29th annual Renee and Ian Naismith Residential Summer Camp climaxes
By Drizel Hanley
Surrounding the theme ‘Minding our Business - Taking charge of our Future’ the 29th annual Renee and Ian Naismith Residential Summer Camp ended here Friday last (July 27th) at the Beach Allen Primary School in Taylor’s Village, Basseterre following a march through the streets of Basseterre which ended in the Independence Square with an exhibition mounted by the campers.
The camp, which lasted for two weeks, saw a total of two hundred and forty-eight (248) campers age 9-16 participating.
Six (6) students from the University of Taipei were on hand teaching the campers various skills, which included painting, mandarin, renewable energy and music.
Minister of Youth Empowerment, Hon. Glenn Phillip said the summer camp was based on developing the Federation’s youth ages 9 to 16 to well-rounded individuals in their own rights.
“We have seen the remarkable growth of this youth camp. The camp has touched the lives of many youth people. We boast the successes of many youth professionals; including lawyers, doctors, ambassadors, teachers, directors and more.
Camp coordinator, Geoffrey Hanley, stated that every year, since 1983, the Residential Camp has been creating a safe and fun summer camp to underprivileged children.
“The two-week camp was highly successful because of the number of children who attended”, he said.
“When I asked them about the various activities of the camp, I received nothing but positive feedback,” noted Mr. Hanley. “I could see the excitement in their eyes and their eagerness to learn about music and drumming,” he added.
He noted that preparations are already being made for the 30th Anniversary of the annual camp.