Camping Trip! A Brilliant and Different way of learning

By: Nicole E. Torres Collado

On September 20, 2012, the Association for Biology Students (AEB) in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, also known as RUM, had a meeting to discuss important surviving techniques used in the wilderness, as well as a schedule, this due to a camping trip that they will be attending on the 28th, 29th and 30th of September, in Río Abajo, Utuado, at a natural reserve.

Therefore, during the meeting the President of the association, Ms. Andrea Rosario expressed: “We are all very excited to meet you here and proud that so many people are interested in learning about surviving in the environment.” After sharing a few more words with the audience present, Mr. Danny Lugo, an expert in surviving went on to explain what is necessary to survive and how to organize a camping trip.

During the meeting, he also discussed how a person should organize themselves when they arrive at a camp site and during the camping trip. “The best way to organize yourself is through the buddy system, no one gets left behind, no matter what happens…” he expressed. During the meeting, many things were important to discuss, like for example, how to cook, prepare your clothes, how to prepare a first aid kit and how to give first aid in case anyone gets injured.

Afterwards, he went on to discuss a schedule prepared for a camping trip that the association would have that weekend. The members agreed that on Friday they would leave from the UPRM to Utuado at 6 p.m. and should be arriving at the camp site at 8 p.m. On Saturday they will go hiking in the mountains, caves and forest next to the camping area. On Sunday they will be attending “El Lago Dos Bocas”, and at 3 p.m. they will be heading back to Mayagüez. During the trip they will be finding out about organisms by observing how they interact with each other with the environment.

On one hand, during the meeting many people were interested in going to the camping trip, and they were given the opportunity to join the camping trip, as well as the association. After the meeting many students came in and joined the association. Also they decided to go to the camping trip; because they thought it’s a different way to learn about our environment and to not only appreciate it but take care of it.

On the other hand, one of the students said: “I have never gone to a camping trip before, but I am very excited to join this organization, because I think it’s a different way of understanding and appreciating our environment.” Many of the students were showing their enthusiasm towards the camping trip. Joining the association costs $15 and the camping trip costs $10. The deadline to join is October 15, 2012.

The Association for Biology Students is very excited to receive new members, not just from the Biology or Microbiology departments, but from anyone who is willing to learn about the environment. During the semester and the entire year this association is very active, and is always making new ways to interest different kinds of people into taking care of the environment. Other activities organized by this organization are beach cleaning, going to trips outside of the island and also rewarding the students that participate in the most activities throughout the year.

AEB is an organization for students of all departments who are interested in the environment. During the year they do activities that are for the benefit and the experience gaining of students.

During the meeting students were interested in what the association had to offer in this camping trip. They were educated and left the meeting ready for the camping trip.

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