Belen Regional Program and Training Center
Candelaria, Quezon Province
The Founder, Lord Baden-Powell, once said that “the value of camping is that it brings us face to face with nature, and that we should all work hard not only to enjoy the pleasure of camping-but to get our eyes wide open to nature. Through all these, we shall get a realization of God the Creator”.
To fully provide these opportunities, the Belen Regional Program and Training Center located in Masin, Candelaria, Quezon is open to patrols and troops throughout the year for on-going camping and outdoor activities.
Belen Regional Program and Training Center named after its philanthropic donors, Mr. Nicomedes Belen and his wife Elpidia, consists of more than three hectares, sitting at the highest promontory of Barangay Masin. Just a stone's throw away from the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, it lies adjacent to the Boy Scout camp lot, also donated by Mr. & Mrs. Belen.
As one stands at the entrance of the Girl Scouts camp, one gets a breathtaking view of the rolling terrains of the town of Candelaria , the vast coconut plantations and hundreds of hectares of ricelands. To the south, is the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway and the railroad that transverses the former just some 200 meters west of the gate of the main camp. Farther, is the San Juan Mountain , looking like the back of a huge sleeping dragon overlooking the bays of Batangas and Tayabas.
Mount Banahaw , majestically looming large at a distance, to the north, is known to the residents of the towns of Candelaria, Sariaya, Tayabas and Lucban as the “rain mountain”. Said to be the sister of Mount Makiling in Laguna and the highest in Southern Tagalog, it is an extinct water volcano towering about 7,200 feet into the clouds. Close to it at the western side is a much smaller mountain, San Cristobal the haven of the cults and the favorite camping grounds of tourists and adventure-seekers during the summer months, especially during the Holy Week.
How to Reach the Center
Buses and jeepneys are available 24 hours a day. It is a 30-minute drive from the city of Lucena and about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Manila . A 500-meter walk from the gate brings one to the site.
The site is a 3.5 hectare area, best for art activities as painting and drawing because of its panoramic view.
Its sloping terrain will enable everyone to enjoy orienteering, hiking, and wide games and star gazing. Girls wishing to experience the adventure of tree climbing can do so, for the camp is planted with sampaloc and mango trees.
Patrols inclined in music or acting can gather inspirations from the chirping of the birds and the rustling sounds of the leaves. Skilled resource persons for activities such as taekwando, needlework and handicrafts can also be provided through advance coordination.
For further information about bookings and reservations you may e-mail, visit or contact:
MRS. REBECCA T. BASAÑES
Regional Executive Director
Southern Luzon Regional Office
Isabang, Lucena City , PHILIPPINES
Telefax : +63 (42) 710-3277