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Children Benefit from SDC Summer Camps – Jamaica Information Service

Community improvement necessitates a multifaceted method to advance the society, and its particular person members alike.

This worldwide greatest follow shouldn’t be misplaced on the Social Development Commission (SDC), as they aim the 7-17 years age group by way of their wholistic group summer season camps.

During the months of July and August, youth from roughly 170 districts in 40 communities islandwide have been engaged in 41 SDC summer season camps.

Facilitated in snug environments for studying and socializing, the SDC introduced beneficial data and studying alternatives on to the impressionable minds of the youthful era.

“The SDC’s summer camps were organized to engage participants in team building, sports, social and inter-personal and self-empowerment activities as well as enhance participants abilities to apply dispute and conflict management techniques,” Senior Programmes Coordinator on the SDC, Terrence Richards, informed JIS News.

In addition, the two,700 youth who participated benefitted from steerage in profession improvement decisions, vitamin, security and safety, social graces, communication abilities and emotional improvement.

The data was imparted by way of interactive classes with representatives from accomplice businesses together with authorities and non-government organisations, non-public sector entities and community-based teams.

The younger campers obtained sensible tips from the Jamaica Fire Brigade on the best way to be fireplace protected at house and at college, in addition to first-hand expertise becoming security gear utilized in firefighting.

Participants on the Chambers Pen Community Summer Camp in Hanover observe as camper, Orlando Douglas (proper), competes within the Jamaica Fire Brigade Bunker Gear Challenge. The Summer Camp is one of41 camps held by the Social Development Commission to have interaction youth 7-17 years previous in the course of the month of July and August 2022.


The contributors additionally benefitted from oral and different hygiene data from Health Departments and discovered the best way to apply battle resolutions methods from Restorative Justice Centres.

One completely satisfied camper from the Mandeville-based summer season camp, beamed with delight over her satisfaction with all she discovered throughout her time on the camp.

“I enjoyed this camp! I was not sure I would like it but, on the Wednesday, I was the earliest to arrive. I learned the importance of being respectful to everyone including myself. I learned how to set the dinner table and how to sit around it. I even created a vision board…I wasn’t sure what it was until the camp,” 15-year-old, Abigail Pink shared.

Social Development Commission (SDC) Community Development Officer, Shamara Cohen (proper), conducts a session on etiquette with contributors of the SDC Summer Camp held in Manchester. The SDC hosted Summer Camps in July and August of this yr to have interaction youth in academic and private improvement programmes.


Abigail mentioned the instructors and presenters have been pleasant and the knowledge shared was additionally pleasing.

The mother and father have been additionally not unnoticed, as many have been intently concerned within the implementation of the camps, by volunteering their providers and fascinating in classes on efficient parenting abilities.

This afforded mother and father the chance to see the results of the SDC summer season camps first-hand within the behaviour and mannerisms of their youngsters.

“This is the best thing that has ever happened to my daughter as she is not used to socializing with others and she has now become more sociable. I am looking forward to camp next time around,” mentioned mother or father, Tahira Archer, whose daughter participated within the camps in Westmoreland.

As a bonus, many of the camp actions concluded with back-to-school treats, the place wanted faculty provides have been offered to contributors.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, assured that the Commission will capitalise on the features made by way of the camps and see to it that they’re sustained.

“All youth engaged in the SDC summer camp 2022, will be monitored consistently by the SDC Officer Corp islandwide, to ensure that children are adapting to the skills learnt. This action will facilitate the SDC’s planning of phase two of this intervention project during the 2022 Christmas school break,” Dr. Vernon acknowledged.

The Social Development Commission is the principal group group working with Jamaica’s 775 communities to advertise the development of sport, social, cultural, and financial improvement for the folks of Jamaica.

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