fundamentals that have developed a high code of honor, physical fitness, knowledge, self-reliance, and teamwork among participants.
On the other side of the river, the girls had activities that enhanced their skills as homemakers such as paper crafts, pot less cooking and landscaping. They also had emergency preparedness skills training with their rappelling and bandaging exercises. The activities affirmed their theme, “Girl Power: Believe, Belong, Be More”.
Finally, the 10 elementary schools and two secondary schools which attended the activity ended the series of events by making watercress beds or ”tapsoyan” and planting the said vegetable. The activity did not only give them enjoyment but a sense of fulfillment in knowing how to plant the watercress or “tapsoy”/”tongsoy” which is one of the main dishes and a highly produced vegetable in the community. Games, music and dance performances added thrill during the two-day camping.
Chief of Police, James Ruadap and Dr. Lilian Velasco of the Municipal Health shared discussions on safety precautions, ensuring security and medical assistance; while the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Bureau of Fire Protection Office employees facilitated the emergency preparedness skills demonstrations and drills.
The Department of Education District Supervisor, Dr. Gloria Suayan, sent her well wishes to the promising scouts through BSP Coordinator, Agustina Mendoza. (Sheryl A. Mino, Bantas Suanding Elementary School, Poblacion, Bokod, Benguet)