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Abstract

Pupils’ Participation in scouting activities and effects on their holistic learning

Author: Caraan, Rochelle B.

This study determined the pupils’ participation in scouting activities and its effects to their holistic learning in Calabanga East District, School Year 2018-2019. Specific problems investigated were: (1) the DepEd mandated scouting programs for elementary in terms of rationale and objectives, organization, implementation strategies and activities and projects; (2) the quality of pupils’ participation in scouting activities along backyard camping, skill-o-roma, camp fire , community outreach and jamboree; (3) the quality of pupils’ holistic development along learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together; (4) the significant relationship between pupils’ participation and their holistic learning; (5) the extent of scouting activities contributed to pupil scout’s holistic learning; and (6) the scouting activities that may be proposed to enhance the implementation management of the scouting program in the Calabanga East District.The Study was anchored on the hypotheses that there is significant relationship between pupils’ participation in scouting activities and their holistic learning and scouting activities contributed to pupil scouts’ holistic learning. The method used in this study was descriptive-evaluative-correlational. The respondents of the study included three three hundred forty-nine (349) pupils, thirty-six (36) teachers, and thirteen (13) school coordinators in Calabanga East District. Data were gathered through a research-made questionnaire. Data were treated statistically using weighted mean, ranking, person’s product moment of correlation coefficient and regression analysis. The findings of the study were: (1) the main objective of the program is anchored on the Department’s mission to enhance, support, and develop boys and girls into well-rounded individuals with exemplary character. For BSP, there are Kid Scout, Boy Scout. For GSP, Twinkler, Star Scout, and Junior Scout. As to implementation strategies, all pupils and Deped officials are expected to promote membership to the BSP and GSP and there are different scouting activities and projects such as jamborees, camps, gatherings, competitions, trainings and conferences subject to existing DepEd policies, rules and regulations; (2) the level of pupils’ participation along backyard camping had average weighted mean of 3.83; along Skill-O-Rama, the average weighted mean was 3.86; camp fire had average weighted mean of 3.89; along Community outreach, the average weighted mean was 3.93; and along Jamboree, the average weighted mean was 3.88. The over-all mean for the level of pupils’ participation in scouting activities was 3.87; (3) the quality of pupils’ holistic learning along learning to know was (AWM=3.72); along learning to do was (AWM=3.71); along learning to be was (AWM=3.69); and along learning to live together was (AWM= 3.82). The over-all mean quality of pupils’ holistic learning was 3.73; (4) among the variable of scouting activities and holistic learning, campfire and learning to be obtained an r=-.203 and p-value =.025. Other scouting activities such as backyard camping,skill-o-rama, community outreach and jamboree when correlated with holistic learning yielded p-value greater than 5%; (5) On the extent of scouting activities contributed to pupil scout’s holistic learning, the r² value was 0.25 and a p-value of .025; and (6) activities along backyard camping, camp fire, skill-o-rana, community outreach and jamboree will be improved so that pupils will experience different kinds of activities that will enhance their holistic learning. It was concluded that: (1) the Department of Education recognizes the significant role of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines in aiding the school system that mold pupils into responsible and responsive citizens of the country and in promoting holistic learning, (2) pupils had high participation in backyard camping, skill-o-rama, campfire, jamboree especially in community outreach; (3) pupils are excellent in communicating and socializing with other people. Their skills and abilities, and personal character were also highly enhanced by scouting; (4) there is indirect relationship between pupils’ participation in campfire and their holistic learning. Pupils enjoyed the different activities such as the showcase of talents, ceremonies, socializing, sharing ideas and stories with other scouts; (5) various scouting activities along campfire such as ode to the fire ceremony, candle lighting, camp share , camp yell, presentation and socialization contributed to pupil scouts’ holistic learning; (6) the proposed school-based encampment will be the enrichment of the activities found in this study and it will give emphasis to the holistic learning of the pupils.

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