Mayor Bradley takes Gifts to Kids at CITCO Summer camp Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Camper receives giftsThe Belize City Council is once again hosting two summer camps in an effort to engage Belize City youths in positive activities during the summer vacation. Councilor Bernard Pitts is the coordinator of a camp that caters to teenagers and features mostly sporting activities while Councilor Alain Gonzalez is coordinating a camp for younger children that is based on more indoor activities. On Monday, July 29th, Mayor Darrell Bradley visited Councilor Gonzalez’s camp at the Skills Training Center on Magazine Road.

Gonzalez’s camp is being hosted under the theme “Shaping Young Minds Today for a Better Belize Tomorrow”. It opened on July 15th and will run until August 2nd. There are 75 children in camp this year, which is a significant increase over the 50 that attended last year. Gonzalez explains that each day the camp starts at 9 a.m. with a time of spiritual devotion. The children are then divided into groups and some take computer training while others participate in arts and craft sessions. Every other day, there are motivational guest speakers. Since camp started, the children have been visited by motivational speakers such as police officers, doctors, nurses, firefighters, traffic officers and even the Mayor of Belize City. On Mayor Bradley’s most recent visit on Monday, he did not reach empty handed. He took with him a school bag packed with school supplies and a basketball or football for each camper. Before he handed out the gifts, Mayor Bradley challenged the children to continue engaging in positive activities. He told them to “be the change you want to see in Belize”.

Most of the children attending the camp are returnees from last year. Last year, the City Council sent letters to different primary schools and requested that they recommend a couple students who would benefit most from the camp. The majority of them returned this year and the Council also included staff members’ children. The children seem to be really enjoying the camp. One child said, “I like being on the computer and doing arts and craft but my favourite part was going on the trip.” The trip he is referring to was a weekend trip to Bacab. Mayor Bradley says they try to include a field trip each week so the children can experience some of the fun attractions in Belize. The next trip is scheduled for August 2nd. It is a trip to Goff’s Caye courtesy of Oceana Belize and the children are eagerly anticipating the outing.
The Belize City Council wishes to thank all the corporate citizens that have contributed to the successful camps. Diamond International provided the school bags for the children and UNICEF provided the balls. Many other businesses contributed and made it possible for the Council to provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack to the campers. Councilor Gonzalez also expresses his gratitude for the use of the Magazine Road Skills Training Center.