Partaking the youth via MCP’s Sea Camp!
This summer season, after virtually two months of preparation, MCP held two of our first ever, three-day Sea Camps! We opened the applying course of for the primary Sea Camp to various, native youths who had been fascinated with studying concerning the marine atmosphere. While for the second Sea Camp, we concerned an area orphanage based mostly in Dumaguete. In whole, we had 32 wonderful and energetic youngsters with us for the 2 consecutive Sea Camps! A lot of the actions had been the identical between the 2 camps; nonetheless, within the second camp, we focussed extra on different livelihoods. We taught them the best way to make pillows out of outdated hessian sacks and cotton from certainly one of our timber and invited a social enterprise, Lumago, to show the campers the best way to upcycle used paper into jewelery.
The first purpose of the camps was to introduce the fundamentals of assorted coastal ecosystems and perceive their significance in our waters. By way of consciousness elevating, additionally they realized why we have to deal with these ecosystems and act as environmental stewards for the world we dwell in. By understanding their objective on this planet, they realized to like, recognize and share their information to their households and mates.
Through the first camp, we teamed up with skilled camp facilitators, Jackie and Julia, from EECO (Experiential Training Conservation Group) and a pair of of their very own youth camp graduates to assist run the programme and empower our campers. Their information and expertise had been invaluable for making the campers really feel at dwelling and engaged with all of our classes.
Day one began with an introduction to this system, “attending to know you” video games and “ice breakers”, which helped bond the campers and sowed the seeds for lifelong friendships. Then we offered the three foremost coastal ecosystems (mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs) at totally different stations across the MCP base, the place the campers had 20 minutes per ecosystem to be taught as a lot as they may! The subjects had been quite simple to know and we integrated instructional video games targeted on every ecosystem afterwards, to assist solidify all the things of their long run reminiscences. To prime all of it off, we went out to the mangroves in Siaton so they may expertise the forest first-hand. It was the right finish to the day with a little bit meditation to embrace all of their experiences to date.
The campers began early on the second day to stroll across the botanical backyard and relieve the entire rigidity of their muscle tissues. They even performed volleyball as early as 6:30 am! After filling their stomachs with full Filipino breakfast, we travelled to Dauin Marine Protected Space (MPA) the place we carried out a seaside clean-up and a easy model audit. A model audit is a technique by which an individual lists down all of the producers and model of every plastic packaging. The ocean campers had been distributed into three teams and every had their very own plastic packaging from the seaside clear. They discovered that the highest three offenders had been Common Robina (e.g. Mang Juan), Liwayway (e.g. Oishi) and Prifood (e.g. Supercrunch). The campers realized that these plastics close to the seaside will break down into smaller items, can be eaten by the fishes and, in flip, eaten by people. All of them talked about that they by no means used to assume a lot about their actions however that they now wished to alter their behaviour and affect their households to make use of much less single use plastics and get rid of their trash correctly.
It was a sizzling day so the entire campers couldn’t wait to leap into the ocean. Every camper was paired with an MCP volunteer who taught them the best way to use a masks and snorkel and confirmed them the gorgeous coral reefs Dauin MPA has to supply. They had been taught numerous indicators so they may sign to their buddies which fish and corals they noticed underwater! After half-hour, all of them got here out with huge, completely happy smiles from ear to ear!
In fact, their day didn’t finish but. We launched them to the phrase “Marine Protected Space”. This was necessary to know the advantages of an MPA and why the marine atmosphere wants safety from anthropogenic threats. This was adopted by a visit to a close-by fishing village the place they had been capable of recognise all of the threats these ecosystems are going through. It was a revelation for many of them and so they requested loads of enthusiastic questions. The second day ended with a campfire the place Nicky Dumapit shared his advocacy for the atmosphere by taking part in his handmade devices made to mimic the sounds of nature, resembling thunder, water, rain and even a gecko! It was a heart-warming and delightful starry evening and all of the campers shared their highlights of the final two days and the way their experiences had inspired them to cut back their plastic use and turn out to be true environmental advocates.
The final day of the camp focussed on instructing the contributors precious expertise that would assist save their lives and achieve employment sooner or later. They realized the fundamentals of CPR, remedy of underwater stings, carried out first support and learnt the restoration place. A few of them had been even capable of share earlier experiences the place that they had wanted these expertise. In addition they realized 9 totally different knots and our employees taught them which to make use of in case of rescuing individuals within the water. All this difficult work was rewarded with a standard Filipino boodle battle, which is a sort of lunch association whereby the desk setting is garnished with banana leaves, rice is unfold throughout the center and surrounded by (on this case) a platter of vegetarian goodies.
We then spent our afternoon on the PAPSIMCO home the place they took half in an interactive sport going via the totally different laws within the Philippines pertaining to the marine atmosphere. This can be a important subject to be taught to allow them to share the information to the members of the family who hardly ever know, for instance, that each one sea turtles are endangered and needs to be protected.
As a contribution to the marine atmosphere, we completed the camp by planting Sonneratia mangrove seedlings with every of their identify on a little bit flag. All of them felt fulfilled, impressed and able to share their information and involvement to their fellow classmates, members of the family and to their area people and even prepared to assist MCP with our weekly seaside clear ups!
It was a tremendous time, from preparation to execution and simply seeing the grins of the youths studying new issues throughout their summer season break. A effectively spent summer season, certainly!