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Jul 22, 2016

CitCo Wraps Up Annual Summer Camp

Summer camps have been providing an outlet for those energetic kids who are on holidays. In the city, students from numerous schools participated in a free summer program that entertained and educated them on values that will hopefully make them good citizens. The Belize City Council has been holding the summer camps for four years; and primary school children have been flocking to the activity in numbers.  Aside from fun day trips to interesting places, the program moved away from the traditional, and the youths were also taught about the importance of respect toward each other. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A cohort of primary school students from various communities in Belize City has completed a summer program organized by the Belize City Council.  In its fourth year, the curriculum focuses on developing you minds through meaningful engagement.  That includes teaching the children life skills, as well as the values of respect and honesty.  Phillip Singh has been working with the program since 2012.


Phillip Singh

Phillip Singh, Community Outreach Officer

“The summer camp is like a four-year-old summer camp.  We started four years ago since I came to the council and since then it just has grown.  We always try to cater for seventy-five kids or more.  Usually we get the seventy-five and more; each year is an experience.  I basically work at the council to provide services like this, you know, and I enjoy doing this kind of job.  The kids mein, it’s all for the kids with me.  There’s nothing else but all for the kids with me.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now where do these kids come from?  Is this a concentration of kids primarily from one area of the city or is it across the entire Belize City?”


Phillip Singh

“What we do, is we send [an invitation] to primary schools [and the] primary schools send in back the list.  We get the list from primary schools and that’s where we source our kids.”


Maximus Scott

Ten-year-old Maximus Scott is among a growing number of students participating in the annual activity.  While it is his first year with the program, there are many others who eagerly look forward to attending the summer camp to catch up with old friends.


Maximus Scott, Participant

“I learned a lot about rules, respect and how to respect others that are older than you, respect yourself and respect your friends.  No fighting and no bullying and I learned also that wherever you go you have rules.”


Those principles are among the many values that these kids are taking with them, not only into the upcoming academic year but wherever they choose to go.


Paul Martinez

Paul Martinez, Participant

“The camp was a very good camp and I hope to come next year because I learned to have respect, manners and I learned that love your neighbor as you would love yourself.”


Councilor Alain Gonzalez, under whose responsibility this program falls, was on hand to address the participants during the brief closing ceremony.


Alain Gonzalez, City Councilor

“We went on different trips.  We went to Bacab.  We went to Old Belize.  We went to Old Belize beach.  We went to Altun Ha, we went to the Baboon Sanctuary so I’m sure that you guys had a joyful time on these two weeks of camp that we had, right.”


Alain Gonzalez

The routine, according to Singh, is broken up into several activities, including sports.


Phillip Singh

“In the morning, we do a morning devotion.  In the afternoon we do computer and arts and in the afternoon we do sports.  So we got volleyball, football and basketball.  We try to do the fundamentals of the game.  So we teach the fundamentals of the game and throughout the day they just play.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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