Environmental Camp Raises Awareness... Thanks to Industry Support
Last summer twenty-five Bahamian students participated in the first Bahamas Environmental Youth Program, a week-long camp held in Andros, organized by the Bahamas National Trust with support from the Andros Nature Conservancy and Trust, the Bahamas Hotel Association, the Ministry of Tourism's Coastal Awareness Committee, the Bahamas Diving Operators Association, The Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation, and the International Field Station (Forfar) in Andros (which served as the host site) in cooperation with contributing corporate partners.
We invite you to view a brief video on last year's camp and to see firsthand the value of this experience to young people and as an investment in the long-term sustainability of our tourism product.
The video shows firsthand the value of the camp experience --- creating advocates for conservation issues, taking personal responsibility for environmental stewardship and sustainable living practices, while broadening their knowledge of natural resource management strategies, environmental careers, and the interplay between tourism and the environment.
We wish to increase the opportunities for even more young people to attend the camp annually. It costs approximately $500 to send each student. In support of that we invite individuals and companies to be sponsors. Any size donation will help. For our large sponsors, should you be able to contributed $1,500, you can identify an individual of your choice to send to the camp. A $2,500 contribution allows you to identify two individuals. These are great 'scholarship' opportunities for the children of employees or other young people in need who would benefit from the camp experience.
We want to especially thank those who have came forward in 2010 in support of the camp, including our major sponsors Bahamas Ferries, Kerzner International, Baha Mar, and the Lyford Cay Club. Additionally, supplies and support for the camp were donated by Caribbean Bottling (Coca Cola), Micronet, Dolphin Encounters, Stella Maris Resort, Blue Water Resort Cable Beach, and Asa H. Pritchard.