This month NCB Homes stepped forward to sponsor five children from the Department of Child and Family Services and the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme to attend the National Trust Summer Camp 2008.
The National Trust Summer Camp is a week-long ‘discovery’ programme for kids aged 6 to 11 years.
‘The programme is built around our mission to preserve the natural and built heritage of the Cayman Islands and the camp activities aim to incorporate these elements’, said Caroline Key, development and marketing manager of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. ‘Through hands-on activities and excursions the campers learnt about their environment and the important role that they play in preserving their surroundings’, she added.
The National Trust camp includes activities such as snorkeling, exploring sea grass beds and mangroves, touring National Trust historic sites and learning about insects, nature and species unique to the Cayman Islands. ‘As well as environmental and historical field trips, the campers also learnt about local traditions, traditional Caymanian homes and architecture’, said Marnie Laing, Education Programmes Manager of the National Trust.
‘This has been a great camp for kids to get involved with. We have had an excellent response with both camps filling up quickly’, said Miss Key.
‘For a number of children camps are a quintessential part of summer, but there are some kids that don’t always get the opportunity so I am very pleased to know that there are organisations, such as NCB Homes, who are willing to assist us in reaching as many children as possible’, she added.
‘My fondest memories as a child include time spent at vacation bible school and Camp Lillian Taylor. The experience helped mold me into who I am today. So I am so thankful to the Cayman Islands National Trust and NCB Homes for providing such an opportunity to a young person who is a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme. With so much going on in the world, it gives the child a chance to just be a kid. They’ll learn about the environment and our islands rich heritage as well as create lifelong memories’, said Heather Hopson, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member.
‘Summer is about being off school and having fun for many kids, but unfortunately this doesn’t apply to all; we at NCB Homes have recognized this, through the efforts of The National Trust and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as a result feel privileged to assist with this great opportunity’, commented Matthew Wight, Director of Operations & Sales, NCB Homes.