Blue Mountain Project Summer Camp 2010 – Blue Mountains, Jamaica

Blue Mountain Project holds a Fun Camp each summer, for one week in Hagley Gap and one week in Penlyne Castle . Fun Camp provides a free and fun educational experience for the young boys and girls of the both communities with some sports thrown in. This year’s camp will run from 7-22 August and our theme is “Collectivism,” with a focus on service to community. We will end Fun Camp with a Back to School Extravaganza where each child will be provided with the materials – pencils, notebooks, shoes, rulers – he or she needs to make the best of the upcoming school year.

We are in the midst of designing the curriculum and recruiting the Fun Camp leader and counselors. Ripon College Student Volunteers for the Blue Mountain Project led by Jake Jochem and Cori Schimler have received funding from the Ripon College student senate to send seven Ripon students to serve as Fun Camp Counselors. We need five more Fun Camp Counselors, volunteers who will work with the Fun Camp Leader to staff Fun Camp 2010 – leading classes (creating finger paint masterpieces, putting together a puppet show or play, helping budding authors tell their stories through words and pictures, helping the older students put together a community service project, music…), coaching soccer, doling out lunch, mentoring and supporting the kids, and occasionally bandaging a boo-boo or two.