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Jul 8, 2013

Belize Camping Experience’s summer camp for kids

The Belize Camping Experience sponsored a large project last year that held the participation of many farmers who harvested corn while being watched by inner city kids. The funds generated from the harvest were used to sponsor summer camps all over Belize City. News Five spoke to the Director of Belize Camping Experience, Alexander Perez, who says that there are more experiences for the one thousand five hundred students that are in the camps this year.


Alexander Perez, Director, Belize Camping Experience

Alexander Perez

“We started summer camps a week ago. We are actually seeing the fruits of that harvest coming into practical use. We are having nine camps taking place over the city of Belize; over a thousand five hundred kids coming to camp. One of the things that make these camps so unique is because now we are introducing Belize curriculum. We have a story of a young man in Belize who went through adversity and we are applying it to our kids so our kids can relate to what this young man went through. We are using this curriculum, written by Belizeans. The program is really, really neat, but that was only able through the Harvest for Kids Project that we did. And now we have finances to do the program much better so that we can reach more kids. One of the other things is that we have young people from across the country of Belize. Last year, we were able to plant forty acres of corn in Belize to do these camps. And the follow up, right now we have seventy-seven acres of corn growing—almost double the crop. We have over fifty acres in Orange Walk and over twenty-five acres in Cayo growing—corn and also sorghum growing together. And it is the same concept that happens last year: farmers are putting their machinery, their efforts, their labor, their land and we want to invite the public to come and join together; partner with us because as we plant these crops, by next year, these crops get finance and we have these finances to help us to do our follow ups right through the year and also the camps. There is a lot of work to accomplish by October—we are going to be harvesting again—and so people are welcomed to join us and participate in what’s taking place.”


Every time you buy Circle ‘R’ rice, one cent goes to Belize Camping Experience. If you want to find more information and schedule you can go to Belize Camping Experience Facebook Page. 


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