Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018. 4:00 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The first of its kind Chiquibul Junior Ranger Summer Camp is well underway at Las Cuevas Research Station in the Chiquibul Forest.
A total of 12 kids ranging from 10 to 12 years old are participating in the camp.
The Summer Camp began on August 28 and ends on August 31.
The young participants are from as far as Corozal, but the great majority are from the Cayo District.
The Chiquibul Junior Ranger Program is an outdoor learning program that encourages children to discover, learn and care about nature, the ecological process, beauty and importance of the Chiquibul Forest.
The Chiquibul Junior Rangers learn about the ranger profession, skills, job passion and teamwork.
The motto of the camp is ‘Discover, Learn, Care’ while the mascot is Scarlet, the Macaw. This bird was chosen since it is the symbol of a vibrant, colorful and lively forest.
The children left on Tuesday from San Ignacio on their way through a series of protected areas: Don Elijio Panti National Park, Mountain Pine Ridge and then into the Chiquibul Forest.
FCD’s Educator guided them through the landscape accompanied by a chaperone and First Aider.
At Las Cuevas they were greeted by the staff and began exploration; documenting their experiences on their field journal. The children learnt how to pitch their tents, walk in the forest and sleep in the wilderness.
Parents will join on the closing event tomorrow.
FCD will hand over certificates to the 12 Junior Rangers, award them with a badge and recognize them with their Chiquibul Junior Ranger t-shirts and caps.
FCD expects to run these courses annually for a dozen young boys and girls.
The course is run entirely by FCD instructors including the park manager, programs director, chief ranger, ranger medic and the environmental educator.
This program has been made possible through the financial support from the British High Commission Office in Belmopan with transportation made available by Belize Eco-Cultural Tours.
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