We just got back from our daughter’s two days and one night, girls scout camping trip. Both my daughter and my niece were very excited for this trip. They’ve been looking forward to it for weeks! Both of them have also never been to any camping trip before, so my husband and I were kind of apprehensive in letting them spend a night on a beach with only their teachers’ supervision. That won’t definitely do for very protective parents like us. A week before the said camping activity, my husband came up with the idea of us setting up a camp for ourselves in that beach as well. Being a nature lover and a camper during his younger years, I was not surprised at all that he came up with that solution. The problem was, there’s a “no parents allowed” policy set by the school. My husband decided to talk to the teacher in charge days before the camp had to begin. Thankfully, she agreed to let us set up our own tent near the camping are as long as we will be way outside their camping perimeter. I didn’t mind at all. The idea of us just being a walking distance away from my daughter was all the assurance I needed.
The beach we were in is called Bulubitoon. It has seen better days, so to speak. I don’t remember the last time I was ever on that beach. We arrived there at night, so I was surprised the next morning when I saw its whole area in full light. The place was actually still decent and clean, even their rest rooms! We were also blessed with a very nice weather and a really cool breeze. It was like one of the best days to spend at the beach. There were no incidents of aftershocks either.
Below are some of the other photos I’ve taken during the camp.
I just hope that the next time the school will set up a camp for these kids, they’d meet with the parents first in order to talk about the itineraries, safety measures, and the necessary preparations we had to help our children with. My husband actually asked the teacher in charge to conduct a meeting with the parents regarding the important details of their camping activities. The teacher said she will but then the said meeting never really happened. I know that the girl scouts’ objective is to teach our kids how to be self-reliant, resourceful, and to be “Always Prepared” but then we should also not overlook the fact that they are minors, so parental supervision is still a must at least until the official camping activities begin.
There have been a number of school tours from different schools nationwide that got involved in terrible accidents for the last couple of years. One can never really blame a parent if they opt to be more careful now, to the point of being paranoid, for their kids’ safety – no matter how noble and educational the school’s objectives are for these trips.
All in all, the camping trip was tiring but the kids somehow learned something from it and they can’t wait for the next one, although they slept like a log on our way back home.