Sem-end Recap: Titans Conquered the Jungle in Camp Us 2017
Counting days till the start of another semester or still savouring the holiday break? As we welcome this New Year, let us take a step back and reminisce how the past semester had been starting with the school’s annual sleepover, Camp Us.
Now that a new year has come, and with weeks away from the start of classes, Titans are savouring the days and nights they have left to get complete sleep. But even though students and sleep seem to have a love-hate relationship throughout the course of the past semester, the school led by the Student Government still found a fun and memorable way to marry the two.
Held last October 1-2, 2017, Camp Us is Enderun’s annual school sleepover that aims to break the usual barriers that get in the way of potential friendships and create not only a shared time and place, but also shared experiences wherein students could interact with one another.
Last year, the campus was turned into a concrete jungle for the overnight, with tents pitched at the Courtyard and greenery set up inside the Tent to mimic the outdoor feel. To make the experience more true to life, hosts for the night were no other than Tarzan and Steve Irwin, played by a shirtless Benz Zabala and a safari-ready Brian Ager.
SG partnered with student volunteers called Marshals, student actors who turned Titans Hall into a World War II asylum called Hall 1945, and Red Bull which ensured everyone stayed pumped throughout the night. Camp Us also featured a special performance by Bea Lorenzo along with inspiring messages from the school’s co-founder, Mr. Danny Perez and President, Dean Ed Rodriguez, spiced up by a sumptuous dinner of pork carnitas with cilantro rice from Culinaire.
And of course, what is camping without jamming around a bonfire? Aside from following 2016’s traditions, Camp Us 2017 stepped up its game by making shared experiences even better with mini golf, billiards, mocktails and games all around campus.
As a repeat camper, student Ann Murphy said she enjoyed playing billiards the most this time around. “For this year’s Camp Us, I think what stood out was that there were areas for people to meet with similar interests. I played with people I don’t know which is very new to me in the Enderun setting. It’s not all the time you can do an interactive thing in Enderun with a student you don’t know, so parang nagka-friends pa ako.”
First timer and Grade 11 student Alyssa Villante also expressed excitement for the next Camp Us, after enjoying this year’s Hall 1945, mini golf, and Bambikes. ‘’It was one of the best nights of my life because I really felt I’m in a family. Before, we’re intimidated with the college people but then we found out we still had similarities, and we share the same dilemma here in school,’’ she said. ‘’I felt more at home in Camp Us. I also liked seeing our teachers having fun with us. I hope more will join next time.’’
As an event that has turned into an annual get-together among Titans, Student Government President Joey Tuason shared, “I remember when this was just an idea on a notebook, now we are on our second year running. It was an honor and a blessing to organize another Camp Us; unfortunately, it will be my last. I am confident, however, that this will continue to be an Enderun tradition for many years to come and am grateful to see how much joy it has brought to the Enderun community.”
Camp Us 2017 also served as the formal introduction of Jango the dog to the Enderun family and the launching of the Enderun App trailer.
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