NDC plans camp

For the third year running the National Drug Council will host its popular Fearless Factor summer camp to provide drug education and a host of interactive activities for young people.


Some campers at a tour of the fish farm at Lower Valley. Photo: Submitted

The camp, which will be held from Thursday, 9 August to Monday, 13 August, is expected to accommodate some 100 young persons aged 12-17 years.

This year’s camp is focused on leadership, with the goal of providing leadership training for participants and to unearth and support budding leaders. Participants who gave good accounts of themselves in the camps held in 2005 and 2006 will be assigned as team leaders and facilitators for this year’s camp. These junior leaders will anchor focus groups on youth issues.

‘There has been overwhelming demand for Fearless Factor camp again this year and the NDC is pleased to present this as part of our community and educational outreach,’ said Simon Miller, Acting CEO. ‘We have made this affordable for the participants and have created a full programme of presentations and activities that we believe will be quite useful to those who take part,’ he added.

Cost for the camp is $25 per person, but Mr. Miller noted that NDC has received expressions of interest from people who attended the camp in previous years, who are expected to make up roughly half the number of campers. Registration closes on Tuesday, 31 July and interested persons are urged to register and pay early as space is limited.

Camp directors will be Greg Miller and Sylvia Wilks, who will be assisted by Samantha McLaughlin. Last year’s camp director, James Myles, of the Youth Services Unit, is working with the new directors in an advisory capacity. Persons selected as junior and senior camp leaders and staff will be involved in a three-day training session prior to the start of the camp.

Looking forward to her role, Ms. Wilks noted that the camp will not be an activity to baby sit participants, but instead an opportunity for teenagers to develop themselves as role models, to learn how to work as a team and to learn something new in a wholesome and fun environment.

On Grand Cayman, Fearless Factor camp will include several drug education sessions, leadership workshops, sessions on teen dating, public speaking, communication and goal setting.

The NDC has also incorporated presentations from other agencies, including the Education Department, the Employment Assistance Programme and the Red Cross. Campers will also be addressed by leading community figures including National Hero Ms Sybil McLaughlin, Will Jackson and Rupert McCoy.

Campers will be divided into four or five teams and will compete for points in the many activities over the six days. Participants will debate a topical issue and will also be expected to keep a journal of what they learn throughout the camp, for which they will be awarded points. The camp closes with a church service, beach barbeque and prize-giving ceremony.

Fearless Factor camp will also involve participants on Cayman Brac. On Saturday, 11th August some camp participants will journey to the Brac to share the experience with young people on the Sister Island. Activities on the Brac will include showing of the movie, An Inconvenient Truth, which depicts former US Vice President Al Gore’s crusade against global warming.


Parents and teens interested in further information about this year’s Fearless Factor summer camp should contact the NDC at 949-9000.

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