Camp Joy Belize is a 4 day camping experience for children with special needs which is being done through a collaborative effort between Living Waters Fellowship Church East Lake Community Church and the Association for Inclusion of Persons with Special Needs (AIPSN). Beth Tuten Camp Director for South Carolina explained how this initiative works.
“This year, the camp is led by Eastlake Community Church. Also, we have five counselors from Belize. They are from the Belmopan-Roaring Creek area, and three staff members as part of the local organization AIPSN that are learning how Camp Joy. Our goal is that eventually we will have a complete Belizean staff and be run and owned completely by Belizeans”.
“Camp Joy is the first of its kind for the Cayo District and it is catering to supporting and serving our persons with special need and disabilities”.
The camp began on Wednesday July 2nd and is scheduled to conclude on Saturday July 5th. Abigail Wade Camp Coordinator for Belize explained the project’s 3 fold goal
Mrs. Abigail Wade: “We have a three-fold goal where we look for an opportunity for parents to have respect. So, you can send your child to the camp and we will do our best to take care of your child to ensure that they will have a wonderful time at camp and all their needs are met. It is also an opportunity for our persons with special needs to really enjoy and have a genuine camping experience. The third and final goal is also to create an opportunity outside of the family within our community, especially young people at high school and college age to come and work with, and be a part of getting to know persons with special needs”.
Camp Joy Belize invites the general public to the closing ceremony scheduled for Sunday July 6th starting at 10:00 a.m. at Living Waters Fellowship Church, Banana Bank.