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MYSC sets up satellite locations for summer camp

  • A number of schools and community parks will be used as satellite locations for summer youth programs. Inset is Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 01, 2013

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A number of schools and community parks will be used by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture as satellite locations for their annual summer youth program.

The Queen Elizabeth’s Sports Centre will still be the hub for the camp that runs from July 1- July 6. In the space of the one-month, campers will take part in sports, cultural and educational programs. The diverse program will also be held in the Family Islands.

“This program is unique and varies from the standard summer program as it not only offers the opportunity for employment to some of our youth, but also provides wholesome activities for children through its youth, sports and culture camps,” said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson. “Camps will be held throughout New Providence and the Family Islands from July 1 and, unlike many of the private camps offered during the summer, there will be no tuition on registration fees.

“The camps, designed by the sports department, are intended to provide recreation to the participants through a rich diversity of physical activities. The predominant venue of the sports program is the Queen Elizabeth’s Sports Center and the Balliou Hills Sporting Complex. These camps will be complimented by approved satellite camps dispersed throughout New Providence.”

The sporting programs being offered includes baseball swimming, cycling, softball, basketball, track and field, volleyball, soccer, boxing, lawn tennis, karate, golf and cheerleading/gymnastics. The satellite parks are Bacardi Road Park, Christie Park, Pinewood Park, Mason’s Addition Park and the Kemp Road Park.

Jeff Rodgers will head the basketball program. He is working closely with Oria Woods, coordinator of the sporting division.

Johnson said: “I should point out that Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camps will not only focus on basketball, but will also give attention to the physical, spiritual and mental development of the campers. It will also teach them life skills, which will include conflict resolutions and the fostering of positive self-esteem.

“Some of the coaches and renowned NBA players to participate in this year’s camp include Michael ‘Sweet Bells’ Thompson and his son Clay Thompson, who is a starter with the Golden State Warriors. Tyronne ‘Muggys’ Bogues, coach Byron Scott, Kyrie Irvin Jr., and Wali Jones an executive of the Miami Heat who is also a representative of Nike Sports. This group will be supplemented by two international college coaches.”

On the cultural end, campers will be introduced to the artisan crafting, music, science, beauty and barbering, food, rake n’ scrape and multi media arts. All persons participating in the youth segment will grow a personal herb garden, learn money management, crafting, first aid and safety, as well as conflict resolutions. These two programs will be spread around nine schools inclusive of Columbus Primary, Uriah McPhee, Albury Sayle Primary, T.A. Thompson, R.M. Bailey, Palmdale Primary, Garvin Tynes Primary, Doris Johnson High and Carlton Francis Primary.



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