Over 1,000 students from six countries across the world are participating in a three-day International Youth Fellowship (IYF) Camp at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
The camp, which is being held for the first time in Jamaica, seeks to enrich and strengthen the hearts, minds and bodies of the youth, while promoting unity.
Addressing the official opening of the IYF Camp on Thursday (August 26), Deputy Director of Tourism, David Shields, who represented Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, commended the IYF for selecting Jamaica as one of the camp sites.
The Gracias Choir performs for the gathering at the opening at the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) Camp on Thursday (August 26). Over 1,000 students from six countries across the world are participating in the camp, which is being held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, St. Ann
“I am particularly elated at the prospects that your presence will bring for the Jamaica’s resilient tourism industry, especially at this time when travelling is not foremost on the list of activities for many people, due to the challenging economic climate,” Mr. Shields said.
He noted that youth tourism was on the increase, and accounted for a growing portion of the crowd that travel every year in search of new adventures and experiences.
“In selecting Jamaica as your camp site, you are bound to find the programme of activities just as pleasant and unforgettable as it is educational and purposeful,” Mr. Shields said.
Advisor to the Minister of Education, Robert Miller, who represented the Ministry, urged the participants to make the best of the opportunities provided at the camp.
Members of the Manchioneal Cultural Group in action at the opening of the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) Camp on Thursday (August 26). The three-day Camp is being held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
“The Ministry of Education is delighted to be associated with and, indeed, to officially endorse the 2010 IYF World Camp Jamaica,” he said.
He extended a warm welcome to the overseas students visiting Jamaica for the camp, as well as Jamaican participants.
“The future of Jamaica is in the hands of our youth; let us shape them in a positive direction today, so they can shape our society for a better tomorrow,” Mr. Miller said.
Chairman of the IYF, Pastor Ock-Soo Park told JIS News that the World Camps have been very successful in changing the lives of many young people, across the globe.
“Many governments have helped us and, even this time, I am so thankful that the Jamaican government has helped us, and so together with the IYF the many young people in Jamaica can know that they can be free from any problems they have and be healthy to lead the next generation,” Pastor Park said.
Jamaica is hosting one of several IYF World Camps, August 2-29, under the theme, “Radiant and Clean Heart”.
The Christian-based camp provides opportunities for participants to engage in lectures, leisure, sports and group activities aimed at shaping the minds of youth through wholesome, positive programs.