Over 400 Children at Gaspar Vega Summer Camp Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:00

Participants in the Gaspar Vega Summer CampThe 7th annual Hon. Gaspar Vega Summer Camp concluded on Friday, August 4th, in San Jose Village. The first camp was held 8 years ago for primary school aged children 5-13 years old in the Trial Farm area. Christopher Hendricks, Camp Coordinator, said that a little over fifty youths participated in the first camp and funding was low. He remembers presenting the participants with certificates made on typing sheets. Due to low financial support again, there was no camp in 2005. In 2006, Hendrics approached Hon. Gaspar Vega and shared his idea for the summer camp. Deputy Prime Minister Vega assisted financially and the camp was reborn, this time with 65 participants. The camp grew slightly the following years and in 2009, the Hon. Gaspar Vega decided to extend the camp to the entire division. There were over 300 participants that year. Now, the camp has attracted many more youths and sponsors.

The Gaspar Vega Summer Camp is now divided into four different zones to incorporate all the villages of Orange Walk North. The camps started on July 23rd and on Friday, August 4th, children from all four zones converged for a massive closing ceremony. Over 400 children attended and children from each zone made presentations on what they learned at camp. The camp was originally and remains primarily a sport camp. However, there is also great emphasis on moral and spiritual development. A spiritual devotion is the first thing on the agenda each day. Participants fellowship in a time of singing and Bible study. In the afternoon, they receive lessons in different sporting disciplines from top local athletes and coaches.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belize and Area Representative for Orange Walk North, Hon. Gaspar Vega, looks forward to camp every year. His children also attend the camp. He enjoys the artistic presentations that are done on the last day of camp each year. Vega’s message to the children has remained constant over the years. He encouraged them to hold on to the relationships that they build in camp. He also challenged them to remember the lessons from their daily devotion and use them in their lives. At the end of the ceremony, the children were presented with certificates of participation and each received back to school supplies.

Coordinators of the camp wish to thank the Embassy of China (Taiwan), Belize Telemedia Limited, the Belize Tourism Board, the Social security Board, the Belize electricity Limited and the Hon. Gaspar Vega for their kind contributions.