Brigadiers enjoy cultural camp

The Cayman Islands Girl Brigades enjoyed a full day of cultural activities at the Prospect Youth Centre recently.

Brigadiers island-wide came together for the day of celebration highlighting Cayman’s traditional culture combined with modern day activities.

Featured were a number of demonstrations and games that taught Brigadiers how to dance the maypole, cook local foods and entertain themselves with traditional games.

Jennelle McLaughlin, 17, from the senior Girl Brigades in West Bay, joined the organisation when she was 4. She said she enjoys the teaching of Christian standards.

Lauren Williams, 13, who joined the Brigades at age 7, said: “It gives me new opportunities to do things, to meet new friends and a chance to travel overseas to see new places and people. They find nice things for us to do in an atmosphere where we are surrounded by happy people.”

Aaliyah Johnson said it teaches and inspires her to be a Christian and to not put herself down. “I can be relaxed and excited at the same time while spending time with other girls in the unit.”

Youngsters learned about Caymanian heritage and culture from longtime member Olive Miller. Also, Janilee Clifford shared how various items were used in her younger days and how Caymanians prepared certain local dishes.

Meanwhile, the Swanky Band kept everyone in good spirits with folk songs of long ago. Band leader Samuel Rose got a few of the children to assist him with playing the drums while others danced.

He also gave a few quick lessons on his violin.

The group also learned traditional games from Betty Ebanks and maypole dances from Andrea Bothwell and Elizabeth Scholefield.