Campers learn Cayman history

Youngsters attending Cayman Islands National Trust summer camp are learning to preserve natural environments and sites of historic significance.

National Trust Summer campers

National Trust Summer campers learn about Blue Iguanas. Photo: Submitted

The camp is about discovery and campers are participating in a wide variety of activities including snorkeling, exploring sea grass meadows, mangrove tours, learning about insects and nature, discovering endemic species of the Cayman Islands, and learning about recycling Cayman’s historic sites.

Campers went on a walking tour of Bodden Town, visited the Mission House and various churches and graves sites. Talks were held on stone-walls, step-wells and the fortification system of the island.

Campers also replicated an archaeological dig and made a model traditional Caymanian home decorated with a sand yard.

‘The group was smart and interactive and I found it very uplifting at the end of the day to hear them recount their action-packed day to their parents,’ said Denise Bodden, historic programmes manager for the National Trust.

The National Trust has scheduled two weeks of summer camps for children aged six to 11 years old.

The camps are built around the National Trust’s mission to preserve natural environments and sites of historic significance in the Cayman Islands.

The first camp ran from 14 July to 18 July with the second session scheduled for Monday, 4 August to Friday 8 August. The camp will run from 9am to 3pm each day and is $160 for National Trust members or $200 for non-members.

‘We had a great first week of camp. I think the kids really enjoyed the excursions. It was a great learning experience for the kids, whether it was snorkeling for the first time or learning about algae and jellyfish, everyone enjoyed themselves’, said Marnie Laing, education programmes manager for the National Trust.

There are a number of spaces still available for the National Trust’s August camp. To reserve a space or find out more about their summer programme please contact Janice on 949-0121 or email [email protected]

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