THE OFFICE for Community Development (OCD) launched its first Summer Youth Camp last May 8 to 10 in Lipa City, Batangas to train youth leaders in the country.

OCD director Jose Cruz III said that the youth camp aims to develop the team building skills of Thomasian and non-Thomasian leaders together.

“We aim to give selected student leaders a good leadership formation that could aid them in the future,” Cruz told the Varsitarian.

The camp was attended by 24 Thomasians, each representing different organizations in the University, and 62 other youth participants from communities as Tarlac, Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, and Tondo, Manila.

Cruz said that the activities in the camp were organized in such a way that the participants would be able to interact with one another. The activities included group-sharing, obstacle race, time-pressure challenges, and relay games.

“We did not know one another but the different activities became the avenue for us to mingle with new people,” said Teatro Tomasino secretary Eladio Abquina, one of the participants in the youth camp. “It was a really extraordinary experience for us fellows.”

With the success of the summer youth camp, Cruz said that the OCD plans to do the activity annually.

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