Fun-filled memories from MoBay Marine Park summer camp
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The Montego Bay Marine Park hosted the closing session for its second annual summer camp with a fun day and prize-giving ceremony at Cornwall Beach, Montego Bay, on Monday, August 4.
Joshua Bailey, outreach officer of the Montego Bay Marine Park, said the camp was held over a four-week period in the month of July with children ranging from 8-16 years.
"We reached out to children's homes - SOS Children's Village, Robin's Nest Children's Village - fisherfolk from Whitehouse and River Bay Fishing Village. In total, we engaged 115 children, ages ranging from 8-16 years, in activities that raised their environmental awareness," Bailey said.
He indicated that presentations were held at the Sunset Beach Resort, and the children were given swimming classes hosted by the Blue Marlin Swim Club. In addition, weekly beach clean-ups were undertaken at the Old Hospital Beach, as well as environmental marches along the Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay).
Each student was given a certificate of participation and medals. The top four campers each received a one-year swimming scholarship from the Blue Marlin Swim Club.
The fun day entailed games, including beach volleyball and beach football, and swimming, with lunch and refreshment provided by Caribbean Producers Jamaica, Regal Bakery and Sunset Beach Resort, who were the title sponsors for the camp.
Interns from the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology acted as camp counsellors, while volunteers from Tourism Product Development Company assisted in implementing the programmes.