The Carolinian Affairs Office and the Division of Youth Services capped off its 2019 Summer Youth Empowerment Camp yesterday at the San Isidro Youth Center with a final graduation party for about 45 participants in this second and final half of the camps.
The participants entertained their parents and guests with dances and songs, including traditional dances, with the 10- to 12-year-old boys doing the Carolinian warrior dance and the other age groups performing stick dances and the Carolinian mass dance.
The Summer Youth Empowerment Camp was composed of two different camps.
Aside from being taught folk songs and dances, the participants were introduced to playing the ukulele, bead making, and mwaar-making (head leis).
Camp participants were also introduced to different sports such as kickball, basketball, and others, courtesy of Latte Built. For the final week, the participants were given three days to practice for the final day and they were given about three days to practice for the event.
According to CAO office manager Vivian Nogis, the participants spent the first week of the camp learning some of the basics of singing and dancing, but were also taught bead- and mwaar making.
DYS administrator Vivian Sablan gave credit to all the camp instructors and volunteers for the success of the summer camps.
DYS Family & Youth Enhancement Program supervisor Jennifer Tanaka said that she was impressed by the participants’ performances and hopes that they will incorporate the skills that they have learned in their lives.
Despite a slight dip in the number of camp participants this year, Tanaka still described the camp as a major success.