By: Vivica Jakeway, 12 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!
Clean and Green
I am so glad I heard about the Eco Kids Summer Camp Program because it is important that we, the younger generation protect and preserve our environment. As a 12 year old girl, I learn in school that our beautiful Belize is full of natural resources and we should keep it clean – we should pick up trash when we see it, clean our yards, as well as our community for it to look pristine and charming.
There are many ways how we all can keep our community clean and green. For example we can practice the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle, get together with friends and have a river clean up, and when going to the store take your own bag don’t bring back plastic to your home.
If I get the opportunity to be a part of this Eco- kid camp program I can learn more about how to keep our little Belize clean and green.
When talking about the environment a lot of things come in my mind, like the trees, the wild animals, the rivers, the oceans, us humans and the whole wide world.
I believe that this summer camp is very important and is a great opportunity to learn about how to protect our environment and I also believe that everyone should make small organizations such as our organization called the Bullet Tree Environmental club.
The Bullet Tree Environment Club make rules with the Village Council such as no littering in the river, no killing of birds and other creatures that are endangered in the village of Bullet Tree Falls. As a young teen I can see that we the younger generation can learn and encourage everyone to join in a movement to protect Mother Earth.
Being part of this Eco- kid program can teach me more about how to protect the environment and we should educate each other on how to protect and conserve our planet as well, because earth is full of marvelous creatures, exotic natural creations and we humans should learn how to appreciate it how to keep it clean and green.
I will be happy if I get accepted to the Eco-kid camp program and I am committed to make a difference in our Belizean society.