Baguio Teachers Camp in Baguio City - Philippines
Since its inception in 1908, the Baguio Teachers Camp has become both a training facility for supervisors and businessmen, and at the same time a vacation spot for teachers.
What sets Baguio Teachers Camp apart from other facilities like it is the setting. Although located in the midst of the city, the 23 hectare camp is surrounded by pine trees, greens and hills. Coupled with a beautifully kept garden and you have the perfect place for not just work but also rest and recreation.
The Baguio Teachers Camp has plenty of accommodations. There are forty seven cottages in the sprawling area, and with each able to hold between two and five persons. The eleven dormitories on the other hand, can lodge over one thousand people.
For business executives and administrators the Baguio Teachers Camp offers the use of several conference halls and function rooms, which have room for up to one thousand people. In addition to these, there are two dining areas that can hold up to 700 individuals. Of course, food and drinks are available.
The origin of the Baguio Teachers Camp can be traced back to the then Governor of Benguet, William Pack. In 1907 he had written to W. Moran Shuster of the Public Instruction Department about setting up a place where teachers could meet. Thus the camp was created.
The place became the meeting area for teachers, professors and personnel of the Education Bureau. During the early days, the American teachers stayed in tents, Eventually, its conditions were improved, and from the initial gathering in 1908, by 1910, traversing the Teachers Camp had been made easier as roads were paved and constructed.
The buildings and other edifices in Baguio Teachers Camp were destroyed during the outbreak of World War II, but it was quickly rehabilitated through the funding issued by the War Damage Commission. Even today, the structures in the camp are constantly being well maintained by the Teachers Camp Director, and is directly under the Department of Education.
The tradition has continued unbroken and it became the convention site for the Baguio Teachers Assembly. Today, teachers, not just from the City of Pines, but from all over the country visit the camp in the summer. It is also serving as a center for the continued growth and learning of teachers.
As time goes by, the workshops and programs in the Baguio Teachers Camp will continue to grow and change to meet the growing demands of the education sector.