ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Citizens Welfare Division is giving institutionalised and non-institutionalised youths an opportunity to learn more about Antiguan culture, and improve interpersonal skills at a summer probation camp.
Spearheaded by staff in the Ministry of Social Transformation, the camp is geared towards young men and women from the Boys’ Training School, the Sunshine Home for Girls and other troubled youths who are not institutionalised.
The camp’s activities are being held at the New Winthorpes Primary School and will conclude July 27.
In existence since 1997, the camp focuses on personal value and character building, positive sense of self–worth and usefulness, developing caring and nurturing relationships with parents, adults and peers and how to use one’s time creatively and productively and improve social skills.
“…Camp is more than just a place to have fun. It offers participants the opportunity to be involved in physically and intellectually challenging activities, and introduces new and rewarding experiences while cultivating supportive and caring relationships, ” Cicely Phillip, permanent secretary within the Ministry of Social Transformation, said.
Despite economic challenges, the probation summer camp continues to present youths with an opportunity to improve themselves, assured Chief Welfare Officer, Cindy Price.
“We have seen many changes to the camp over the years. The number of campers has decreased, the camp duration has also shortened and the money available to fund the camp has also mirrored the realities of the day. However, we press on…our staff and assistants have been dedicated,” she said.
This year the camp welcomed 14 new participants.