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Belize Camping Experience works around COVID-19 with innovative summer camp strategy

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2020. 8:45 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Many of the social distancing restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place even after the state of emergency came to an end on June 30, and summer camps were not listed among the exemptions to that rule. But today, Belize Camping Experience, the faith-based organization known for its Harvest For Kids Initiative, unveiled its new summer camp video program as a way for parents, guardians, teachers and others involved in working with children, can deliver a fun summer camp experience while adhering to the social distancing guidelines.

Leah Perez, Children’s Program Coordinator BCE, said that the organization took the material that it had already prepared for its 2020 summer camps and created video resource material for those wishing to hold camps.

“What we’ve done is, the basic elements you find as a camp: the bible stories, the songs, the memory verse actions, we’ve made into videos. We used past volunteers from around the city and shot the videos in locations around Belize City so kids can recognize their own country,” Perez said. “It’s not meant to be something to distract the kids, you’re not gonna sit them in front of the TV for an hour. This is meant to connect with them and to help you learn how to engage with the children about spiritual and moral issues,” she added.

Alexander Perez, Director of BCE, said that the organization has been doing camps all over Belize City for years, but the problem brought on by the pandemic has created a solution that has enabled the BCE to make its camps available to the entire country and beyond. He noted that the pandemic has put the organization where it has to rethink all its initiatives going forward.

“I would encourage any organization, you cannot trust the projects that you’ve had,” Perez said. “We’ve gotta come up with new ways on how to raise support because the old ways are not moving forward.”

Those wanting to get copies of the videos can email [email protected] or call 614-3579. The organization is also offering hard copy of curriculum, for a cost, which will be used to fund the BCE’s work of working with at-risk youth in Belize City.


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