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Summer Camp for Kids

Monday, May 21, 2012

Why send our kids to summer camp? What would be the benefit? Via joined a summer camp for children last week. Participants were kinder, prep and primary school children who attend the Sabbath school. The camp's organizers were the Sabbath school teachers for the logistics while the activities were organized by the collegiate ministry made up of high school and college students. A lot of the activities can be done at home for your pre-schooler so I'll be describing some of them in detail for you to try out at home.

It turned out that only four kids from Via's kinder Sabbath school class joined.  They were the youngest participants. The children were grouped into four teams with the four youngest staying together and assigned to the pink team. Perfect team for my pink loving daughter. The two days were packed with activities and the little ones joined in all of it.

On arrival at the venue, Boso-Boso Highlands in Antipolo, Via saw this huge swimming pool and really looked forward to going swimming. It was a great place to hold a summer camp with lots of outdoors, trees and wide open spaces. There were outdoor activities like the obstacle course, playgrounds and swimming pools, lots of them and BIG too. The swimming pool in the photo below is only one of many. There's a big one for kids probably one-fourth an olympic sized pool and the water is only up to the knee for grown ups. For pre-schoolers, it was up to their chest. It had a circular slide in the middle.

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Like I said, they were grouped into teams and each of them were given a scarf the color of their team. That's her team color she's wearing on her head during the orientation and team grouping. The first activity was right after lunch. It was dessert making. A long table was laid our with fruits, nuts, marshmallows, candies and lots of other toppings you could think of to make your desert pretty. These were some of the dessert made by kids but the winner which unfortunately I wasn't able to take a photo of was very, very pretty. Via didn't make her dessert. She just got all the goodies that looked good to her and started eating.

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For the dessert making, lay out sliced fruits that hold their shape well like apples, bananas, melons. Mangoes are also good if they're not too ripe otherwise they will get mushy. Then have some nuts, marshmallows, M&Ms, cereals, colored sprinkles, wafers, whipped cream, condensed milk, whatever else you can think of. Also have decorations like little umbrellas, toothpics, etc. Then design away!

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The rest of the activities were outdoors. There were stations for each activity. I don't know how many stations there. It was quite a walk between stations, going up and down the winding roads and at one time, even crossing a hanging bridge. One of the activities was blindfolding the kids and having them touch items and identifying them. I balked when I saw this cup of worms. I wouldn't touch it for anything but Via did and when she found out later what it was, she was just fine with it.

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Via wanted her own candle for the lantern lighting but she was too little to join this one. It would have been dangerous. She had to be content with watching the big kids and the lit lantern floating in the sky. There was a talent portion during the bonfire which was participated in by everyone. The little ones, the four of them had the loudest cheers and clapping.

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There were more activities next day and the awarding and raffles.  Via and her little classmates got awards of course and after that on to the swimming pool. The activity below is the painting. Materials are cartolina laid flat on the table, different colors and napkins. Just bunch up the napkins, dip them into the colors and throw them onto the cartolina or you can dab them on there if you want to make a pattern. When finished, dry it out in the sun. If it turns out well, then it's a nice wall hanging for the kid's bedroom.

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Via had soooo much fun that I did not regret her going. I had misgivings before because she's the youngest participant and she had diarrhea just the day before but everything worked out. She went to bed as soon as we got home and woke at the next day at 7am. The little girl was all tuckered out but very happy.

Summer camp is great for children. For Via, she gained a lot of benefits from it.



  • She was able to meet many people, young and old, and interacted with them.

  • With some of the activities, she learned how to be careful. When to be brave, plunge in and when to be aware of any danger involved.

  • The activities opened up a lot of possibilities for her as well as learning opportunities.

  • She made new friends.

  • Learned skills that could not be learned at home.

  • Learned to appreciate the outdoors. We live in a building and being able to be so close to nature with lots of trees and mountains all around was a whole new world to her.

  • Confidence and self-reliance. I stayed in the background most of the time, only helping when she could possibly hurt herself.

  • This being a summer camp organized by the church, it was not all fun and games but included spiritual experiences.

I definitely will let her go again next year. It was a great terrific experience for Via and for me.

55 comments:

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Sanna May 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM  

This is sure a fun series of activities for kids. I wish my daughter experience it when she grows up. I just gave birth to my daughter and she one week old.

Maye Domencil May 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM  

This is a great way to help our kid socialized and I know you also enjoy it, haha! Thanks for sharing this and I keep this in my mind when my son needs it.

Mommy Maye (http://momayes.blogspot.com)

Lizzie May 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM  

Looks really fun and for sure the kids really enjoyed the summer camp.

Gaylee May 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM  

Nice activity for kids. I know Summer Camp is very popular abroad but not here in the Philippines. I hope there's a group here in Subic that would organize something like that for the kids next summer. I would surely let my boys join and experience what its like. Thanks for sharing. :)

reese May 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM  

hello!
sarap mag-summer camp! when i was a kid i always look forward for vacation from school because i always join summer camp...per kakaiba ang summer camp na nasalihan ko, besides learning arts and crafts, meeting new friends, we integrate with workers and farmers para malaman ang kalagayan ng basic sectors ng Philippine society
visiting via BC bloggers, have a fun day po

Vernz Daily May 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM  

wow looks like the kids really had enjoyed their summer activity... have a nice day!

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michi May 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM  

i agree, summer camp is good for kids. when i was young, i also attended summer youth camp, it was really fun and exciting.

Mona May 22, 2012 at 8:20 PM  

Indeed summer camp is great and I believe you can be a better person if you are sincere with the camp. My 3 nieces also joined summer camp for 3 days last month. Your daughter is really good and game with all the activities... that's my problem with my daughter she's lacking of confidence so its hard for her to engage in activity like this, sigh!

Aileen May 22, 2012 at 8:45 PM  

It's great to let kids have this kind of opportunity to explore and learn things.

Did you say worms? Goodness, I could have fainted right there lol!

Ron May 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM  

they sure got some good activities for kids in the summer.. :)

great read :)

Chan May 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM  

This is fun! There should be a lot of this in the country.

admin,  May 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM  

Congrats on your baby girl! :)

admin,  May 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM  

I'm sure your daughter will join when she's ready :)

admin,  May 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM  

I've never attended one as a kid myself. I enjoyed it as much as my daughter did :)

jackie May 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM  

Outdoor activities like summer camp is a good avenue for our children to socialize with other children in a very wholesome manner... :)

Rae May 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM  

Ka-miss maging bata. So, kung hindi ka na bata... make kids happy na lang. :D

Jerminix May 23, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

Glad you had fun. It really makes summer worth while :)

Miss `Chievous May 23, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

Kids need this for them to grow and develop their social skills. I can't wait having kids na.

leira May 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM  

i wanted to send Adee to a summer camp but our finances just wouldn't allow it.. maybe next time when she's older..

Jessica Cassidy May 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM  

awww! glad that Via is having a wonderful time at the summer camp :-) she needs to meet new friends and enjoy whilin vacation too :-) what a sweet Mom for letting Via enjoy the summer camp.

Yannie May 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM  

That's a great idea; it's fun at the same time learning experience for the kids.

If I have kid I would definitely send her/him to that kind of activity.

admin,  May 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

hahaha enjoy your time now. when you have kids it's a challenge to have "me" time :)

anne lei May 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM  

what a great way to spend summer with kids. i know you really enjoyed it, specially seeing your daughter playing and interacting with other kids.

Pearl May 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM  

It's really a great experience for kids to join summer camps, because they will gain a lot of new friends and learn new things. My own kids have experienced it and I know that whatever they learned from those camps, they still have it in their hearts.

yuuki May 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM  

nice experience for ur little girl...good that there are a lot of available activities for kids during summer

Gil Camporazo May 24, 2012 at 5:03 AM  

What an experience your daughter Via experienced. Summer camp is best recommended for kids to develop their talents, self-confidence, and to be skillful particularly in outdoor games.

zoan May 24, 2012 at 5:34 AM  

joining summer camps will hone your kid to be a better person when she grows up:) she will learn a lot of things during the summer camp.

MommyLES May 24, 2012 at 5:42 AM  

We were supposed to send our boys to summer sports camp, unfortunately we were tight on budget. Maybe next year. :) The kids look like they were having fun

Dominique@Dominique's Desk May 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM  

That's a really cool camp for kids. It must have been a great experience for her to be there.

Spanish Pinay May 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM  

definitely worth it! i'd let my child go in this kind of camp for kids without having second thoughts too :) pero basta kasama si mami hehe

Spanish Pinay

admin,  May 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM  

Syempre kasama di ako :)

admin,  May 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM  

I'd say all of them had fun from the littlest kid to the biggest :)

gie May 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM  

I wish I could send my daughter to a summer camp, she easily gets bored and summer camp sounds a good idea for her. Good thing school days are just around the corner, there will be peace and quiet for me then. lol :D btw, your baby girl is cute, looks like she enjoyed her summer camp tremendously :)

admin,  May 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM  

Thank you, yes she did :)

Samantha Lee May 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM  

Maybe next year we'll try summer camp. It would be great for my son's social development.

You kiddo sure did enjoy the activities.

aby May 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM  

cute :) I hope you enjoyed your summer camp! looks so much fun. :)

Jona,  May 25, 2012 at 5:01 AM  

Thats great! Looked like your dawty had so much fun esp. Watching the lanterns though she can't participate yet. My kids attended a summer camp too. It was An Eco Summer Camp. They planted trees, were taught about "seed exercise," storytelling about the Giving Tree, played obstacle course and more.
Not only they have fun attending summer camps but they learn heaps too :)

kat May 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM  

she looked like she had fun.

Gelo May 25, 2012 at 11:04 PM  

thanks for an interesting post. Your kid seems enjoying the activities

Lalah May 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM  

That was such a lovely experience for you and your daughter. When my little girl is older, we will definitely be going to one of those.

redamethyst May 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM  

parang nagbago na un boso-boso. It's one of our favorite restort, matagal na rin kamend hindi nakapunta. anyway, your daughter looks like she had a lot of fun. :)

nelsonRN May 27, 2012 at 1:10 AM  

That was one worthwhile summer activity!
Thanks for sharing!

(¯`•¸Geca¸•´¯) May 27, 2012 at 5:21 AM  

From the photos and the way you described the event, summer camp seems to be really fun! I wish it was organized too at my son's school. But then again, we had busy summer too.
Thanks for sharing!

Shadz May 27, 2012 at 5:22 AM  

Oh, summer camp! :) I didn't have much experience camping as a kid in summer, but I did teach kids during this season. Your daughter seemed to have had the hang of it, so bibo.

miekee_18 May 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM  

Looks fun..its a great experience for your kid too.My inlaws live near boso boso highlands:)

green monday May 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM  

i think she really enjoy the summer camp. a nice treat for every children.

Paula May 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM  

Wow, that's surely an unforgettable experience for the kids. I wish we have one too here in our church so my eldest could experience summer camp. My hubby attended a five-day camp before and until now he can't forget the experiences he had there.

Nica May 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM  

Summer Camp sounds fun. This would be a good learning experience for kids. I wish such activity is available here.

sarah May 28, 2012 at 3:02 AM  

My eldest daughter and youngest son who has autism, got to spend 10 days in Isabela for free. Her sister became a volunteer of Pedya Camp, who had been sponsoring summer camps since 1991. I wrote a blog entitled "The Art of Letting Go " about the apprehensions and anxiety of letting them go.

It may have been hard at first but it was all worth it.

admin,  May 28, 2012 at 3:14 AM  

First time namin nakapunta sa Boso-Boso, nagulat ako sa laki :)

admin,  May 28, 2012 at 3:19 AM  

I wish there was one for adults too. Nag enjoy din the few parents who went with the younger kids.

Cristine May 29, 2012 at 7:49 AM  

Congratulations to your daughter for doing a great job in the Summer Camp. I'm sure both of you have so much fun.

claire May 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM  

Something worthwhile in time for summer. What a great way to teach your kids to be self-reliant and made new friends perhaps.

admin,  May 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM  

Yes we did :)

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