|Cultural and Environmental Camp wraps up after week of activities|
|Thursday, 29 July 2010 10:10|
Twenty-seven children received certificates of completion after going through five days of rich cultural and environmental activities in a camp sponsored by the Turks and Caicos National Trust.
The camp was an overwhelming success and saw children develop a deeper sense of commitment to the preservation of the country’s culture and tradition and its lush environment — a commitment they share with the trust’s mission.
Trust Education Officer Jonathan Sayao was very proud of the campers for being cooperative and very thankful for the support of the organization’s staff and parents who made the camp such an overwhelming success.
“I am extremely happy with the outcome of the camp,” he said. “It was a hectic and exhilarating week — going through preparations and all, but my experience with the children are all worth the sacrifices. We all learned from the camp and enjoyed every bit of it.”
The programmes for the camp were structured to allow participants to experience a variety of activities all geared towards a deeper appreciation of the cultural, natural and historic heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The camp featured a particular theme on each of the five days of the camp.
Children poured out their creative juices during the Recycling Day and converted trash into pieces of art.
“I liked the recycling activities a lot. I enjoyed making paper mache from Mystic bottle,” Jenika Seide said at the wrap-up session Monday.
Campers also had the chance to get their hands dirty as they went gardening at Cheshire Hall Plantation Site. They planted mahogany seedlings and other beans.
Aaron Robinson, an 11-year old participant, said that gardening has taught him a lot and was his favorite day of the camp.
A photography session was also held with the campers learning the basics of camera settings, photography techniques, indoor and outdoor shots while swapping roles being a model and photographer with a buddy of their choice.
Local music and dance was another hit with the kids as they learned traditional songs and instrument-playing. They also made a special dance presentation of common folk songs in the country.
Like cherry on top of already a flavorful week, most of the campers declared field trip as their most loved day. They explored Fort George Cay on a boat ride and also visited Iguana Island.
Resource persons for the week were Eric Salamanca and Melanie Visaya during the gardening day, Chell Beeson during the Photography 101 session and David Bowen, Director of Culture, on local songs and dances.
The trust conducts summer camps annually and vows to continue such tradition every summer to help children spend school break meaningfully.
Sayao thanked everyone who helped, especially the staff and volunteers, including trust Director Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams, Shirmay Llewellyn who prepared foods and other materials, Wayne Hall of Ocean Vibes/ Reef Peepers, and Culture Department staff and Barbara Johnson for the use of their facility which served as camp base.
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