As six Barbadians currently participate in the Caribbean Award Sub-Regional Council’s annual camp, Barbados is preparing to host the event under the theme Journey to a Greener Barbados, next year.
Barbados is represented at the CASC annual camp being held in The Bahamas. The regional expedition organised by CASC has been held since 1980 and has become a regular opportunity for Barbadians to make friends across the region and test their personal camping skills.
The event is open to participants and adult leaders of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award across the Caribbean region.
A group of six Barbadians left the island last Friday to join with others in the programme from various Caribbean islands. The group is led by Kenrick Rogers, a member of the Barbados Expedition Panel.
The other group members are: Applon Parris, Robert Bourne, Jamila Bayne, Avianne Birkett and Zakiya Worrell. For each this is the first time exploring The Bahamas and they are all looking forward to the adventure.
Worrell will be completing her gold qualifying venture as she works towards earning the prestigious Gold Award. The others will be involved in training courses and assisting with the management of the camp as members of staff.
One of the highlights of the two-week camp will be a venture which includes sailing from Grand Bahama then onto Abaco and Eleuthera.
Approximately 100 persons will have the chance to visit the famous Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera and tour caves in the islands. The theme for the event is Blue Water Run and also includes a service project.
Deputy Governor General of The Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling welcomed the visitors to the country during the official opening ceremony at St. Johns College on Sunday. She noted the value of the programme in allowing young people the chance to enhance their lives particularly in light of increased levels of negative media about the youth.
Additionally, Dame Pindling pointed out that the programme allows young people the chance to shape their destinies as they engage in activities that they might otherwise have never experienced.
In addition to the camp, during the summer holiday the chairmen of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme in the different member countries of the CASC group will gather to have their annual general meeting. During that meeting various matters are discussed and information about the next year’s camp is presented.
Barbados will be the host country for the camp in 2013 under the theme Journey to a Greener Barbados. Carla Alleyne, Operations Manager for the award in Barbados presented details of the plans for 2013. This was very well received and already members are eager to come to Barbados next year.