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Jul 6, 2012

Kids get the Belize Camping Experience

Summer camps are popping up on every radar across the country and another began this week in Belize City, specifically targeting the children on the south side. It’s the Belize Camping Experience and it provides a well rounded program for the kids with everything from spiritual guidance, education and counseling to fun activities, entertainment and talent development. The camp directors collaborate with schools to get students involved and News Five’s Delahnie Bain caught up with them today at the Queen Street Baptist Primary School.

 

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

Over a thousand kids from Southside Belize City are a part of a growing summer program called the Belize Camping Experience. It’s held annually by a non-profit organization which hopes to create a better future for Belize by steering the youths on the right path.

 

Sashá Garnett

Sashá Garnett, Camp Director, Belize Camping Experience

“Belize Camping Experience; we were established in 2006, we’re a non-profit organization geared towards working with kids in Belize City. Our goal is to restore Belize for the love of Christ by inspiring kids who are the future of our nation. We do this through summer camps, like the one we’re having here. We have several throughout the summer.”

 

Alexander Perez

Alexander Perez, Director, Belize Camping Experience

“At the end of the day they can learn something that comes from the bible and how can they relate that in what the kids are currently happening right here in Belize City. And then we go into games and personal time with the counselors. The counselors are the young people who are jumping with the kids, we train them. We have trained them over the last six months for them to be able to work with the kids to see the problems that they have been going through, how they can build relationship, how they can show them love, how they can tell them their own personal story; why they are different from the young people that are out there and why do they care for them. So at the end of the day, then we go right into the chapel again and we have snacks and we finish the day with everything we have learned and we have Peanut Butter and Jelly, our two clowns and it’s just amazing what we do here.”

 

The activities are designed to be both fun and educational for the kids.

 

Leroy Smith

Leroy Smith, Participant, Belize Camping Experience

“I think this camp fun because they teach us about Jesus and they told us what to do and they teach us not to do the wrong thing.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“Weh dah your favorite thing about the camp?”

 

Leroy Smith

“My favorite thing about the camp, they teach me how to dance and do martial arts.”

 

Latifa Gillett

Latifa Gillett, Participant, Belize Camping Experience

“Ih good.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“Why?”

 

Latifa Gillett

“Cause dehn teach yoh bout God and dehn teach yoh bout love.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“And weh dah your favorite thing fi do yah?”

 

Latifa Smith

“Dehn mek yoh play game, mek yoh sing, give yoh snacks and dehn kinda thing.”

 

Sashá Garnett

“This year we also borrowed the idea of having workshops with the kids, using their talents for the glory of God. It’s amazing to see them dancing and drumming; we have some of them singing and signing at the other workshops.”

 

The directors also make fundraising an interactive learning experience for the kids. This year, they have planted forty acres of corn that will be harvested and sold to finance next year’s camps.

 

Sashá Garnett

“The farmers have loaned their land—we have twenty acres in San Carlos in Orange Walk and twenty acres in banana bank and it’s of corn. And when this corn is reaped and sold, the proceeds will go towards camps for the kids and follow-ups.”

 

Alexander Perez

“Harvest for Kids Belize is connecting with Belize City so we can tell those kids that these camps are not just money picked on a money tree, but literally people have worked hard. And so there’s a process; we planted already the corn and we want to invite the community to help us on this because we gotta raise twenty-three thousand dollars for us to harvest this harvest in October. So what’s happening is that there are three processes—we’re taking the kids into the field, kids from Belize City so that they can see how the farmer plant the seeds and how the farmer plants the seed and how he reaps and the hard work that goes in tilling the land. The farmer is putting his effort by giving the land, his machinery and his effort and we in the city, out in the country, you can make the donation of seeds, fertilizer and chemicals so we can make that harvest grow.”

 

When the camps are over, the instructors will do follow ups with the participants to make sure they put what they have learned to good use. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

 

To support the Belize Camping Experience, you can contact Garnett at 622-9239 or Perez at 621-5541 and of course, you can find them on Facebook.

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1 Response for “Kids get the Belize Camping Experience”

  1. Storm says:

    I think these camps sound like a great idea, to give kids a new and wholesome experience. Nothing changes your outlook on life more than traveling and seeing different places and experiences.

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