When PROJECT S.O.F.T (Safeguarding Our Future Today), the National Council on Substance Abuse’s?? (NCSA) annual one-week residential camp gets under way, 40 children will get the opportunity to benefit from valuable skills and life lessons.

The summer programme, which will be held at the Marian Retreat House, Verdun, St. John, from August 20 to 26, will target young people who recently completed the Common Entrance Examination.

According to Community Programme Officer at the NCSA, Makeada Greenidge, the camp now in its 11th year, is designed to prepare the children for entry into secondary school by discussing the multiple life challenges that will confront them.

"This year, the theme is You! Me! We Choose to Make Barbados Drug-Free, and we want to address such issues as: conflict resolution; anger management; self-esteem building and substance abuse; as well as hygiene and daily life skills," she explained.

The deadline for registration is Friday, July 27, and further information may be obtained from the NCSA at telephone number 429-6272, or by emailing mgreenidge@ncsa.org.bb????

theresa.blackman@barbados.gov.bb

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