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After much deliberation and consultation, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment will host its annual National Summer Camp Programme (NSCP), starting Monday, August 24.

Last month, the Ministry had announced that there would be no summer camps this year. 

Minister Dwight Sutherland, in explaining why the decision was reversed, stated: “Over the years, the NSCP has yielded significant benefits, such as providing an opportunity for training young people in counselling, and activities management, thereby building the capacities of young people at the community level.

“The camp also provides a safe, enjoyable, exciting and learning experience for all campers and it gives them the opportunity to acquire new skills through activity involvement, so the Government of Barbados decided it was necessary to continue to build out and empower the country’s youth.”

The three-week camp, which will be held at 23 community venues across Barbados, will be adhering to the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, and as a result, will only be catering to 500 young people. Given the adherence to the strict COVID-19 protocols, accommodation will be based on the size of each venue.

The NSCP will join other activities for youth being offered by Government. These are: the Community Development Department’s ‘ITs for Teens’ Computer Technology online summer programme, the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme’s two-week Summer Enterprise Experience programme – an interactive introduction to entrepreneurship, the Next Steps Training Initiative Community Arts Programme and the collaboration with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy in its ‘Swim for Life’ programme through the National Sports Council.

Registration forms for the NSCP are available from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, the below listed community camp venues, or online at www.youthaffairs.gov.bb

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment remains committed to creating a dynamic and safe environment to engage Barbadian youth in a range of targeted summer activities.

For more information, persons may call 535-3835

Ministry of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment’s National Summer Camps Programmes2020 Venues

Clapham Community CentreSt. Michael
Bush Hall Resource CentreSt. Michael
Golden Rock Resource CentreSt. Michael
Bayville Community CentreSt. Michael
Ivy Community CentreSt. Michael
Emmerton Community CentreSt. Michael
Bonnetts Resource CentreSt. Michael
Baywoods Community CentreSt. James
St. Elizabeth Community Centre & PavilionSt. Joseph
Weston Community CentreSt. James
Sion Hill Community CentreSt. James
Desmond Haynes PavilionSt. James
Haynesville Police OutpostSt. James
Good Shepherd ChurchSt. James
Ellerton Community CentreSt. George
Speightstown Pavilion & Resource CentreSt. Peter
Content PavilionSt. Thomas
Hill House Community CentreSt. Thomas
Checker Hall PavilionSt. Lucy
Chesterfield Brewster CentreChrist Church
St. Christopher Resource CentreChrist Church
Gall Hill Community CentreSt. John
Princess Margaret SchoolSt. Philip


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