For the week for 15 - 19 July, The Sunshine League, in partnership with PRIDE Bermuda put on a Summer Camp for 14 year old youth. The difference with this summer camp is that it offers a solid, proven life skills training curriculum specifically geared toward this age group. There are lessons, group participation activities interactive demonstrations as well as a time for scrapbooking and reflection so that the participants can consolidate all that they are learning and be able to prepare themsleves to share their knowledge with peers and classmates when they return to school in the fall. One of the activities was to perform a debate on the value of the media, which was observed and judged by The Royal Gazette’s own lifestyle reporter Nadia. Of course, we also have all the summer fun activities, as well. We had a fitness session with Monroe Darrell, owner of M-Core, and an amazing workout coach and fitness expert - he really put us through our paces before we sat down to a delicious and healthy lunch that was prepared by Chef Ashley Tucker, with (of course) the invaluable assistance of all the participants. What 14 year old DOESN’T like pizza? Well we gave them a healthy one! We had a tour of Fort Hamilton. We went to Tobacco Bay for an amazing lunch (Thanks to the staff and management at Buzz for providing us a reduced rate on lunch AND snorkelling gear.) There were some participants who really stretched themselves on this one because they had never been snorkelling before and so were trying something new for the very first time. We had a tour of VSB news with Bryan Darby, who also provided the children with a news story writing assignment which he will judge during the second week of camp. We have been to a private pool for swimming, water games, diving (some of our group were doing front flips off the diving board with amazing ease and grace) and some delicious home made cookies and lemonade provided by the owner of the home. We enjoyed a great afternoon of learning the basics of photography with our partners at the Bermuda National Gallery - the youth took some amazing pictures and will be able to select one that will be printed up for them to have as a keepsake and a demonstration of their artistic ability. And finally, we went to Admiralty House for a fitness boot camp with Fajr Bashir, one of Bermuda’s premiere fitness trainers, and followed that up with more time in the water and as you will see from the pictures, some time jumping off of the rocks out there.
The participants have really been having a great experience - learning lots of valuable skills that will help them as they begin the transition from childhood to adulthood. They are getting some exposure to some other activities and potential career interests by connecting with news media, phtographers, chefs and fitness experts. In addition, they are just having an all around good time in a positive environment where they can bond with other teens.
The facilitators also have had a great time, and have been thrilled to witness the participation that the youth have exhibited in all our curricular and extra-curricular activities. We are looking forward with great anticipation to the second half of the camp, to be help from 05 - 09 August 2013. We can’t wait to see the participants come back and we hope that they are as excited to return as we are to see them again.
Please click on the photo gallery tab above to select the appropriate gallery to view a selection of pictures from the camp.
For more information please contact:
S. Glenn Faries
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