Ang SAYA Camp
Samarlika, an organization of people who are passionate about sports, adventure, music and arts, held its Ang SAYA Camp on October 21, Saturday, at Christ the King College of Science and Technology in Putatan, Muntinlupa City to more than a hundred senior high school students.
Ang SAYA (Student Advancement, Young Achievers) Camp, an interactive, directed school-based activity that gives fun learning and knowledgeable training to young people, equipped students through various activities. These activities aim to provide opportunities for students to uphold the principles and camaraderie.
To create the school a meaningful, enjoyable and rewarding learning environment. To encourage students to be self-disciplined, courteous and have confidence in their own abilities while learning new knowledge and skills that widen their capacity.
Kicked off with a photo opportunity, the Ang SAYA Camp facilitators wore their greatest smile for that day, transcending joy and excitement to all the participants of the camp.
The camp presented four stations. Each station developed channels of clear communication both within the school, the camp facilitators and with the wider community, preparing students to be ready in any real-life situation that may happen at any time in any place.
While activities were assigned in four stations, students were also divided into four clusters. Each station was working in every cluster, respectively and simultaneously.
STATION 1: Rappelling
An abseiling, or more popular as rappelling, is the process of coming down atop of a mountain, building, or wall that usually uses two pieces of rope. Some think rappeling is an extreme sport. A recreational activity for some. But it takes courage, bravery, and confidence to do this. This offered in this camp because rappeling is an important skill for the students have to have which they can be used for emergency purposes. In addition, so that the students will have the courage to conquer their fear, the bravery to develop one’s personality, and the confidence to face life’s tough obstacles.
STATION 2: Yoga
Yoga, an ancient tradition from India, is dealt with body postures, proper breathing techniques, meditation and other ethical principles. Nowadays, Yoga becomes very timely and relevant to students because it brings countless benefits to mental and physical health. As a matter of fact, many students have concluded Yoga becoming part of their lifestyle, encouraging themselves to strive to achieve their academic potential.
Some benefits of Yoga for students are: improving concentration in study, alleviating school paper pressure, boosting self-confidence, maintaining body postures, and keeping the mind in peace. With these Yoga benefits, as a result, you will become a better student, striving for academic excellence.
STATION 3: Indigenous Musical Instruments Workshop
This activity aims to introduce to students the indigenous musical instruments. The students were given the chance to try and play different indigenous musical instruments such as kulintang, gandingan, butting, palendag, kudyapi, agung, gambang, and among others to familiarize themselves in the before-mentioned. Seeing these musical instruments will enable students to love and be proud of their rich culture and will provide an emotional connection to the country, the Philippines.
STATION 4: Practical Self-Defense
One of the most important parts, if not the most, in this camp was the practical self-defense. Practical self-defense has now played a significant role in the society, marking the top topics in the community. This activity, in this camp, was intended to provide a physical structure that students can relate to practice to defend oneself from any harm without imperiling one’s security. This is an essential skill to possess by students whatever their age and gender. Securing students’ safety is always better than being sorry.
Other camp activity choices that Ang SAYA Camp offers are fire safety and disaster preparedness, standard first aid (with search & rescue game, improvisation act and flow art workshop, Baybayin workshop (learning of the ancient Filipino script).