The focus for the Plae Summer Camp at the former Ocean Park at Balls, Christ Church is much more than the pronunciation of the name might suggest. Educating young minds about serious topics in today’s society takes centre stage.
The camp, with a role of 50 children, is mainly surrounded and themed by camp director Ayesha King’s series of books called the Zana Series, which talks about the importance of the environment.
King stated that she collaborated with Plae to do the summer camp and the group would be engaged in a lot of physical activity as well as learning about the environment.
“What we are doing is teaching the kids right now about fossil fuel and what it does, where it comes from, why we use them, how we use them and how it affects the environment… The book Zana Drives to Town speaks about this girl who keeps her car in bad condition and the carbon emissions create pollutants in the air. So for the younger kids what we have done is to read them the story; we let them act it out and basically reinforce the story and then tell them about it,” King stated.
She added she actually had conversations with the older campers, questioning their knowledge of fossil fuel.
“It is interesting that I have a mixture of schools here that a lot of them do know something about the environment but they do not know as much as they need to know to have a strong awareness of the changes we need to make, especially for air pollution, because we use fossil fuels every single day and with millions of dollars we are destroying the atmosphere. So far they have been very reflective and the interaction … has been very good,” King said.
During August, the camp director added, the focus will be on recycling and to cement their learning they will be visiting the Barbados National Oil Company as well as the Sustainable Recycling Centre.
The fun points of the camp will include a mini-golf tournament in the seventh week as well as Plae Mania which is held every Friday and represents a mini theme park of a train, jumping tents and water slides.
The camp, which caters to six to 12 year olds, took two months of planning, King said, adding she hoped to make it an annual event. (MR)