Drug council’s summer camp back on

The National Drug Council’s Fearless Factor Summer Camp for teens aged 13-17, originally set for 11 July, has been rescheduled to 15-19 August.

The camp, which combines fun activities with drug education, career advice and motivational seminars, is a joint project of the NDC and the Rotary clubs of Grand Cayman. Four of Cayman’s banks – Cayman National, Royal Bank, Butterfield Bank and ScotiaBank – have also signed on to support the project, said a press release from the NDC.

Each day’s programme will run from 8.30am to 4.30pm at the Family Life Centre off Walkers Road. Registration is now under way. Parents can register their children at all district offices of the Children and Family Services Department. These include:

George Town – Mirco Centre, contact Jasmine Powell at 946-0024;

Bodden Town – Bright Dayz Plaza, contact Debbie Ann Whittaker or Ms Leonora at 947-7144. The Bodden Town Office also serves the districts of East End and North Side;

West Bay – Old Sunrise Building (by John A. Cumber Primary School), contact Paulinda Young at 946-1950.

Parents can also register at the office of the National Housing and Development Trust at Elizabethan Square. Contact Catherine Tyson at 945-7649.

The registration fee is $25 per child.

The NDC encourages parents to register early as space is limited. Registration deadline is 29 July. The Council is also calling for volunteers to assist with the camp.

Fearless Factor Summer Camp, which plays on the popular TV show, Fear Factor, will include seminars on basic drug education, strategies to help young people develop visions and take actions for their lives; field trips around Grand Cayman; and Fearless Factor games. Much like Fear Factor, participants will be divided into teams and participate in a number of challenges including quizzes, fearless games and sports.

Points will be awarded to individual participants and teams, which will make them eligible for prizes at the end of the camp.

The NDC will conduct sessions on basic drug education to provide information on the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Youth co-ordinator James Myles, will lead field trips and sports challenges.

Renowned youth motivational speaker, educator and entertainer Ray Lozano from California will be a featured guest presenter. An educator, Mr. Lozano launched an after-school programme to promote a family-oriented, drug-free philosophy and has educated and entertained students in hundreds of middle and high schools throughout the US. He has already wooed youngsters in Cayman with his use of humour in drug education.

Local agencies and organisations involved in Fearless Factor include the Red Cross, which will conduct seminars on first aid and hurricane preparedness; Employment Services, which is providing camp staff as well as conducting workshops on preparing young people for the workplace; and the HIV/AIDS Foundation, which will conduct a workshop on HIV/AIDS.

The National Youth Commission will also participate with its Together We Can programme, as well as the Women’s Crisis Centre.

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