The Malabar RC Men’s Ministry held its 5th Annual Children’s Holiday Camp—‘CAMP HARMONY 2018’ from August 6–17.
The camp got off to a great start on the first day with a Service offered by Deacon Paul Bousignac and attended by parents, participants and facilitators.
The theme this year was Be a STAR; STAR the acronym for: Selflessness; Time Management; Aspiration; Righteousness.
As in previous years, this project was a collaborative effort of the Men’s Ministry together with members of the Women’s Ministry, Society of St Vincent de Paul, Family Life Unit, Pinto Road RC Community as well as members of our neighbouring D’Abadie/Maloney Parish.
During the two-week period, campers enjoyed a range of activities which began each morning with Praise and Worship followed by a Catechism session. After this, other camp activities included craft, art, playing both outdoor and indoor games such as skipping, cricket, football, monopoly and checkers.
The two field-trips provided us with opportunities to visit the National Museum, Archbishop’s House, the Emperor Valley Zoo/Botanic Gardens and the De Freitas Ranch, Valencia.
The campers, with posters in hand, some of their parents, together with members of the sponsoring ministries all participated in the Harmony Walk 2018 on August 10. The new route took us from our parish hall location into Arima, around the Arima Velodrome where we happened to meet a CNC3 TV crew who enthusiastically documented our activity.
The same night, the television station aired a clip of our venture-walk on their newscast. That encounter was seen as a boon to us all but especially for the children. Seeing themselves on television made the experience even more memorable.
On the final day, August 17, the camp culminated with a concert and exhibition as campers used the occasion to display the products of their acquired skills in artwork and craft, as well as their proficiency in song, poetry and dance which were learnt during the two weeks and which reflected the theme.
By all accounts, the campers certainly had an enjoyable fortnight, including the savouring of delicious meals and snacks which were served. All are looking forward to ‘CAMP HARMONY 2019’.–Dorian Porter