The team met up around 5:00 AM at HQ and Mcdo, Centris last July 7, 2018 for our Jungle Environmental Survival Training. Our training was held at Subic, where the first JEST camp was established.

Upon arrival, we settled down and waited for the facilitators to accommodate us. We filled up our waiver and after that, their head nurse discussed everything about the JEST camp: the do’s and don’ts, the history of JEST camp and what to expect in our 2-day training event. After the introductions about JEST camp, he introduced us to our master campers, kuya  Rudy and kuya Marlon. They are native aetas from that region, and they’re the one that taught us everything we have to know in our 2-day survival training.

Before going to the campsite, they demonstrated us the basics like how to make fire using only bamboo and without lighter or matches.

They also taught us how to make eating and kitchen utensils using bamboo and bolo and  how to extract gugo shampoo from the vines of a certain plant.  And lastly, they demonstrated how to make and use traps to catch prey in the wild.

After all the demonstrations, we waited a bit for the shuttle to arrive. And the facilitators made use of the time to take a picture of us holding their JEST camp trophy.

Going to the campsite is a little challenge because it’s raining and the mud’s really slippery. It was a 30-45 mins trek before arriving at the campsite. Upon arriving, we pitched our tents, ate our lunch and prepared for our activities.



Our first activity is to make fire. Here’s how it is done:

We gathered fresh bamboos for cooking and dried bamboos for starting fire. Most of us had a hard time starting fire that time. Doing this method is really hard. Nakakangalay at nakakapagod.  Kuya Rudy said we almost started a fire but the kusot we used was a defect. In the end, our camp masters helped us start the fire. While making the fire, most of us made our own eating utensils using bamboo.

Yes!Fire at last! Teepee fire lay.


Our camp masters taught us about different kind of jungle plants and how to use them for survival.

After the lecture, we enjoyed bathing in the river. We also used gugo for shampoo. And lastly, we enjoyed sliding in the dam and fishing.

Then after that, we proceeded in cooking our dinner using bamboo cooking utensils. Our camp masters helped us in preparing our sinaing sa bamboo and sinigang na baboy sa bamboo.  Sobrang sarap!

After dinner, we rested a bit and prepared for our socials. The heavy rain won’t stop us from happy socials.

The next morning…

We prepared our brunch and we had a fun and tasty boodle fight.

After eating, we packed up our things, cleaned our campsite, made sure that we left nothing. We headed for the falls and enjoyed there  before going back to the base camp.

After cleaning ourselves in the base camp, we proceeded on the awarding of certificate. J

As a long-time mountaineer, I am happy that I learned new skills in our training course. Skills like how to make utensils and start a fire by just using bamboo trees will help a lot in survival situations. It’ll contribute a lot  in my outdoor adventures.


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