Jou Scroop’s JOY Bocas Chess Group Hosts Adults and Children at All Levels of Chess Proficiency

With a healthy body comes a healthy mind and that is what it’s all about this month! Jou Scroop and his JOY Bocas Chess group is active and spreading the love of chess to the people of  Bocas del Toro. Looking back on his childhood, Scroop sees the level at which chess enriched his development. Studies show that chess is beneficial for cognitive function with its problem solving, critical thinking, mathematical skills, and need for originality. It is a game teaching logic and the importance of planning and setting goals. JOY Bocas Chess invites both children and adults to come and develop an understanding for the game or work to refine their skills. The group is currently operating with this schedule:

Fridays 2-4pm at the ATP Building,1st street, Isla Colon, or Simon Bolivar Park

Saturdays 1-3pm at Centro Comunitario, Bastimentos

For more information on how to participate, volunteer or support with donations to the cause, find JOY Bocas Chess on Facebook and Instagram  or get in touch with Jou Scroop at 6561-0593 or

Recibe a Adultos y Niños en Todos los Niveles de Aptitud del Ajedrez

¡Con un cuerpo saludable viene una mente saludable y de esto se trata todo este mes! Jou Scroop y su grupo JOY Bocas Chess está muy activo y compartiendo el amor al ajedrez con las persona de Bocas del Toro. Recordando su juventud, Scroop ve el nivel en que el ajedrez enriqueció su desarrollo personal. Hay estudios que demuestran que el ajedrez es beneficioso para las funciones cognitivas por la resolución de problemas, el pensamiento crítico, las habilidades matemáticas, y la necesidad de originalidad. Es un juego que enseña la lógica y la importancia de planear y hacer metas. JOY Bocas Chess invita a adultos y niños a ir y desarrollar un entendimiento del juego o a jugar para refinar sus habilidades. El grupo está actualmente disponible en el siguiente horario:


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