Flagstaff High student spends summer as camp counselor in Belize. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| August 5, 2015

By Corina Vanek • Arizona Daily Sun

A Flagstaff High School freshman decided to forgo his summer of catching up on sleep and setting high scores on video games to travel to Belize to work as a camp counselor for a biodiversity camp.

Blake Acheson, 14, worked as a junior counselor at Chaa Creek Eco Camp in Belize, aiming to educate local children about conservation and biodiversity.

“During the camp we went o see Mayan ruins, sustainable farming techniques and talked about reducing, reusing and recycling,” Acheson said.

The camp hosts 24 Belizean children, ages 8 to 13, for one week, according to the camp’s website. Acheson, who arrived in Belize in early June, said organizers spent the weeks before camp preparing the crafts and activities for campers.

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