Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS) — Over 230 hundred young people between the ages of 8 to 16 are engaging in fun and educational lessons as the first week of the 31st Annual Department of Youth Empowerment Summer Residential Camp rolls on.
The campers, housed at the Beach Allen Primary School, are learning skills in basic computer, art and craft, basketry, agriculture, marching band, baking, traditional drumming and more.
Minister responsible for youth the Honourable Glenn Phillip stressed that over the years, the two week camp has provided invaluable lessons to many persons who have grown into productive citizens operating in many careers including law, education, law enforcement, medicine and others.
“Summer camp has helped many of our preteens and teenagers to blossom socially and grow into wholesome young men and women,” he stressed. While highlighting the effort of the department’s staff to organize the event, Minister Phillip added that “each year, the camp maintains a standard of discipline, decorum and delight for our young people.”
“Campers you are the future of this nation and the world,” he said, during a recent engagement. “A sure foundation that is built in health and happiness we will offer to each of you [so] that when you are older, you will not depart from the principles of living a balanced, principled and purposeful life.”
This year’s Summer Residential Camp runs from July 13 to 27 under the theme Summer Camp 31: Securing Our Future with Creativity and Fun.
The investment by the Government in hosting this camp surpasses $200,000.00. A number of sponsors have contributed to this year’s event including Range Development, the St. Kitts Electricity Company Ltd., the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, Social Security, St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), NAGICO Insurance, LIME and the Solid Waste Management Corporation. A personal donation was also made by resident Omax Gardener.