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Campers with instructors and representatives from the Abaco Urban Renewal team.

Campers Gain Wealth of Knowledge at RBPF Police Summer Camp

Under the theme: “Igniting the Dreams of our Children,” the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Abaco Division hosted its 4th Annual Police Summer Camp 2018 at Patrick J. Bethel High School and S.C. Bootle High School from June 26 to July 20 for children ages five to 16 years old.

Organized this year by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Annmarie Neely, the camp was facilitated by W/Sgt. 2439 Claudia Butler, Sgt. Cloyd Leary Jr. and W/Corporal 3016 Pamela Russell as the immediate supervisors for the Central Abaco Camp. W/Corp. Pauline Cox served as the supervisor at the North Abaco Camp.

Campers were instructed to learn the camp’s prayer and charge along with the words to the

Preamble of the Constitution of The Bahamas. Each camper was given a free camp T-shirt as well.

Presentations at the Central Abaco Camp began on June 27 with Chief Supt. Kevin Mortimer, who visited the camp to give a pep talk to the campers. Nutritionist Shanishka Cambridge gave a presentation on healthy eating, and Don Albury from Man-O-War Cay did a boat building presentation.

That Friday, campers enjoyed a movie day and were treated to popcorn, hot dogs and ice cream.

Throughout the police camp, W/Sgt. 2439 Claudia Butler and W/Cpl Pamela Russell prepared lunch for all of the campers.

On July 2, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Leading Mechanic Bowe visited the camp to offer a presentation on marine training and regulations.  He also addressed the responsibilities and duties of Defence Force officers. There was also a presentation by Grade 1 Immigration Officer Russell, who addressed the campers on immigration procedures.

The following day, Sarone Kennedy did a Bahamas Red Cross presentation, and BTC representatives stopped by to donate water bottles to campers attending the police camp.

On July 4, D/Cpl 3498 Dean gave a presentation on the different types of music that exist.  Meanwhile, Vincent Coakley representing the Rotary Club of Abaco donated cases of water and juice, which were accepted by Sgt. 2439 Butler and W/Cpl 3016 Russell.

The campers had the opportunity to listen to ASP Neely’s presentation on hygiene on July 9, and Margo Dean and Charlotte Swann from the Pilot Club of Abaco prepared lunch for the campers.

As the police camp began to wind down, Chief Customs Officer Dorsett and Grade 2 Officer Anderson of the Bahamas Customs Department gave a presentation on the Customs Management Act at camp on July 16. The next day, W/PC 3492 Dean of the Road Traffic Division gave a presentation on traffic regulations and safety tips.

On July 18, the campers cleaned up around the camp site at Patrick J. Bethel High School.

ASP Neely expressed sincere thanks to the sponsors who made the four weeks of police camp a success. Sponsors were: Commonwealth Bank; Maxwell’s Supermarket; BTC, KFC, K & S Service Station; Rotary Club of Abaco; Pilot Club of Abaco; Kemp’s Maid Service; Shawny’s Restaurant; Abaco Groceries; Lovely’s Delight; and the Abaco Urban Renewal team as well as all other sponsors not named.

“Our extended thanks goes to our presenters, facilitators, camp volunteers, school principals, and those who extended a helping hand in some way including the summer students.

“To you the parents and guardians, our sincere thanks for lending us your children for the past four weeks, we are indeed grateful. With the assistance of many of the presenters, we are assured that our campers gained a wealth of knowledge, and have great stories to tell upon returning to school in September 2018.

“To you, our happy campers, cheers to you,” she concluded.

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About Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

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