Youth needed for free Educo experience

The CFEC in 100 Mile House is looking for 10 girls and 10 boys who would like to experience a day and a night at Educo

The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre (CFEC) in 100 Mile House is looking for 10 girls and 10 boys who would like to experience a day and a night at Educo Adventure School free of charge this summer.

CFEC is footing the bill for the youth, who must be between the ages of 12 and 18, through the Community Action Initiative (CAI) funding the centre received around 18 months ago.

CFEC community development program manager Chris Pettman says the money is coming out of the Involve Our Youth program, which was the result of the CAI application.

“The goal is to integrate and motivate the youth in our community. The objective is to increase youth attachment and capacity in our community and, thereby, decrease the likelihood of at-risk behaviours.”

Last year, Pettman says, the CFEC youth had the Educo camp all to themselves and a large number of camp counsellors were dedicated to the group. They got to experience the climbing wall, and the ropes, canoeing, meals and play a lot of games, he adds.

“Educo is a leadership school and our youth will get a taste of the experience.”

The dates of the overnighters are July 8 for the boys and July 9 for the girls.

Pettman says youth will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and they only need to contact him at (cpettman@cariboofamily.org) or Bithia Harris (bharris@cariboofamily.org) at 250-395-5155.