Today saw the official start to Camp Camilla 2018, bringing together 190 young people from schools across Northern Ireland. Organised by a team of dedicated women and men from the USA and Northern Ireland, Camp Camilla aims to create an environment where young people from all beliefs and backgrounds across Northern Ireland can connect through a week-long American-style arts and sports camp experience.
Olwen Griffith, NI Executive Producer of Camp Camilla said: “Camp Camilla is thrilled to be returning for our fourth year in partnership with Lagan Collage. This year the camp is bigger than ever and we look forward to forging relationships with our American friends and facilitating opportunities for our young people to grow in a diverse range of activities”.
The camp is being held from 6-10 August 2018 on the Lisnabreeny campus of Lagan College and is open to young people aged between 10-14 across the province. In addition to sports and arts opportunities the camp offers sessions in Culinary Arts, Digital Art, Craft and Makeup artistry.
Amanda McNamee, Principal of Lagan College said: “Lagan College welcomes Camp Camilla, we look forward to a fulfilled week of activities, friendships and fond memories being created.” Amanda thanked Clare Bailey (Deputy leader of Green Party, MLA and founder pupil of Lagan College), Richard Sherry (Director of the Ulster Tatler and founder pupil of Lagan College), Brian Small (fundraising manager of the Integrated Education Fund) and Roisin Marshall (CEO of NICIE) for opening the camp.
Clare Bailey commented: “What Camp Camilla does is create global links and friendships, it brings another culture and another understanding to children here in Northern Ireland and I think that’s absolutely priceless.”