19 girls from all over the country came to the girls only camp at Sibun Chess Kingdom. This was exceptionally special camp: in addition to the tremendous help of all the volunteers, we had Jennifer Shahade, US Women's Chess Champion working with them. Jennifer came specifically for that camp with the intention to boost their chess skills and confidence in themselves.
On the last night of the camp Jennifer played a simul against all the girls. THOSE girls actually made history! Nobody else in Belize had a chance to play Jennifer Shahade before!
We were very proud of their perseverence: Gabriela Ugarte from Corozal managed to have a draw, while Rajel Villafranco from Stann Creek played the longest game that night- 45 minutes of concentration and focus. Everybody else impressed Jennifer with their fighting spirit!
What else did the girls do in this 5 days camp? The theme of the camp was RESCUE THE KING! And they actually did! King Arnold was kidnapped on the last day of the camp, but since the girls learned a lot of useful skills in the previous days, they didn't hesitate to rush to rescue him: tubing down the river, hike and then repel down the 150 feet high cliff,,, and much more. See for yourself!
learning how to use compass.. and of course we had fun with sports, arts, map skills....
We used chess to learn how to read the coordinates on the map... Chess is always helpful!