North Island Lodge closed its doors to paying guests once again to accommodate and host a group of Seychellois children for a fourth time for another Children in the Wilderness Camp (CITW) in collaboration with the National Council for Children ( NCC) during the month of December 2011.
For the first time in their lives, the children were able to see the wonders of North Island that had previously been out of their reach. Their screams of delight and laughter could be heard for miles as they were propelled into a world of luxurious fun and educational activities from the 11th -14th December.
“I feel like I am the luckiest person on earth”, said Julia, one of the girls –“I wish all my friends could experience this adventure”.
“It’s not everyday one gets a chance to live on such an island, it’s a dream come true and from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all those who made this a reality”, said Deje, another member of the group of 30 children who had been presented with this rare occasion to discover new things and live a dream.
Eight guest villas had been put at their disposition to offer an authentic camp experience. The children particularly enjoyed the afternoon dip in the swimming pools as well as dining each night in the Island restaurant where they partook of healthy, exquisite and delectable food.
This year the programme was specifically designed to increase the children’s awareness of the history of the island and its function as a Noah’s Ark Project protecting vulnerable species and to inspire a passion for the environment. At the same time, the programme aimed atdeveloping life skills necessary to actualise every participant’s potential and restore their sense of hope and pride as well as build up their self –esteem. Most of the children, attending the CITW camp were currently involved with the National Council for Children’s (NCC) living values programme.
For the camp organizers the objectives of the camp had started to bear fruit as they could recognize Junio Raccombo among the North island team. Junio was aparticipant of the 2008 CITW North island camp and the professionalism of the staff, their friendliness and sense of well-being had inspired and motivated him to work hard at school and then apply for a job there. Junio was visibly excited to see the happy faces around him and the atmosphere transported him back to the days when he too had enjoyed the tranquillity, the luxury and the activities that would be taking place which included singing, dancing, treeplanting, teambuilding, tug of war, and lessons on how to resist peer pressure and say no to drugs and alcohol abuse.