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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mandaue SK officers on leadership camp

by Minerva BC. Newman

CEBU CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) – Forty-two Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation officers of Mandaue City underwent a 3-day leadership challenge through the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. ‘Kool Adventure Camp’ a unique adventure-based education program on competence and leadership.

The training was conducted at the Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP) Camp at barangay Lahug, Cebu City with the SK officers coming from Barangays Alang-alang, Bakilid, Banilad, Basak, Cabancalan, Casili, Casuntingan, Centro, Cubacub, Guizo, Ibabao, Jagobiao, Looc, Mantuyong, Pakna-an, Pagsabungan, Subangdaku, Tingub, Tipolo, and Umapad, all in Mandaue City.

The Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) is RAFI’s leadership program that teaches participants self-awareness, self-confidence, “playing to win”, teamwork, balance, coordination, concentration, and trust, among others.

The program features the Challenge Ropes Course where participants conquered the high elements-- Climbing Wall, High Y, and Pamper Pole, at a height of twelve feet above ground level or higher.

All high elements, which require a safety mechanism called a "belay" system, produce powerful memories and provoke deep thoughts and emotions, while challenging physical abilities.

Sheila Mae Ceniza, SK councilor of Barangay Mantuyong shared her feelings as she tested her physical, emotional and mental abilities in the various challenges in the camp.

“Playing to win is about playing to win not only for our group but for all of us, even for others who are not part of our group. It does not matter who our group mates are,” Mae said in between takes.

She said she learned from the KAC facilitators that “if we want to run faster, we run alone, but if we want to run far, we run together.”

Mae added that as long as you have one goal, you should help each other.

Alyssa Tenchavez, SK chairman from barangay Basak on the other hand admitted that she used to be a negative thinker.

She noted though that after going through the three high elements in the Kool Adventure Camp that are called the “dragons” her being an optimist somehow was lessened.

“I want to change my being a negative thinker. Conquering the challenges, one should have trust and self-confidence and works well with his or her team,” Alyssa said.

When asked about her “dragons” in real life, Alyssa identified among them her being the SK chairman in her barangay since she is a newly-elected officer from the opposition party.

The many challenges at the Kool Adventure Camp according to Alyssa and Sheila Mae can shape the mind to better thinking, concentration and a high sense of responsibility.

Some of the activities on the 3rd day included goal setting and recognition of accomplishments wherein participants put together a goal for their community and recognized their individual responsibility in ensuring that these goals are met, said Mae.

“These are very important activities because we simulate our barangays and we put ourselves in the game,” the participants noted.

According to RAFI this is the second year that the Mandaue City Government through the office of Mayor Jonas Cortes sent its young leaders to the Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) for training.

Since 1999, KAC has organized more than 240 camps for corporate/adult programs, public high schools and other youth programs.

It is currently building the Philippines’ first Outdoor Experiential Center at Barangay Cansumoroy, Balamban, Cebu, which is set to open later this year.

KAC is an organizational member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology-USA and Association for Experiential Education-USA. (PIA-7/Minerva BC Newman)

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