4-H Enviromental Camp on Caye Caulker

Year: 2008
Country: Belize
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Environment
Project Investment: $1,344.00

Project Launch:

The 58 kids from 7 different communities who participated had huge amounts of fun and learnt new things about their homes and the environment. Most of the kids had never had the opportunity to visit the islands of their country and where thrilled by the unknown treasures of their homes. Many of the children became more dedicated to their clubs in their home communities due to want they had learnt. A few kids learnt to swim for the first time and all the youth had the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends with kids outside of their community. The camp will continue every summer for as long as they have the funds and will continue to make an impact on the lives of youth.  While most visitors to Belize come to enjoy the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, relatively few Belizeans have a chance to see the biggest attraction that country has to offer due to limited opportunities and finances. As tourism increase the need to protect the reef and Belize’s environment grows with it. This responsibility lands on the Belizeans them selves rather then the tourists who reap the benefits of the reef.

A summer camp is the ideal way to convey the importance of environmental conservation to the youth of Belize. The participating youth will learn and enjoy activities including kayaking, snorkeling, swimming lessons, beach scavenger hunts, making environmental bags, nature collages, and classes on the fragility of the environment. At least 58 kids will have the chance to participate in this camp to have fun and enjoy activities that have previously been out of their reach. Although the camp total will surpass the Kids to Kids Grant, the money will go towards camp supplies and activities and will help ensure that no camper has to pay a fee to take part in this valuable educational experience.

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