Get Ready, 2019 Eco-Kids - The Fun (Education) Is About To Begin!

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Chaa Creek Eco Kids Summer Camp 2019 About to Begin

This year’s winners for Chaa Creek’s 2019 Eco-Kids Environmental Education Summer Camp have been selected

Once again this year, twenty-four young Belizean students are set to embark on the learning adventure of a lifetime, thanks to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Eco-Kids Environmental Educational Summer Camp.

Officially known as the Eco-Kids Environmental and Cultural Exchange Camp, the annual weeklong summer camp gives 24 young Belizeans between the ages of nine and twelve a unique educational experience that combines hands-on learning with healthy outdoor fun in a pristine rainforest setting.

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And the best part? It’s free!

To become an Eco-Kid, students from all over Belize submitted a 300-word essay on why they want to become an Eco-Kid. Applications closed June 1, and essays were shortlisted by Chaa Creek’s Scholarship Committee, with the finalists entered into a draw from which the 24 lucky winners were selected.

Now, beginning on the 14th of July through July 21st, 2019, the Eco-Kids will enjoy a week full of activities that include guided horseback and hiking expeditions through Chaa Creek’s 400-acre nature reserve to study Belize’s flora and fauna, Maya medicinal plants and ancient Maya archaeological sites, Eco-Kids coordinator Denise Duran explained.

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“They’ll learn about recycling and sustainable organic farming at our traditional Maya organic farm, how to identify plants, birds and wildlife, and how the ancient Maya thrived in the jungles of Belize and made huge advances in science, maths, medicine and astronomy. They’ll also learn about the other ethnic groups that make Belize such a harmonious melting pot.

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“It gives them a real appreciation for Belize’s natural and cultural environments.

“The Camp also fosters creativity, confidence, responsibility and teamwork, with song writing sessions, talent shows, and things like supervised water games,” Denise explained.

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The Eco-Kids Camp is completely free - sponsored by Chaa Creek founding owners Mick and Lucy Fleming, who call it an “investment in the future”.

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Chaa Creek provides lodging in the Macal River Camp’s bungalow style casitas, three healthy meals and snacks daily, arts and crafts materials, tee shirts, and 24-hour supervision by camp counsellors, with all educational activities and guided tours conducted by licensed naturalist guides.

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Lucy Fleming, a former teacher, developed the Eco-Kids concept and started the first Camp in 2001, saying at the time that “Instilling a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world in young people, while giving them the skills and confidence to protect it, is the best way to prepare for the environmental challenges of the future.”

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That statement still holds true today, she says.

“It’s more important than ever to foster a love of the environment, and a commitment towards protecting it, in tomorrow’s citizens and leaders.

“Belize has become known as a model for sustainable development, and continuing that is something worth nurturing in our young people.

“And, to be honest, the Eco-Kids summer camp is something Mick, Bryony and I, as well as our staff, councillors and guides, really look forward to each year.

“We probably get as much of a kick out of it as the kids do,” Lucy said.

This Year’s 2019 Eco-Kids Winners Are:

Delsia ChocoBig Falls RCToledo
Peter AlemanBig Falls RCToledo
Daniel RimoloSt. John's MemorialStann Creek
James LesliePeninsula International AcademyStann Creek
Liston VernonHoly Ghost RC SchoolStann Creek
Alexandra ZavalaHope Creek MethodistStann Creek
Kerilee GordonSilk Grass Methodist SchoolStann Creek
Michelle CunilHoly Ghost RC SchoolStann Creek
Jarvin VelasquezSan Pedro RC SchoolBelize
Jevaughn NunezHoly Redeemer SchoolBelize
Adair BacabSan Pedro RC SchoolBelize
Angelique CastellanosSan Pedro RC SchoolBelize
Miriam MestreNazarene SchoolBelize
Jaile EstellHoly Redeemer SchoolBelize
Gaspar LunaLouisiana Government SchoolOrange Walk
Zeyad GodoyLouisiana Government SchoolOrange Walk
Yadrianny BlancoCompassion SchoolOrange Walk
Angeline TuyudYo Creek SchoolOrange Walk
Nhissah MonsantoSacred Heart PrimaryCayo
Karin GuerreroBishop Martin RC SchoolCayo
Astrid MacielShepherd's AcademyCayo
Sean BranBishop Martin RC SchoolCayo
Levi EmmonsHome School in SuccotzCayo
Jayden GentleBishop Martin RC SchoolCayo

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One comment on “Get Ready, 2019 Eco-Kids - The Fun (Education) Is About To Begin!”

  1. Kudos to the Fleming Family and Chaa Creek for once again giving 24 young Belizeans such a great opportunity, and for making a solid contribution to Belize's - and the planet's - future.