welcome to camp explore!
We organize year-round experiential learning activities through a camp setting. For the past 6 years, we have offered great adventure camping experiences for boys and girls, students and teachers, families, corporations, church groups, and various organizations.
Enjoy surfing through our site, download our registration forms, and register NOW! From our gallery of pictures and campers testimonies, you would feel the CAMP EXPLORE spirit but there is nothing like doing it yourself!
Message from the Camp Director
Camp Explore, launched in 2001, started as a family dream to share significant childhood experiences that we had as children to others. We are 7 children in the family. I have 3 sisters (one of them is my twin sister, Kat) and 3 brothers. The girls (Nina, Toby, Kit and Kat) came one after the other that my parents had 4 girls within 2 years and 8 months of being married. Our 3 boys (Tojun, Toton, and Tj) followed with more spacing in between (note: we were all delivered caesarian section!).
Having my own family now, I am more amazed and proud of how my parents raised us! I only have one daughter, Martina, who is 2 years old, and I can’t imagine how my parents did it for us during our time. Then, I look back and recall our childhood experiences. Throughout our teens, college and post-college years, seeing how my parents are with their 8 grandchildren and it all makes sense… PLAY, FACE-TO-FACE interaction, LAUGHTER, RESOURCEFULNESS (no props... no problem!), ROLE MODELS, SERVICE, and SHARING are key ingredients!
One of my mentors who pushed me to “begin with the leaves in my hand” was Tito Caloy (Abrera). When I was struggling and searching whether to push for this dream to start a camp (just like what we watch in the movies), Tito Caloy just told me to start with what I’ve got… despite of the lack of capital for investment, I had all these priceless experiences and skills to start with. God has sent numerous angels along the way to bring Camp Explore where it is now and to where it should go. Tito Caloy is now one of our angels in heaven and he is so right. God continues to provide…
Each one of us has within us a dream to have our children grow in a beautiful world where they would be able to rise up to the challenges ahead, and carve for themselves a comfortable, successful, and significant lives.
Camp Explore started as a program for children. Then, as we work, play, sleep with our campers, we realized that parents and adults need this program, too! What is safe and good for children, is safe and good for adults! It has to be a partnership, providing a common bonding experience for children and adults is a powerful tool to CONNECT and BUILD relationships.
I am blessed to work with a TEAM who cares and shares their valuable knowledge, skills, experiences, time, and talents to all our campers – young and old alike! I am proud of each one of them. It takes a lot of skill, patience, and compassion to be doing what we are doing. We dream that we could institutionalize this camp field in our country; that careers may blossom through this. As we become MASTERS (our term of endearment for our team) of our craft, we continually attend trainings, seminars, refresher courses to provide you with a SAFE, ENJOYABLE, LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
We attended conferences and were trained by members of the American Camp Association, International Camp Fellowship and Bradford Woods in Indiana. We worked with the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Florida for 4 summers training 90 counselors and running a camp for 350 kids, every week for 7 weeks in the months of June-July. I took my Masters at Cornell University with a degree in International Development focused on Youth Development for Environmental Sustainability and worked with the Cornell Outdoor Education as well.
So, after 8 years, we have developed and continually develop a remarkable VENUE, a delightful PROGRAM for children, teens, yuppies, parents, and adults...young and old alike who desire to ENJOY, TO LEARN and TO EXPERIENCE something valuable and beneficial not only for themselves but for others as well.
Words are not enough to express who we are and what we want to be. We hope as you go through our website, you will get to know more about us, get a glimpse of what we have to offer, and take that plunge to INVEST into an experience for your children, and for yourselves to JOIN our FAMILY and make dreams come true…
Experiences that shall last a lifetime….
JOIN US AT CAMP EXPLORE…
Kit Malvar Llamas
“One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try” - Aristotle