My son, Reiniel, loves outdoors. In this digital age, a day to enjoy exploring nature is a gift that both parents and their kids should experience and enjoy.
A truly well-rounded education should involve training not only the mind, but the heart and the hands too.
Last November 19, social tourism enterprise MAD (Make A Difference) Travel in partnership with Human Heart Nature organized a Kids Camp for children aged between 5 and 12 at the GK Enchanted Farm.
The GK Enchanted farm is about a one hour ride from Human Nature’s Flagship store located at Commonwealth. You might get hungry and thirsty on the trip but no worries, these healthy breads and refreshing buko juice will surely satisfy. Also, Human Nature Bug Shield is provided to protect the kids for the farm tour.
Children got involved in a series of hands-on activities, from farming, feeding the pigs, peanut butter making competitions with First Harvest to stitching their own stuffed toys with Plush & Play, bread making & designing cookies with Make Peace Bakery.
Reiniel havin’ a blast exploring what the nature has to offer at GK Enchanted Farm. The kids spent a lot of time in goat feeding. Reiniel now knows that a goat’s poop looks like a drop of chocolate 😀
These fun activities help to connect the children to nature through experiential learning. “Through farming, animal feeding and planting, the kids will get a better idea of where their food comes from, and how important it is that we develop agriculture in a sustainable way,” Raf Dionisio, the co-founder of MAD Travel, explains. The kids had fun exploring & learning in the outdoors without their parents having to worry about mosquito bites, too! Each camper got a DEET-free Bug Shield Oil Spray by Human Nature, the first Asian brand to receive a Sustainable Beauty Award from Organic Monitor.
The Plush and Play experience with Ates that are very accommodating and warm.
“With many of the activities centered around social enterprises based at the farm, children will also be given a fun introduction to social enterprise and see how business can serve not only to enrich ourselves, but to make the world a better place” Raf explains.
For children growing up in the age of iPads and video games, it is an opportunity for them to have fun outdoors and interact with kids from different backgrounds, including scholars from Gawad Kalinga communities, who will join them in certain activities.
GK Scholars having fun with the campers. Art Attack to cap the day while munchin’ the crinkles that they had baked.
For its part, Human Nature emphasizes that children need to be encouraged to “step away from the screens and into the sunlight” to fully understand the world around them. Human Nature partnered with MAD Travel because it believes that the Kids Camp is a creative and fun way of teaching children about environmental sustainability and serving the poor.
Raf, who through MAD Travel has developed other eco- and social tourism initiatives across the country, believes in the importance of outdoor camps because they had such an impact on him as a child: “Thanks to the kids camps I attended, I really grew to love the countryside. Holding these camps at the Enchanted Farm can hold an even greater significance: through bringing together kids from vastly different backgrounds, we hope to inspire not only a future generation of successful people, but nation builders, too.”
The Kids Camp takes place at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan every month. The farm, surrounded by 40-hectares of land, is already a hub for social entrepreneurs and volunteers coming from across the world. With high quality facilities such as a spa and an infinity pool, it is also a relaxing and inspiring destination for the entire family.
Upcoming Kids Camp schedule: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15
Registration fee is Php 2,200/head including farm-fresh lunch, (2) snacks, Human Nature Bug Shield Spray, and all activities in the itinerary. Round-trip transportation is available upon request.
- Experiential Tour of the Farm
- Animal Feeding
- Planting Herbs and Vegetables
- Boodle Fight Lunch
- Bake your own cookies with MakePeace Bakery
- Stuffed Toy Making with Plush and Play
- Peanut Butter Making with First Harvest
- Art Attack! Paint & Draw with Nature
Open to kids 3-12 years old. 3-5 year olds must be accompanied by their parents. Register now at bit.ly/mad-kids-camp
- Make sure that you and your kid wear comfortable clothes, as you will be walking around the farm
- Extra clothes and water is a must!
- Umbrella is also a good companion during the long walks
- Bring cash! There are great finds in their Pasalubong shop and the hall.
- I bought 2 bottles of raw honey @ 195/bottle.
- Peanut Brittle with Dill (herb) @ 65
- Taro ice cream – just the right sweetness and made from real taro 🙂 @20/cone
Enjoy and have fun! Excuse yourself from your digital world, if you won’t the signal will make you 😛
Goodies that we went home with 🙂 Many thanks!
To Tish Martinez Castillo, Human Nature Mommy, for her warm accommodation. I have more reasons to buy Human Nature ( I started using their products when my little Reiniel was born, as a typical mom who wants natural products for her precious little one) because of her I have more reasons to buy and support their advocacy.
- Laborers are paid the same rate regardless of location, NCR or Provincial
- Closed during Sundays to have time for their families and obligations
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To Raf, AM and Anna of MAD Travel for being a awesome guides, equipped with tons of patience and the forefront of this new flavor of edutainment for kids. Your kids are in good hands 🙂
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