Written by Ros Syfret
Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) held a Sea Camp in partnership with the Haynes Library and One Eleuthera from the 13th to 17th August.
BREEF has been holding Summer Sea Camps on other islands for the last five years, but this was the first SeaCamp on Eleuthera. This year the program was funded by BREEF and completely free for Eleutheran children.
This year’s Sea Camp was designed to help kids develop an appreciation for the marine environment and its value to Eleuthera and The Bahamas. Snorkeling activities were developed with water safety concepts in mind whilst being exposed to the reef environment.
Approximately 25 kids took part in the camp, led by Allanah Vellacott who works for BREEF whilst studying Marine Biology at the College of the Bahamas. Haynes Library provided administrative support, Junior Camp Counselors, volunteers to make and serve lunch and a home base for the Sea Camp. Studies, games and activities took place at the library and after lunch campers went on field trips to nearby beaches. Sea Campers declared it was the best week ever!
Thanks to Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, Executive Director at BREEF for bringing this exciting activity to Eleuthera.