July 21, 2015
31 Brownies benefiting from ‘Camp Hewanarau’ in St Lucia

Thirty-one Brownie Guides from 10 primary schools across St Vincent and the Grenadines are currently enjoying an educational 10-day camp to St Lucia, which will see them visiting the Pitons, sulphur springs and experiencing an aerial view of the island on a helicopter ride.{{more}}

The group, which left St Vincent last Saturday, July 18, from the ET Joshua Airport, was accompanied by five Guiders and two Girl Guides.

Jacqueline Soso-Vincent, commandant of the camp, said that this year’s theme is ‘Be prepared to strive beyond expectation to achieve your goals’, and she noted that educational camps are “beneficial” to both the children and the leaders.

“The adults get to know the girls better and the girls get to learn new things, see new places and undergo new experiences,” explained Soso-Vincent.

“They eat new foods, make new friends, and even acquire social graces. All in all, they have fun!”

The Brownies come from Tourama Government School, Sandy Bay Government, Langley Park Government, Marriaqua Government, Sion Hill Government, Lodge Village Government, St Mary’s Roman Catholic School, Windsor Primary and Questelles Government.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, the group — which is staying at a primary school in Castries — will also visit Morne Fortune and Pigeon Island, and will experience water tubing in a river.

Soso-Vincent further explained that for many of the Brownies, this is their first camping experience — with a few of them having attended previous camps that she has led.

Coincidentally, Soso-Vincent — who has been involved in Girl Guiding for several decades — took her first group of Brownies camping abroad to St Lucia in 1969/70.

“I was [then] described as ‘crazy’ by some adults, because I was taking these little children in an aircraft. We did it, we enjoyed it and now we are going again!”

Soso-Vincent also said that she takes great pleasure in hearing reports from the parents of children who have camped with her, detailing how their behaviour has changed for the better after returning from camp.

“The majority of the parents thank us [guiders] because their daughters are more helpful around the home, and are eating healthier. It’s always good to hear how the camps have had positive effects on them.”

The group will return to St Vincent on Tuesday, July 28. (JSV)