Today (Monday August 5) marks the official start to Camp Camilla 2019, a unique American-style Summer Camp based at Lagan College, Belfast.
The camp aims to bring together young people from all beliefs and backgrounds, building an environment where they will broaden their experiences and grow in confidence in the hope that this will help them on their journey towards becoming future leaders.
Now in its fifth year, Camp Camilla will be bringing 223 young people from schools across the province together for this unique experience which is organised by an enthusiastic and dedicated team from the USA and Northern Ireland. The campers will enjoy a diverse range of fun activities including basketball, culinary arts, dance, tennis, craft design and technology, digital art and football.
Amanda McNamee, Principal of Lagan College welcomed 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominees Paul Caskey, Head of Campaign and Brian Small, Fundraising Manager from the Integrated Education Fund back to Camp Camilla. Paul and Brian have been involved with the camp from its inception and it is through their hard work and support that the camp has grown from its modest start with 45 young people into what it has become today.
Olwen Griffith, NI Executive Producer of Camp Camilla said: “Camp Camilla is thrilled to be returning for our fifth year in partnership with Lagan Collage. This year the camp is bigger than ever and we look forward to forging relationships with our American friends and facilitating opportunities for our young people to grow through a diverse range of activities”.
Amanda McNamee said: “Lagan College welcomes Camp Camilla again, we look forward to a fulfilled week of activities, friendships and fond memories being created.
The camp runs all this week until August 9 at the Lisnabreeny campus of Lagan College and is for young people aged between 10-14.
Image: Camp director Jennifer Giles collecting the young people for the Dance activity