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CREAR Summer Camp Stimulates Samara Kids

By Arianna McKinney

As boring as school may be for many kids, summer vacation can be even more boring with nothing to do, but CREAR offered the children of Samara and El Torito fun (and educational) activities during free two-week summer camps in January.

"It's good because during vacations really they don't have much to do. In addition, it is diversion for them as well as learning," commented Sonia Castillo, who brought her grandson to the camp.

This year's camps included activities such as eco-walks, a sandcastle-making competition at the beach and the creation of cardboard box sleds to sled down the grassy hills of the Mango Farm in Carrillo with transportation provided by Carrillo Adventures.

"This was an amazing trip with beautiful rolling hills and a breathtaking view of the pacific ocean," related Johannah Waite, co-coordinator of CREAR.

About 30 children participated in each of the camps this year, many participating for the second or third year. Mariecleare Orias, 10 years old, was participating for the second time and said that she loves creating things during the camps. On the other hand, 10-year-old Nadia Scheidback, who has participated in the camp for three years, said her favorite part of the camps are the trips, such as going to the forest because it's fun.

The camp was held in El Torito during the first two weeks of January and in Samara during the next two weeks. The CREAR association is supported entirely by donations.

 
Children gather around a tree on an eco-walk during which Alvaro Teran Sauter from Samara Trails taught them about different local trees.
   
 
   
 
Some of the kids refresh themselves in the Lagarto river during CREAR

For more information, visit www.asociacioncrear.org.

 

More Community News

Aikido in Samara
Self-Defense Workshops are Fun and Practical

Afraid to walk the beach at night? The danger of being attacked, robbed or raped is one reason Eddie Mora has decided to offer personal defense workshops as a community project in Samara based on the non-violent martial art of Aikido. 

Teacher Wanted to Help Ostional Kids in Math and English

The Surfing Nosara Foundation is working with the Ostional Elementary School to provide a free before/after school tutorial program in English, math and technology that lasts for 3 months beginning in early March and is searching for a bilingual teacher to work with students and implement a proven, established curriculum.  

Nosara Turns 24

On January 26th we celebrated the creation of our District: Nosara. Therefore this could well be considered the most important local calendar date. Twenty-four years ago this region, which now forms the sixth district of the Canton of Nicoya, belonged to the central district of the canton.

Nosara ASADA to Elect a New President February 22nd

It's election time for the Nosara ASADA (Water Administration Association/ Asociación Administradora del Agua), and the position of president is vacant. Elections take place every two years and will be held at the annual assembly on Wednesday, February 22nd at the ASADA office.

Friends of Nosara Celebrates Partner Achievements at Annual Meeting
• More than $107,000 received in 2011

At its Annual Meeting Sunday, January 8, Friends of Nosara (FON) Treasurer, Mike Olson, reported that the organization had received more than $107,000 in gifts in 2011 and had distributed more $114,448 to community groups during the year.

"Rumors" in Nosara

Living in a small town, Nosareños know how easily rumors can get started. Misunderstandings, secrets and lies are all part of what makes the intrigue of a small town exciting. Things are no different in the world of Neil Simon's New York where a group of socialites gather to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of two of their closest friends.

The Secret is in Collaboration
Letter to the Editor

I was delighted to read your report, "The Future of Tourism" to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in the lower Guanacaste beach communities. As a destination development specialist for the World Bank and other international clients, I believe there is now an opportunity to capitalize on the region's distinctive attributes, particularly in markets that have not yet discovered this beautiful corner of the world.

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