DeCordoca Barracks, Up park Camp, July17th 2009 – Corporate Jamaica has laced up their boots, put on their gloves and have made their tangible commitment to support youth development in a time when money is in short supply. Several companies have made commitments to the efforts of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Combined Cadet Force to give just over one hundred boys and girls from Kingston and St. Thomas a home away from home for 10 days during the summer.
Jamaican teens are constantly exposed to negative distractions such as violence, crime, sex and substance abuse. It is refreshing to hear of occasions such as these where young men and women volunteer their services to participate in activities that demand their time and attention which only yield results that will be gleaned in the long term.
In the words of Major Cletus Graham – Commanding Officer, “It costs some $4,000 per person to support all the activities of our camp this year and we are extremely happy that Corporate Jamaica has responded to our call for partnership so that we can provide a socially responsible alternative to the distractions that cadets have available”
The Cadets of the second Battalion will be encamped in the Seaforth area of St. Thomas from July 17th to 27th and will undergo training in Camp Craft, Map ready, Rappelling, Hiking, Cooking and Sports. The major activities of the camp will be an adventurous trip to parts of the blue mountain range to include breath taking views of the kind of relief features only previously encountered in a map reading or basic orienteering theory class and an open day on July 26th when the Cadets will show off to their parents and invited guest what they learnt over the period
“Support from Companies such as JMMB,BNS, NCB, Key Insurance, Globe Insurance, JIIC and others has motivated us to continue to give of our time and other personal resources to continue the work of the JCCF and we thank them whole heartedly for their support,” said the, Commanding Officer.