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Eco Kids Rainforest Adventure
Chaa Creek Summer Camp
July 21 -29, 2012

Looking for a special event for your 8-13 year old this summer?

Chaa Creek is offering a week long summer camp scholarship program for Belize's resident school children in order to educate them about biodiversity, natural resource conservation, the ancient Maya, traditional healing, and the three "R's" Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

The program aims to instill memorable values that will have an impact on the way children conduct their lives, their relationship with our fragile Earth, and the sustainable development of our future.

Some of our guided educational activities include: Hiking to ancient Maya sites where we will perform archaeological excavations, Horseback Riding through Jungle Trails while studying the medicinal flora within our 365-acre private reserve, Song writing and talent show sessions, Hands-on sustainable organic farming techniques, and Supervised water activities.

8 Nights/9 Days all inclusive
Chaa Creek Nature Reserve

The Children's Summer Camp Scholarship Program includes lodging at the Macal River Camp, all meals plus snacks three times a day, daily scheduling of educational events, arts & craft materials and t-shirt, Camp Counselors 24/7, and guided tours with our licensed naturalist guides.

To participate, Belizean children must write a 300 word essay in English on why YOU want to be an ECO KID!

All essays must be received by June 6th 2012. Judging takes place on June 14th 2012 and essays will be judged on creative subject content, structure and grammar.

Twenty four children will be selected via a lotto draw in two winning categories Eco greenies (8-10 years) and Eco saplings (11-13 years).

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Kids Eco Camp Promotional Video

"Memories that last a lifetime" is right! In this short video one can see many of the events that last year's eco kids did while at the Summer Eco Kids Camp. Now is the time for children to submit their essays on why they want to be an Eco-kid. Chaa Creek is giving away 24 scholarships, so start writing.

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Connecting Kids With Nature Could Just Save the World

In September of 2010 my mom started her new job as the Human Resources & Operations Manager at the Belize Audubon Society. Little did we know that this was the start of a whole new adventure for our entire family! There are five children in my family and while my oldest brother was away at school there were four of us here with my mom. She had changed her jobs for two reasons: first because she wanted a job that would give her more time to spend with us, (her other job had her working way too many weekends) and secondly because she wanted to work somewhere that gave her the opportunity to contribute in some way to the sustainability of Belize's environment. She said she wanted to work somewhere that would make a difference for my brothers, my sister and I.

Her new position has opened up a whole new world. All of a sudden, these four city children who never spent any time really in nature (unless at the park or at the cayes), began to visit all these beautiful sites that Belize Audubon Society co-managed with the Government of Belize. So far, we have visited four of the six inland sites - Guanacaste National Park, St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park, Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and we have made many trips out to the fabulous Half Moon Caye Natural Monument! We have also participated in the annual Walk for a Green Belize event for the last two years - helping to clean the many miles of litter on our Western Highway.

These visits have taught me about the many wonders of nature! How there are things that many of us take for granted that are important to maintaining the balance between nature and people. I have learnt about the importance of recycling, not wasting water, not littering, and keeping our trees and our animals protected.

In addition, over the last year, I have volunteered at the Belize Audubon Society assisting with Environmental Education by participating in skits as the "Yellow-Headed Parrot" and other environmental themes.

Being an eco-kid would give me the opportunity to learn more about nature and to be able to share that knowledge with my classmates, my brothers and sister and my other friends. This year, I would like to be a Chaa Creek Eco-Kid to learn more about how I can make a difference in this beautiful country called Belize. I wonder´┐Ż what exactly would await me at Chaa Creek? I'd sure like to find out!!

I hope to be there this summer!


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