The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) launched its 20th six-week summer youth programme yesterday.
Police officers head the summer camp and a small portion of the Royal Bahamas Police youth band were in attendance.
Public Affairs and Communications Officer Chrislyn Skippings said that the camp is focused on staying with the 2013 policing plan which speaks to positively engaging young people.
“The mission of the camp is to inspire and enable all people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens,” she said at a press conference at the Police Headquarters.
The camp will begin on July 1st and end on August 9th with a talent extravaganza.
All of the camps will provide young Bahamians ages 8-17 the opportunity to participate in educational, musical and ultimately entertaining field trips.
These include conflict resolution seminars, life skill activities, beach outings, movie outings and inter camp basketball tournaments.
Nine of the camps will be stationed in New Providence and seven throughout the Family Islands.
“Eleuthera, Inagua, San Salvador, Long Island, Andros, Bimini and Cat Island are also participating in this summer camp experience,” said Inspector Skippings.
All those who wish to attend the camp can go to the participating division police stations to get an application form.
Officials have also expressed to the public that these camps are the perfect place to have their kids as it will provide the “best safe environment.”
Included with the summer camps is also the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band camp that is open to ages 7-18.
Constable Rubyann Gibson spoke on behalf of the programme saying that it will be one of the best and will offer more than just music.
“It’s a deterrent for young people so that they can understand what music can actually do,” said Ms. Gibson
“They will be diverse in music and learn ultimately what music can also do for the country.”
There’s no registration fee for the camp and it will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Inspector Skippings and Division Police officer heads urge parents that during this time to please be mindful of the pick-up time.