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Jul 20, 2015

Caribbean Shores Standard Bearer Darrel Bradley Hosts Children Summer Camp

Today, Mayor Darrell Bradley concluded a two-week summer camp he hosted for the children of Caribbean Shores. Wearing his Standard Bearer hat, Bradley partnered with City Council and Diamonds International to treat the children to a fun and empowering camp. News Five attended the closing today at the B.T.L. Park.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

A summer camp with children from Caribbean Shores Division wrapped up today with fun activities and distribution of certificates. Eighty nine children, ages six through thirteen, were treated to fun and educational activities.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, U.D.P. Standard Bearer, Caribbean Shores

“We had a trip to Rendezvous Caye. The kids love that.  We had the first day we went to Altun Ha. We went Mountain Pine Ridge; the Museum of Belize. We did several tours and were right here at B.T.L. Park on several occasions to have sports and different activities like arts and craft. They did Sporting activities at Trinity School like basketball, volleyball and football. The two weeks were very packed; intensive. We had a lot of facilitators come in, including Brent Hamilton who gave a talk about safety, and promoting good values. We had Restore Belize come in and took them on a tour to the prison and that was very informational and transformative. We had three inmates speak to them about the experiences they have had since being in prison and the importance of making good choices.”

 

While it was a lot of fun, the children also learnt valuable lessons and got the opportunity to interact with others. Some of the participants shared their experiences.

 

Kaymar Bent

Kaymar Bent, Participant,

“Well, I mi enjoy myself, I mi like when time we mi gone dah Belize side and Caye. We du lotta thing and fun activities, sports. Go dah park and all kinda things.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, it was really great opportunity for you?”

 

Kaymar Bent

“Yeah.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, tell me what exactly did you like bout this camp?”

 

Kaymar Bent

“I mi like when we gone dah caye and swim. I mi like the movies and suh too. And learning bout fi we body parts.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, this is the first time you’re attending the camp?”

 

Kaymar Bent

“Yes, ma’am.”

 

Denroy Reynolds

Denroy Reynolds, Participant

“I like dah how yuh have lotta fun activities and every Friday we go do new stuff and I like when time we mi gone dah Caye and when we gone dah the park we had so much fun.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What did you like about the Caye?”

 

Denroy Reynolds

“We swim whole day and when we di come back I dah the first one fu see the dolphins.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What! So you enjoyed it?”

 

Denroy Reynolds

“Yes, ma’am.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What did you like about the Mayan Site?”

 

Jazira Butler

Jazira Butler, Participant

“They told us that we were on top of the Belikin bottle.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So you learnt a bit of history and about Belize?”

 

Jazira Butler

“Yes, ma’am.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Did you go to the prison?”

 

Jeffrey Young

Jeffrey Young, Participant

“Yes, ma’am.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Tell me weh you see dah prison?”

 

Jeffrey Young

“I see some jail people and like the cell.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Weh deh tell you? Study Hard?”

 

Jeffrey Young

“Study hard and stay outta the street and stay home.”

 

Bradley says that overall, the camp impacted the children’s lives in different ways.

 

Darrell Bradley

“This is one of the things that they kinda shared with us. A lot of them it was their first time going on a boat, first time going to the cayes and when we were going to Altun Ha, although that is very close, it is new opportunities for them. Even when we did tours in the city, a lot of them said they have never experienced those kinds of facilities within even Belize City. One of the things we are trying to do is to expose and encourage our young people to look beyond their environment and neighbourhood and to recognize that there are lots of empowering experiences. Albeit, two weeks, the engagement, we think, will open their eyes so that they will see the value in staying in school. The y will see the value in making right choices and going beyond so that they can embrace some of these opportunities.  Most of which were geared towards building character, promoting conflict resolution, team works. Healthy interaction between the young people.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

 

Bradley says that needy students, who enrolled in the summer camp, will be getting assistance with fees and books. They were also gifted with school bags courtesy of Diamonds International.

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