The Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Abaco Division is hosting its Police Summer Camp 2018, and commenced with a soft opening ceremony on Monday, June 25, at Friendship Tabernacle, under the theme: “Igniting the Dreams of our Children.”
The camp itself began on June 26 and will run a course of six weeks in total with campers either attending the Central Abaco Camp at Patrick J. Bethel High School in Murphy Town, or S.C. Bootle High School in Cooper’s Town for the North Abaco Camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The camp is open to children between the ages of 5 to 16 years.
During the opening ceremony, W/Sgt. 2439 Claudia Butler served as moderator.
Following the opening prayer, National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, Sgt. Butler welcomed all in attendance, and gave special acknowledgement to the police officers seated in the front row.
Following introductions, the campers joined Sgt. Butler in singing “I Am a Promise” before the Scripture reading was given by Sahara Brown.
Kiara McIntosh, who attends the North Abaco Police Summer Camp, shared a reflection based on her time of attending camp with this year being her fourth year. She told how the officers involved with the camp have made a difference in her life, as well as the guest speakers who visit and speak with them. She drew a round of laughter from the audience when she mentioned how delicious the food tasted that was prepared for them.
Meanwhile, Tanesha Gelin of the Central Abaco Camp, spoke about her expectations for camp this year. She also boasted about the good food provided at camp, but most importantly, the ethics and principles instilled in them by the officers.
Other highlights for Tanesha have been the morning devotionals and exercise sessions, as well as arts and crafts activities, and helping to prepare meals.
Chief Supt. Kevin Mortimer brought brief remarks. He said attending the ceremony reminded him of his days of attending summer camps. Because of the wisdom of his camp instructors, Supt. Mortimer said it led him to take the right path. He encouraged the campers to make this year a fun camp, and to enjoy the fun crafts and field trips they will participate in.
“As children you are here to learn, but in order to learn, you have to listen, and in order to listen, you have to be attentive,” he advised.
He introduced Sgt. Cloyd Leary Jr. and W/Corporal Pamela Russell as the immediate supervisors for the Central Abaco Camp. W/Corp. Pauline Cox will serve as a supervisor in the North Abaco Camp.
Supt., Mortimer also commended Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Annmarie Neely for her “hard work, time and effort, leadership ability and skills, fortitude and determination” in organizing the camp this year.
“To the parents, thank you for loaning us your children. Let’s see if we can go the full six weeks, and I wish you every success – free from injury, harm and danger,” Supt. Mortimer concluded.
ASP Neely gave the Vote of Thanks highlighting Commonwealth Bank, Scotiabank Ltd., Maxwell’s Supermarket, KFC, BTC and K & S Service Station as camp sponsors as well as host pastor, Silbert Mills, for the use of the church building in his absence.
Sgt. Butler closed out the ceremony with the benediction. Light refreshments were served to those in attendance afterward.