The Department of Youth, Sports and Recreation will host its forty-first Summer Day Camp (SDC) programme this summer. 

The Summer Day Camp programme, administered by the Department, is a day long programme of learning activities offered to children between the ages of four to 15 years.

This year SDC will be hosted for six weeks, commencing on Monday, July 2, and ending on Friday, August 10.

The 2012 programme will consists of three pre-school camps, five summer day camps, one special needs camp and three teen camps. 

There are a variety of activities that are offered   such as; swimming, arts and crafts, mini-cup match, camp-a-rama, family fun day, six-aside tournament, arts and crafts and many more fun activities.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide child-care services for students at affordable prices.
  • Provide a positive, safe and supervised environment for children.
  • Offer a range of activities and real-life experiences that will enhance their day-to-day lives.
  • Provide a quality program that will develop an understanding and appreciation of the 2012 SDC. theme, ‘Character Counts’.
  • Provide summer employment for high school and college students who are aspiring towards a child-related profession.
  • Develop leadership skills and a sense of responsibility in youth counsellors.

The theme for Summer Day Camp 2012 is ‘Character Counts… everywhere, all the time!’

The Character Counts programme gives counsellors and campers a supporting structure for virtuous living.

The campers will be engaged in a variety of activities and learning experiences that adopted the six pillars of Character.

The Character Counts! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programmes and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased.

We use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember.

Trustworthiness: blue

  • Be honest.
  • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal
  • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do.
  • Have the courage to do the right thing.
  • Build a good reputation.
  • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country.

Respect: yellow/gold

  • Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule.
  • Be tolerant and accepting of differences.
  • Use good manners, not bad language.
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others.
  • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone.
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

Responsibility: green

  • Do what you are supposed to do.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Persevere: keep on trying!
  • Always do your best.
  • Use self-control.
  • Be self-disciplined.
  • Think before you act — consider the consequences.
  • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes.
  • Set a good example for others.

Fairness: orange

  • Play by the rules.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Be open-minded; listen to others.
  • Don’t take advantage of others.
  • Don’t blame others carelessly.
  • Treat all people fairly

Caring: red

  • Be kind.
  • Be compassionate and show you care.
  • Express gratitude.
  • Forgive others.
  • Help people in need.

Citizenship: purple 

  • Do your share to make your school and community better.
  • Cooperate.
  • Get involved in community affairs.
  • Stay informed; vote.
  • Be a good neighbour
  • Obey laws and rules.
  • Respect authority.
  • Protect the environment.
  • Volunteer.

Registration takes place on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the CedarBridge Academy.

For more information please contact one of our friendly staff members or visit our website at www.youthandsport.bm or phone: 295-0855 or e-mail: sdc@gov.bm.