Camp GROW sprouted from the idea that the will to protect is strongest towards what we love, and we cannot love what we do not understand.
A partnership initiative between the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) and the Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Centre (GARD Centre), the environmental and agricultural camp brings youth together for two weeks each summer to cultivate an appreciation for and understanding of the natural environment and its links to healthy and sustainable communities.
Through a variety of fun outdoor and experiential learning activities, the camp highlights Antigua & Barbuda’s unique ecology while fostering responsible environmental stewardship. It also aims to increase youth’s knowledge of local agricultural practices and how agriculture impacts our lives.
Camp GROW will be held this year from August 13 through the 24, and serve campers ages 8 to 11 years of age. Building off of its successful inaugural year, this year promises to be bigger and better by incorporating new activities, increasing the number of campers in attendance, and moving the camp’s location full-time to the Gilbert Agro-Heritage Nature Center in Mercer’s Creek. Campers will take part in gardening and composting, field trips to ecological hot spots, arts and crafts, games and much more.
Camp GROW isn’t just for kids, there are several ways that you can get involved and support this programme.
If you’re looking for something fun to do this summer, join us for Camp GROW as a volunteer. We are still looking for a few responsible, enthusiastic people to assist as camp counselors and facilitators. Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable experience working with youth and make a positive impact on our camper’s lives.
Camp GROW has already received support from businesses and foundations around the island. At the forefront, the Mill Reef Fund and Sandals Foundation have given substantial donations which have made it possible to purchase much needed pop-up tents, tables, benches and chairs that will be used by the camp for years to come. Also supporting Camp GROW this year are Horizons Supplies Ltd, the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force, ECAB, Caribtrans Antigua, State Insurance Corporation, Adventure Antigua and Subway.
We are overwhelmed by the positive response and support for Camp GROW, but are still earnestly seeking your help. Please contact us if you are interested in making a monetary or in-kind donation, or if you would like to sponsor a low-income camper by providing them with a scholarship.
Register your child
If you are interested in registering your camper for this year’s Camp GROW, you can find all of the forms on our website or pick them up at the EAG or GARD Center offices. If you would like to submit the forms electronically, you can do so by emailing them to . Registration forms for camp are due by June 18.
The cost of camp is EC $220 which covers transportation, field trips, snacks and two camp T-shirts. We strongly believe that every child should have a chance to attend camp; therefore we will do our best to provide financial assistance to families who cannot afford camp fees. If you are in need of financial assistance, please ask to speak with either Jen Davis at EAG or Rachel Hall at the GARD Center.
To volunteer, become a sponsor, or register a child, please contact Rachel Hall at the GARD Center or Jen Davis at the EAG, or visit our website at .