DAVAO Girl Scouts had their adventure of a lifetime when they recently joined international camps held separately in the United Kingdom and South Korea.
Outdoor living and camping have been fundamental to the programs of the Girl Scout movement as scouts gamely take on various activities and foster appreciation and responsibility for nature conservation. International camps also enhance world citizenship through interactions among participants from diverse backgrounds.
Senior and Cadet Girl Scouts Samantha Cuanan, Janna Reyes, Annie Pimentel, Ada Soriano, and Jian Lasala from Stella Maris Academy of Davao represented the Philippines along with Raya Tanzo, Divine De Villaluna and Claire Laru-an (Troop Leader) during the Charnwood 2019, the 9th International Scout and Guide Camp in Cattows Farm, Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
A host of exhilarating events were rolled out by the organizers which included ATOMS Day, or the Sunday Challenge and onsite outdoor activities such as Escape Pods, Upsailing and Zipline. The scouts likewise did rock climbing, archery, axe throwing, crossbow and pistol shooting, quad bike trails (ATVs) and bungee trampoline. There were also tents for indoor activities such as the Arts and Crafts Tent, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Tent, Rotary Tent, and Fusion Tents.
The main feature of Charnwood 2019 was the International Tent which had exhibits and the International Challenge Badge activities focusing on the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).
Davao Girl Scouts Ai Banzali, Celine Kassandra Duy and Chelsea Simone Teves headed off to the World Jamboree Center in Gangwon-do, Goseong, South Korea for the 17th Girl Scout International Camp.
With the Davao group were other Philippine delegates Irish Stephanie Caoile, Rose-Mel Xiamane Dayoan, Krista Fe Andrea Toledo, Elianah Marie De Vera, Freida Mari Jumalon, Brisha Eryka Faye Recto, Holly Dei Syree Fundal, Angelica Marie Quiro, Jewel Irish Belascuain, Keisha Marie Quiña, Robina Balandra, and Cearlovey Granali. Acting as delegation head was May Morales with Annaliza Molleda and Fremsette Leah Nasareta as assistant delegation head and business manager, respectively.
This year’s camp had the theme “Connect! Grow! Impact for Peace!” and gathered 4,000 Girl Guides/Girl Scouts and non-member youths from Korea, with overseas guests from member organizations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
Through the years, international camps organized by the Girl Scouts of Korea have been much-raved about by scouts all over the world as they are consistently well-prepared and creative in coming up with daily course activities like “Robot Coding”, “Let’s Fly Paragliding”, “Orienteering and Tracking a Hike”, “Fire Safety Training”, “Marine Activity”, among others. In addition, the International Exhibit was an integral part of the camp and gave participants glimpses of the scouts’ different cultures.
One of the most unforgettable highlights was the “Military Experience” where the scouts had a field trip to barracks facilities, experienced military equipment and combat vehicles, and interacted with the Korean Army. This was a unique encounter that one could not experience as an ordinary tourist.
Like past international camps organized by the Girl Scouts of Korea, famous K-pop stars graced the opening ceremony and international night. This year’s impressive performers were no less than Korea’s most popular girl groups Red Velvet and Momoland, as well as soloist Eric Nam.
Indeed, scouting has come a long way and has brought Filipino Girl Scouts to the global stage, bridging our own culture to the rest of the world.
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