By: Aadil Nu’man, 8 years old

The following is a submission of one of our applicants to this year’s Chaa Creek Eco Kids Summer Camp.

Officially known as the Children’s Summer Camp Scholarship Program, the annual event gives 24 young Belizeans between the ages of 8 and 13 a chance to learn about their natural world through a mix of adventure, social interaction, fun and hands-on education aimed at instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility for the environment.

The Eco Kids are selected after submitting a 300 word written essay which is reviewed and shortlisted by the Chaa Creek scholarship committee with the winners going on to attend the summer camp.

Chaa Creek will be providing all lodging, three healthy meals and snacks each day, structured educational activities, arts and craft materials, tee shirts, 24-hour camp counselor supervision, and guided tours conducted by licensed naturalist guides.

Good luck potential Eco Kids!


Eco Kids Summer Camp Belize

My name is Aadil Nu ‘Man I am 8 years old. I am a standard II student at Grace Primary School. Let me tell you how I am ECO FRIENDLY.

Everyday I try to recycle, reuse, and reduce. Early in the morning I wake up, eat my breakfast.   Any left over food scraps like orange peels, vegetables, tea bags egg shells and rice I put it in a container. In the evening I take it out in the corner of my back yard and use it to fertilize my plants. When I get new clothes and toys I put one of my toys or clothes that I am not using in a bag. All our family members do this so when we have a lot we have a yard sale. If any is left then we give to the less fortunate neighbors and friends. When we come out of our rooms for a little while I turn of my lights instead of wasting electricity and letting the electricity bill come high. Sometimes my sister leaves her light on and I still go and out it. Another way I try to reduce is by turning off the pipe when I am brushing my teeth and when I am soaping up at bath time. When we go to the market we reduce carbon by first going on our bikes instead of taking the bus then we take our own cloth bags to put our vegetables in. When we take our own bags we reduce the amount of plastic bags being used. At school they have a recycling bin and so I collect plastic bottles and glass bottles and while I’m cleaning the environment by reducing. I am also recycling and also gaining points for my group at school. Sometimes I also reuse my juice bottle to put in water instead of buying water and using up a lot of plastic bottles. All my brothers papers that he uses at school, once he doesn’t need it I take them to do rough work or to draw on and that is another way how I reduce on paper and I found out that I save trees by doing this.  If I can tell other people to do this we can save our earth because the more we don’t use the 3r’s there will be more earthquakes hurricanes, sickness, starving and flooding. There will be nothing left on the earth for the children in the future and that makes me really sad. I pray that I can go on this trip to learn more about the environment and how we can encourage others to try and save the Earth before its too late.

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