St. Lucia’s all-inclusive announces the
debut of CocoLand children’s camp program, which was developed by a team of
U.S. PhD and Masters Degree recipients in Education to ensure the most
effective and enjoyable program for youngsters in the Caribbean.CocoLand is
the first program of its kind in the Caribbean and going beyond the typical
children’s programs, it provides fun, safe and educational experiences
unlike anything else in the Caribbean with its high level of learning and
“CocoLand is much more than a baby-sitting service, CocoLand is based on
solid educational principles, fun activities and providing knowledge that
kids will keep with them long after they return home,” said Wesley Pankey,
Coconut Bay Resort & Spa’s youth activities consultant.
The action starts as soon as the kids arrive at the resort when they receive
their CocoPacks. These include a tote bag, water bottle with strap for the
jungle tours, T-shirt, bucket or baseball hat and scrapbook to record
adventures from CocoLand. Because the youngsters are pre-registered, the
planning and organizing is already done, allowing the kids to get right to
the fun. There are two age groupings, with curriculums designed to cater to
the different interests of each. Children ages three through eleven are part
of the CocoLand Kidz Klub, while ages nine through fourteen make up the
Adventure Club. The kids that qualify for both groups have their choice of
which group they want to experience. While at the Kidz Klub, youngsters take
informative nature hikes on Coconut Bay’s eighty-five palm-fringed acres and
learn about the Caribbean’s geography and St. Lucia’s ecology. They also
participate in supervised arts and crafts, enjoy the Caribbean’s largest
all-ages water park and play at the Kidz Klub water playground. All kids
will discover St. Lucia’s history dating back to tales of pirates, local
traditions and up to current day customs. Exploring lush foliage and
indigenous animals from the iguana to the orange winged parrot will be part
of the fun and enlightening curriculum.
The Adventure Club for the older kids combines a variety of physical and
educational challenges that require teamwork and problem-solving skills. The
water park has two huge water slides and a lazy river. The “Coconut Canon”
is the fastest water slide in the Caribbean with kids reaching blazing
speeds until they’re shot out of the slide like a rocket.
The “Survivor-like” Adventure Club for the older kids combines a variety of
physical and educational challenges. Though no kids will be voted off the
island, the tasks will be exciting and stimulating.
CocoLand is based on fundamental education principles and aims to ensure
that its young visitors leave with new knowledge, as well as amazing
memories. The curriculum is carefully planned by Pankey who has over ten
years of education ciriculum experience.
“It’s easy to show the kids a good time when they come to Coconut Bay, but
we want to do more than that. We want to teach them something new that they
will remember forever,” said Pankey.