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Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017. 10:59 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Green Reef, a marine conservation NGO, for the fourth consecutive year, will undertake a four week summer camp at Camp Basil Jones on North Ambergris Caye adjacent to the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.

The summer youth camp program aims to promote conservation and preservation of the Belize Barrier Reef and youth empowerment in Belize.

The camp is being spearheaded by Green Reef in collaboration with the San Pedro House of Culture (NICH), Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and the Department of Youth Services with financial support from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), Blackadore Caye Group, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and National Institute of Culture & History (NICH).

One hundred campers ages 8-12 from all over Belize will have the unique opportunity to participate in this fun-filled adventure and experience the thrill of a lifetime at a week-long summer camp.

Campers will pack their bags and head to a rustic beautiful beachside retreat, where they will indulge in over-the-top competitions inspired by classic camp games, learn about Belize’s marine natural resources and create unique art & crafts from sustainable materials.

  The primary level environmental education summer camp curriculum will entail a training course and lectures on the Conservation & threats to the Belize Barrier Reef. The environmental education curriculum will focus on the primary ecosystems of the coastal and marine environment, Belize’s marine protected areas and the world heritage site, reef fish identification, the life history of sea turtles and threats to coral reefs and marine life. The course will highlight its unique characteristics as well as ecosystem interdependence and the importance of human relationships with nature.

The program will deliver important science concepts to students who will gain a first-hand understanding of the marine ecology of Belize through hand-on learning activities. Students will have the unique opportunity to take educational field trips to the sea turtle nesting beach at Robles Point and visit the coral reef, littoral forest and mangrove ecosystems.

Campers will also participate in the following extra-curriculum activities: (i) Camping, (ii) Physical exercise, (iii) Personal administration courses on Leadership Skills, Personal Development and Entrepreneurship, (iv) Sports and water-base activities including football, beach volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, traditional camp games, story-telling and hiking, (v) Art & Crafts lessons, (vi) Campfire, (vii) Camp social/talent show, (viii) Crab race, (ix) Coconut husking, grating coconut & coconut oil production.

The project will give young people in rural communities and inner city youths an opportunity to experience and learn about Belize’s natural resources.

The summer camp represents a treasured opportunity that otherwise they would never have experienced. Hence, the camp provides a hands-on learning experience and a greater appreciation of the environment.  It is well received as a positive contribution toward engaging in and learning about our environment and marine resources.

Although Belize boasts having the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, for the majority of these youths this is their first time visiting a Caye or snorkeling on a coral reef.   Based on responses from previous summer campers this is a life-changing experience.

The Camps will be running from July 3rd to 7th, 10th to 14th, 24th to 28th and August 21st to 25th.


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