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Jul 9, 2013

The spiritual side to a summer camp

At the Queen Street Baptist School on Queen Street, about a hundred students were back in the classrooms. The curriculum, however, is different and other than regular classes, the children are worshipping together and enjoying art and crafts and other games. The camp is one of many others that are taking place around the country called Belize Camping Experience. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Classes may have ended for the summer, but the Queen Street Baptist school was filled with laughter and learning as the Belize Camping Experience took its summer camp to youths who returned to the school.

The Camp was funded by the proceeds of a large corn harvesting project initiated by the organizers of the group and volunteers from across the country are teaching and bonding with the kids.

 

Romel Rudon

Romel Rudon, Camp Director

“We’ve been going to schools, we’ve been conducting the sing silly songs, we sing worship songs with the kids as well. We have arts and craft and games section and we play with the kids as well. We also have the chapel section; this is the core of what we do. This is the part in which we actually teach the kids more about life experiences and relate it to Jesus Christ, which is the object of our mission.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So theology, music, some creativity with arts and craft. How many schools are you planning to do this throughout this summer?”

 

Romel Rudon

“We are working with approximately seven schools and we are planning to see a little over a thousand.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And Queen Street Baptist, what has the experience been with the kids so far today?”

 

Romel Rudon

“It has been very good. You know at Queen Street Baptist, the kids are very playful so they are very open to just interacting with us. That’s what we want to build relationships with these children because we would like to show them god’s love through relationships. This is something that I never had as a kid and it gives me great pleasure to do it now. So the kids have been very interactive. They had been more reserved at first and now they have really opened up to us and we can relate to them more.”

 

Kelvin Godoy

The kids enjoyed the activities.

 

Kelvin Godoy, 12

“I play football.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What was the experience like now that you’ve met these people from Belize Camping experience?”

 

Kelvin Godoy

“They’re good because they teach you about god, they play games, they give you snacks. They are good. 

 

Jose Sanchez

“So you feel that this brings you closer to god? It makes you want to be a better person?”

 

Kelvin Godoy

“Yes sir.”

 

Nelson Gillett, 7

nelson Gillett

“Dehn teach we fi be good to each others and that.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So they teach you manners. And are you being good?”

 

Nelson Gillett

“Yeah.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And they teach you about god and you’re singing the songs. You like that?”

 

Nelson Gillett

“Yeah.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What was your favorite part of today so far?”

 

Nelson Gillett

“After dehn ker we up by church and sing the good thing about God and depth.”

 

Althea Garbutt

Althea Garbutt, Director

“After we finish camp, we do a thing called follow ups. So apart from doing camps, come September, I will be right back here and I do follow up with them maybe every other Friday and I come and teach the word of god and I get to know the children intimately. It is not just like the regular camps that are run throughout the city, but the fact that the follow up is done. So these children see me every time.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“The spiritual element is clearly one of the significant aspects of the camp is it because it is something that BCE sees is something lacking within the city with students?”

 

Althea Garbutt, Director

“I wouldn’t say lacking within the city cause to be fair, so many camps are being done throughout the city during summer time. But for BCE, our main thing is the follow ups and that is what we feel is lacking because most people come in and do the imput like a week and then walk away. When you catch the fish, you must clean the fish; that’s the area where that we come in.”

 

Althea Garbutt, one of the director’s wrote the spiritual theme song that the children learnt at this year’s camp. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

 

If you are interested in having your child attend one of the camps, you can reach the organizers at the Belize Camping Experience’s Facebook page. 

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