The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs (SYA) and officials of SYA toured Camp VYBE 2016 on Tuesday 26th July 2016. The purpose of the visit was to obtain a first-hand view of the camp facilities and work undertaken by participants of the youth camp hosted by the Ministry's Youth Division at the Basilon Street Youth Facility.
Addressing camp participants in an interactive session during his first visit to the youth facility, the Honourable Darryl Smith encouraged the campers to “exercise and learn but more importantly, to make friends and to have fun.”
The Minister also emphasized the significance of youth camps to the nation's development, noting that the skills obtained serve to bolster the nation's resilience in the face of emerging economic pressures. He said, “too often there is a tendency to place youth on the backburner. Oil and gas may generate revenue but our greatest resource is the young people we have here. They are the ones who will provide the innovation and ideas that will enable us to move away from an oil and gas economy.”
This year's Camp VYBE 2016 is being hosted at several sport and youth facilities and provides its participants with opportunities to gain knowledge on: recreational gardening, craft, sporting activities, as well as water and life safety. The camp is one of several youth initiatives of the Youth Division, designed to engender the qualities of citizenship, volunteerism and national pride within the nation's young people.
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