Darrell’s Island trip provides lessons in teamwork for boys
A group of young boys took part in a series of activities on Darrell's Island over the weekend as part of a programme organised by The Centre on Angle Street.
Community worker at the Centre, Eddie Glasford, said a total of 17 members of the Just Us Guys Boys Club spent the weekend on the Island, playing football, doing team building exercises and enjoying the camping experience.
“This is the start of the new year with the boys club,” Mr Glasford said. “We ended it last year with a camp, so we decided to start this year with a camp. It was all about teamwork.
“We were trying to teach them how to work together, take care of each other, clean up after themselves.
“The boys had a good time. There were challenges, but we have been patient. All in all, it was a success.”
He said the club is aimed at helping young boys between the ages of five and 11 learn to be responsible for themselves and develop team skills, while creating lasting friendships.
“We bring everyone together so they are friends from when they are young, and they can carry that on,” he said. “There's a lot of negative stuff happening with young folks now and I feel like if we get them at this age, we can curb some of the negativity that they bring with them.
“Harold Minors used to run the club years ago and we decided to bring it back three or four years ago. I know Mr Minors has seen some of his boys still using the stuff he implemented when they grew older.
“That's what we're trying to do, set a standard for when they get older. It's not an easy task. You need a lot of patience. We do a lot of training ourselves to deal with high risk children.”
The Just Us Guys Boys Club meets on Friday nights from 6pm until 8.30pm at The Centre on Angle Street. Boys between the ages of five and 12 are welcome.