The National Summer Camps Programme (NSCP)
The Division of Youth National Summer Camps programme will run from July 11 to August 12, 2016. The 2016 programme will feature 43 camps including seven specialised camps. Partnerships are again formed with the National Disabilities Unit and the National Council for Science and Technology for the facilitation of a special needs camp and science and technology camp for 6 to 11 year olds respectively.
As in previous years, the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) will coordinate Camp Enterprise, encouraging 13 to 17 year olds to explore entrepreneurship as a viable career option, while providing good analytical skills for life. Four specialised camps will be offered for 13 to 15 year olds with exciting programmes in digital media, sports, cultural arts and skills development.
The National Summer Camps Programme (NSCP) is one of the major mechanisms highlighted in the National Youth Policy of Barbados 2011 to address the expressed concerns about the future of young people and the need for positive investments at the front end in order to mitigate social and economic impacts in a post-modern society.
The NSCP has been successful in providing a focussed intervention within structured and secure environments for children between the ages of 4 and 15 years, thus reducing the amount of unsupervised free time and risk factors for misadventure during the summer holidays. In addition, the NSCP plays an important role in the social development of campers through its curriculum which prepares them for the ultimate roles of leadership and citizenship as pointed out in the National Youth Policy of Barbados 2011:
Henceforth, holiday camps will be further used to provide learning experiences for children and young people in those disciplines which have been earmarked for creating the new Barbados economy. Holiday camps will therefore specialize in giving young people opportunities to acquire life skills and technological skills, as well as to provide greater exposure to business enterprise, sports, the visual arts, the performing arts, the culinary arts, with emphasis on music, literature drama, dance, film and agriculture. (NYP 2011, p 54-55)