Nineteen senior high school students from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan camped out and explored the wonders of marine life in the first-ever Marine Summer Camp organized by the McKeough Marine Center.
The five-day camp, held from April 9 to 13, at the XU Marine Station in Solana, Jasaan was packed with interesting lecture-discussions on the basics of the marine life and environment, the threats and issues, as well as current initiatives to address them, the role of youth in marine conservation, and the concept of sustainability.
The lectures were complemented with actual field exposures, a snorkeling trip to the Agutayan Island of Jasaan, and most importantly, an introduction to project management for the campers to be equipped in order to make concrete actions.
The goal of the camp was mainly to inform and raise awareness among youth on the status of our coastal and marine environments and how they can help in taking action.
The marine campers were able to come up with four project concepts, including bamboo straws and sea glass enterprise, art exhibits, and talent expositions with marine-environmental themes.
On the last day, the marine campers presented their projects in front of esteemed guests from the university and the local government unit of Jasaan, including Xavier Ateneo president Fr Roberto “Bobby” C Yap SJ.
In his closing remarks, Yap emphasized being “men and women for others” in taking care of the environment and becoming stewards of God’s creation.