After a week of team building and learning valuable life skills, 39 campers who are about to enter secondary school are set to graduate from the National Council on Substance Abuse???s (NCSA) annual PROJECT S.O.F.T (Safeguarding Our Future Today) summer programme this Saturday, September 7, at the Church of the Nazarene, Bank Hall, St. Michael, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The one-week residential camp, which was held at the Marian Retreat House, Verdun, St. John, from August 26 to September 1, targeted children who recently completed the Common Entrance Examination.

According to NCSA Community Programme Officer, Makeada Greenidge, the camp, now in its 12th year, was a ???tremendous success??? as it was designed to prepare children for entry into secondary school by discussing the multiple life challenges that will confront them, in an open and frank manner.

???This year, the theme was Healthy Youth???Healthy Community???Healthy Workforce, and the reason we chose this was that each is linked to the other. In order for our young people to be productive they must be mentally and physically healthy, so that they can, in turn, become healthy members of their communities which would lead to a healthy and productive workforce,??? she explained.

During the retreat campers also focused on topics such as conflict resolution; anger management; self-esteem building and substance abuse, as well as hygiene and daily life skills.??

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