BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The young people in Cayon have been meeting regularly during the summer vacation and into the school year preparing for the launch of the newest Explorer club. The first official meeting of the Cayon Explorers Club will be held at the Cayon Primary School Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Coordinator of the Explorer Initiative, Inspector Rosemary Isles-Joseph, has been working with youth to organize for the Saturday’s programme. The school previously sent letters to all parents informing them of the initiative and inviting them to get their children involved.
At a rehearsal on Aug. 6, parents looked on adoringly while the children sang and recited poems. They even clapped and cheered them on at the end of each presentation.
Anesta Samuel, mother of a 12-year-old, a nine-year-old, and a six-year-old, tries of be present at the practice sessions whenever she can. All of her children are in the group.
“My children are all excited about it,” Ms. Samuel said. “They want to participate and they love it so far. When it comes to the discipline part, I’ve seen a big difference in my eldest daughter’s attitude already.”
Another mother, Renée Nisbett, said she believes the group will help keep her son busy in positive activities and off the street.
“He can be involved in a good programme,” she said. “He likes it so far. I sent him to the Police Camp during the summer, so I didn’t hesitate to send him to this group when I learned about it.”
Explorer Clubs are part of an initiative included in the Ministry of National Security’s broader Crime Prevention and Reduction Strategy and Social Intervention Programme. Clubs have already been launched in Shadwell, St. Paul’s, Molineux and Phillip’s.
The groups are being created and implemented through a partnership with the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. Police officers are assigned to each group and oversee their operations, working along with parents and well-wishers in the community.