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Jul 11, 2013

B.D.F. Summer Camp has numerous programs for kids

One of the most anticipated summer programs is organized by the Belize Defense Force. Children from all over the country between ages ten to sixteen converge at Price Barracks for the annual event which is themed, “Beyond Hope, Building discipline and Developing Fundamental Life skills.” At the ongoing first session, two hundred children are taking part in a number of fun activities.  News Five’s Jose Sanchez also found out that a number of them were flocking to the visual arts program.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The first session of the annual B.D.F. summer camp runs from the eight to the nineteenth of July. According to B.D.F. Chief of Staff, Raymond Shepherd, Children were stationed across Price Barracks for a fun and educational program.

 

Raymond Shepherd, Chief of Staff, B.D.F.

Raymond Shepherd

“Approximately two hundred kids spread over six different programs. For this session we have bird-watching, arts and craft, painting, sketching and drawing; computer assembly, swimming chess [and] football. Football; we have approximately forty persons in football.”

 

Sgt. Trevor Major, Drum Major

“We’re doing the drumming. We teach the rudiment including theory and practical. Introduction to drums, description, notes meaning reading music and so forth. You have most drummers that play drums and don’t read music.”

 

Trevor Major

Jose Sanchez

“Why is it important for the B.D.F. to teach kids about music?”

 

Sgt. Trevor Major

“Well at an early age it is best to mold the children because music is something that at times it becomes repetitive and you have to do it over and over again. As a young child, they learn very quickly and as they advance in age, it instills them and gives them discipline.”

 

Jose Hernandez, Participant

“I love music, drumming, first time usually drumming and something to do in summer.”

 

Jose Sanchez

Jose Hernandez

“If you weren’t doing this camp, what would you have been doing?”

 

Jose Hernandez

“Working. But this is fun. You learn respect and you learn how to enjoy yourself.”

 

In addition to drumming, kids could have also used paint on paper or physical activity with your bodies in the art section of the program.

 

Katie Numie Usher

Katie Numie Usher, Art Instructor

“We’re doing an art camp with them. In the mornings, we do more of the art activities be it painting or collages or drawing. And then in the afternoons, we do some calisthenics. Sometimes we do yoga, sometimes we do Zumba and then we do the more performance aspect of art. So that would be poetry in terms of spoken word. We did skits and today we did a modern dance planning because we are going to prepare for that for the end of the camp. We are going to do some presentations.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Keifer, why do you like the art camp?”

 

Kieffer Young

Kieffer Young, 11 years

“Because it just feels like you are expressing yourself and you are trying to be creative.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Which one of the activities do you like?

Kieffer Young, 11 years

“The Zumba…it is really relaxing because it is dancing and exercise. It is really fun.”

 

Raymond Shepherd

“The next session that starts on the twenty-ninth of July. We will be having swimming, chess, computer repairs, bird-watching, small boat handling and introduction to aviation.”

 

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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