Atlantic Caribbean Union

NBC Holds Youth Camp

By Pastor Ricardo Bain/ACUM

The Youth Department of the North Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NBC) held its annual summer camp under the theme “Impact: Youth 4 Christ 2012” at the Missile Base in Freetown on the island of Grand Bahama, The Bahamas during July 15 – 22, 2012. Pastor Andrew Burrows, the Youth Director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission, and his family spent the week with the youth of the territory as one of his first assignments as Youth Director.
The camp consisted of thirty-five (35) campers; 21 males and 14 females with a total of six units, four male units and two female units.

The camping experience began at 9:00 am with registration at the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church followed by a bonding ride for 45 minutes to the Missile Base. Upon arrival at the base, the campers were separated into their units and instructed to clean the rooms that they would occupy for the week.

Mr. Marcos Cooper, a representative of local government, officially declared the camp open during the opening ceremonies that were held on Monday, July 16, 2012.

A typical day of camp was as follows:

Line Call, Exercise, Breakfast, Camp Duties, Room Inspection, Chapel, Lunch, Camp Duties, Honor/Presentation, Rest period, Fun and Games, Swimming, Bath Time, Line Call, Dinner, Camp Duties, and Bon Fire.

The Royal Bahamas Traffic Division spoke to the campers about road safety and they enjoyed the experience of riding on the motorcycles as passengers. The Royal Bahamas Police Department also spoke to the campers about various types of abuse, physical, sexual, and emotional to name a few.

The campers also enjoyed a 5-mile morning hike that began at 4 a.m. followed by a morning swim.

The campers also completed a community service project in the area and really made an impact when they volunteered at the Freetown Primary School to paint and assist in cleaning the yard. The Acting Principal, Ms. Bullard said the campers were a “Godsend” and that she really appreciated and needed the help.

In all, the camping experience was a smashing success! Thanks to God, the parents, the campers, and the unswerving determination of committed leaders who did not buckle under the pressure and executed a marvelous camping experience for our youth.