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Jul 24, 2014

CitCo Hosts Summer Camp for Belize City Kids

Summertime is extra special for children and youths who are attending interesting summer camps. Over at the Skills Training Center on Magazine Road, the City Council wrapped up two summer camps today. It was a fun time for the participants who engaged in activities such as arts and crafts, sports, and day trips to exciting places. To top off the three weeks of events, the students received back to school goodies. Duane Moody has a report on the City’s third annual city summer camps.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Approximately one hundred students completed one of two summer camps hosted by the Belize City Council. The camps, which cater to primary school and high school students, have been ongoing for the past few weeks in south side Belize City. But today, the participants were honored for completing the weeks of activities. Mayor Darrell Bradley spoke of the initiative.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Well this is part of the City Council’s commitment really to invest in our youth during the summer period when we know young people have a lot of free time. The City Council took a decision three years ago to do three summer camps so that one of our councilors, Doctor Alain Gonzalez, is running this summer camp. He has ninety-five young people and it is geared towards more education, arts and craft; they do sports and trips, but it is more education and academic. We also have another sporting camp that is run in another part of Belize City that has a hundred people as well and they are doing more athletic kind of activities and it is for older young people. And this is important to us because we feel that during the summer period, we have to invest as much in our young people.”

 

The students received back to school backpacks along with other treats courtesy of various companies with whom the Council partnered. Councilor Alain Gonzalez, who was responsible for this particular camp, explained.

 

Alain Gonzalez

Dr. Alain Gonzalez, Councilor

“We sent out letters to the primary school to ask the teachers for students who will more benefit from the camp and so we have normally about ninety-five to one hundred and ten students that come to the camp and during the day we have a guest speaker who comes in the morning to talk about different life skills in the camp that the kids would need to survive with. For example we have a police man that came in, a fire man that came in, we had nurses that came in and I talked to the kids and then in the evening time we would have sports. Also in the morning, we would have computer class and arts and craft classes. So they kids have enjoyed the summer camps a lot because we also took them on trips. We went to Bacab last week and the week before that we went to Old Belize and the Zoo. So I would say the kids really enjoyed themselves at the summer camp.”

 

For the participants they were even more excited. They told us that it is simply an opportunity for them to keep out of trouble and to do something productive with their leisure time.

 

Eandre Nunez

Eandre Nunez, Participant, City Council Summer Camp

“We did lot of fun stuff, you learn new things every day. On Fridays, we go to like Bacab, Old Belize and Goff’s Caye and we play a lot of sports, computer class, educational stuff, reading…arts.”

 

Duane Moody

“So would you suggest to other youths to be a part of this camp?”

 

Eandre Nunez

“Yes sir, because it keeps out of trouble out there and it helps you to behave yourself and it keeps people off the streets and away from violence.”

 

Ziandra Baird

Ziandra Baird, Participant, City Council Summer Camp

“I learn to play volleyball and football from the camp and it is very important to come and be a part of the summer program because it keeps you out of trouble and so.”

 

Duane Moody

“Would you advise other people to be part of it?”

 

Ziandra Baird

“Yes, I advise other younger youths to come and be part of the summer camp.”

 

Imanie Nunez

Imanie Nunez, Participant, City Council Summer Camp

“I learn about rules and about good friends and about playing volleyball and arts and computer lab.”

 

OCEANA, UNICEF and Diamonds International are among some of the major sponsors of the camp. Duane Moody for News Five.

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