Camp Benjamin Day 1: Team Building and Lantern Flying

Back at blogging! Yey!

I really am busy since 3 weeks ago, so I had no time to write (so I just put random photo posts and reblogs) by then. But now that I have done the things I need to do, here’s my sharing of experience on the team building I was part of last October.

October 22-23, the Education Training Unit (ETU), under the Regional Welfare Office (RWO) of OWWA NCR conducted a team building for their scholars (which I’m a part of, yey!) at Camp Benjamin, Alfonso, Cavite.

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What I saw on the welcome arch on Alfonso, Cavite.ย Sayaw sa apoy.

We are sleeping in the bus for we went to Camp Benjamin early, and also to prepare for the activities we will have. Yes, we are expecting a very physical team building there.

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Here it is! Camp Benjamin! The sun is shining brightly! Good time for activities! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Here’s the bus #2! Co-scholars! :DD We were around a hundred scholars who participated ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m in bus #1.

The inside?? Sooooo awesome! SO many plants, nice personnel, and the breeze, very cool!

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My co-scholars posing for a picture. Mga chicks! Hahahaha!

Didn’t have time to take pictures of the activity because they are really physical. But really I had a great time on that activity.

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I slept after lunch, really the activity is tiring! Our next activity tackled about our differences in ourselves, learning to accept them, and use them for our productivity. Cool eh?

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Camp Benjamin also had a small farm where they take care of animals and plants (fruits and veggies), but we did not notice because there is no stinky smell around unlike other farms.

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This EM-1 in the picture is the reason why we can’t smell the farm from afar, unlike other farms. It has live microorganisms, and this liquid is used in the whole farm of Camp Benjamin, where plants and animals are organic, very healthy!

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WORMS!!! The African Nightcrawler, true to their name, they are nocturnal. What the farmers do is they cover the area of the worms with trapalย or a plastic that makes the worms’ surroundings dark, so they can move, eat, and make fertilizer.

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The cute palm civet! The one who excretes coffee beans that are internationally known because of the good taste! Cute right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hey teammate! ๐Ÿ™‚

The photo above features small plants of the herb garden ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a guessing game where we guess the name of the plant based on the seeds. Very interactive! Also, we tried eating the leaves of a plant I forgot the name. And honestly the leaves taste SWEET! Thumbs up for that!

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The night fell, and we had some activities left to do before we sleep. We got excited about the lantern flying particularly (and I’m dying to try that!)

We had a group presentation that night, and me and my teammates were really tired and beaten. But we devised an idea for five minutes, which turned out to win the presentation contest! Go dark blue team!

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My mini idea book. Given by Camp Benjamin where we write all the things that happen when we are in the camp. Like a diary, we are the only ones to see what we write on this.

Here comes my most waited part. Lantern flying!

So we are given instructions how we will construct the lantern itself.ย 

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Le me and Anne! ๐Ÿ˜€ย The circle in the middle of the upside-down lantern I’m holding is the wax that is supposed to be burned so the heat from the fire will make the lantern float. Just don’t let the fire reach the lantern sides for it will burn the paper.

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Teammates writing their wishes and aspirations on the lanterns!

After we wrote out wishes on the lantern, we do the exciting part, the flying part!

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The wax is burned… Then we wait for it to stay afloat then…

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Letting go of the lanterns and…

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Watching them fly!

It’s really fun to watch these lanterns, and I’m really happy that I did lantern flying AT LAST! ๐Ÿ™‚

This ends day 1 in the camp. We go to our quarters and sleep peacefully.

Till my next post!

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