Youth clipartOur most ambitious project, St Patrick’s Jamaica Summer Camp, dates from 1999. Each year, a group of volunteers from St. Patrick’s conducts a series of week-long, non-denominational, educational Summer Camps for children in isolated Jamaican communities. Our volunteers team with local Jamaican volunteers and educators to present educational-play programs centred on a specific theme like ‘bullying’ or 'self-respect’. The camps are free to all children. Our volunteers pay for their own transportation, room and board. Our success is due to a dedicated, stable team working hard both in Canada and in Jamaica.

This program benefits everyone involved: our young people get to see first-hand the disparity that exists between the Developed and Third Worlds. The Jamaican children have fun learning new skills, and their teachers get hands-on experience of new methods using materials donated by our community in Canada. Five years ago, to promote bonding between our Canadian and Jamaican volunteers, we began inviting Jamaican team members to Canada to take part in our Camp Training Sessions in First Aid, leadership, puppeteering and other areas. To involve an even wider group of young people in our Summer Camps, we annually run a “24-Hour Famine.” Participants pay a fee to cover their expenses and sign up family and friends to sponsor them to fast for a full day in support of the Camp. Sleeping in the Parish Hall overnight, they spend time together in a range of activities including bowling and public service. The Famine concludes with Mass together and pizza for all the participants!

Lynn Di Pinto - Youth Minister

Jamaican Summer Camp 2015 Report

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