Several hundred children in Eleuthera this summer spent the month of July in the company of dedicated men and women of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), at five summer youth program camp locations spread across the islands.
At the opening ceremony, held within the Worker’s House Ballroom in Governor’s Harbour on Monday, July 3rd, delegations of children from all five of the Police summer camp locations converged in one large group to commence another summer program.
Children participating would be involved in wholesome daily activities, including lectures given by various community and civic leaders on pertinent topics – like health and wellbeing, dangerous drugs, and the role of police. They would also be treated to numerous field trips – including forays to different beaches, fire truck tours, and adventures with the new swimming pigs off St. Georges Cay.
Officer in Charge of the Eleuthera District, Supt. Christopher Wright, during his remarks at the opening ceremony, praised the sacrifice of the police officers who unselfishly give of their time to lead and facilitate at the different locations. He also encouraged the children who would be participating in the four week camp experience to enjoy it and to learn as much as they could from the activities that they would take part in.
W/Sgt. Mavis Knowles who has been a leader in the program for the past 18 years in South Eleuthera, served as facilitator at the South Eleuthera camp site located at the Rock Sound Primary School with her team of officers. R/Insp. Emily Petty headed up the Central Eleuthera camp site at the Governor’s Harbour Primary School. W/Sgt. Yvette Cash led the North Eleuthera camp at the North Eleuthera Primary School located in The Bluff. Harbour Island camp facilitator was W/Sgt. Tekenia Taylor along with her team at the Harbour Island Primary School, and for the third year since beginning the camp location in 2015, the RBPF hosted a camp location in Spanish Wells at the Samuel Guy Pinder All Age School, facilitated by W/Sgt. Nadia Brancaccio and her team.
Members of the executive team of RBPF Officers in attendance at the opening also included, Assistant Superintendent (ASP) James Miller based in Harbour Island; Inspector Kelsey Farquharson, also out of Harbour Island; ASP Nigel Rolle, based at Police Headquarters in Governor’s Harbour; Inspector Oldham, based in Rock Sound; Inspector Newbold, based at Police Headquarters; as well as ASP Lawrence Adderley from the North Eleuthera team.
On Friday, July 28th, four full weeks after the start, the Eleuthera Division of the 2017 Police Summer Camp Program officially closed out another successful summer of positively impacting youth across The Eleutheras. The campers got together from all over the islands once again, this time at the Globe Princess Theatre in Governor’s Harbour, where they were treated to a movie, eats, drinks and special gifts. Every camper received a gift bag from ALIV as well as gifts from Oasis of Love ministries pastored by Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Cambridge.
Superintendent Wright celebrated another great summer closing, commenting, “It was a fun filled day and a joy to see the smiles on the kid’s faces. To God be the glory for the things he has done.”