The Ministry of Youth’s Summer Youth Camp called “Creative Juices” was held at J.A. Pinder Primary School from July 16-20. The camp was offered to children aged four to 16 years old, and saw a record number of 44 attending the camp.
Principal Brenell Higgs was the camp coordinator and was assisted by a number of persons. On July 20 a closing ceremony was held and Khadijah Stuart served as the moderator.
After students gave the welcome address, Quanisha Thurston talked about her experience at the camp. Friends of the Environment’s Olivia Patterson was also involved with the camp, and throughout the week, the children created pencil holders from recycled cans, they used shells to make earrings and magic wands, and they also made wooden and paper boats, tie dyed shirts, flower centerpieces and baked cupcakes and buns.
A slide show presentation documented much of the activities that were offered and the unique crafts made by the participants. A short Bahamian dance was given by a few young women who referred to as the Camp Dancers.
During his remarks, Ishmael Stretch Morley spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Youth. He commended the campers for their display of our rich Bahamian heritage and was impressed by what the children had been able to accomplish in a week’s time. He said that although the camp had not been offered for several years, their intent is to offer it throughout the entire Abaco community.
“It is a program that is designed to keep the children off the streets, and that’s why we are pushing for the principals in each district to run the program because they are in charge of the schools and know people in the community,” Morley said.
He added: “I was on another island, and I did not hear any Bahamian music. It’s good to know that you are still instilling the value of our Bahamian heritage in our young people, so that when they grow up they wouldn’t forget it.”
Morley then questioned the children on what they had learned for the week, and they received prizes for their responses. Subsequently, a small group of children sang a song called “Creative Products” that was written by Brenell Higgs.
According to Higgs, it had been a challenging, but wonderful and exciting time.
“I was really impressed with the amount of work that you have done in such a short time,” Higgs reflected. “You stuck it out, you stayed with it, and I am certain it will always be a memory that will linger in your hearts.”
After Higg’s remarks, she called on Chief Councillor Stanley White to assist with the distribution of certificates to the camp participants.