RESIDENTS’ SUMMER VACATION/SUMMER CAMPS
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In order to ensure that all residents have a break away from Foster Home living, we try to provide a summer vacation for the children at the Foster Home for 1-2 weeks in August and summer camps during the month of July.
The residents attended various summer camps this year including: football camp where residents honed their football skills and played in matches; horse camp in which participants had the chance to learn the proper care and grooming of horses and riding equipment, develop beginners riding skills and benefited from the therapeutic qualities of horseback riding; swimming camp where residents learned swimming techniques, swam competitively and played games; Girls’ Brigade Camp for residents enrolled in that organisation, whose activities included knot tying, cooking, hiking and visiting parliament; Youth Services Camp, a culinary camp for older children who learned basic sous chef skills, food hygiene, food service, attended a job expo, learned to write resume’s and filled out applications for jobs and the Camana Bay Sea Trek in which participants learned all about Marine flora and fauna, marine biology, created art work based on the underworld of the sea and the wildlife found there, and prepared sea food dishes including one made from lion fish.
Staff accompanied the children to a resort in Sunset Beach Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica for two weeks in August. The residents thoroughly enjoyed their stay at the resort and made good use of the pools and water slides. During their stay, they went on a number of excursions including to the “Aqua sol” amusement park in Montego Bay. Whist there, residents drove “go-carts”, played games and swam. They also visited “Dolphins Cove”, “Turtle Tower Beach” in Ocho Rios, craft markets in Montego Bay and the “Ben Dung” market in Falmouth Trelawney.
The diverse selection of camps and activities available over July and August enabled the children living at the NCVO’s Foster Home to have a summer break that was both fun and of value to their personal growth and development.