Camp Bosdet - Giving children a summer to remember
Due to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic The Bosdet Foundation has seen its profits from self-catering accommodation at the holiday resort decimated and is therefore unable to provide some of the funding to community projects and charities it had been due to support in 2020.
So instead the foundation – which normally gives away tens of thousands of pounds every year to local good causes that predominantly support children and families – used its facilities at the Les Ormes site in St Brelade to deliver a summer activity camp to primary school children impacted by lockdown.
Camp Bosdet was free to attend and provided around 60 children a week -who have been recommended by various organisations and services in the Island - with a packed programme of activities and excursions. Over the summer of 2020 children were treated to themed activities which included survival skills, nature trails, arts and crafts, cycling, boating, kayaking plus many were thrilled to learn to swim in the sea safely.
Alan Le Pavoux, charity manager at The Bosdet Foundation and director of Camp Bosdet, said, 'We became aware that there were children who were going to be suffering the effects of lockdown, particularly those isolated in flats around St Helier with no opportunity to go outside.'
The summer ended with a colourful carnival parade around the grounds of Les Ormes and an afternoon of party games.
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