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A little Story from Blyde Adventure Camp

– Deon J Breytenbach

Pre-Covid we did continuous leadership development for a Highschool in Phalaborwa. Some sessions we run at the school and for the others learners came for a weekend to the camp. This gave us the opportunity to see the children grow and develop into their roles from . . .

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Camp Zenith Heidelberg

– Sandile Ndhlovu

One of the most memorable experiences goes back to 2013, were we hosted and facilitated a blind group form Gauteng Department of Social Development. There are many misconceptions and stigmas surrounding blind and visually impaired people, but by experiencing these individuals at camp has given us the oppertunity to understand and respect their spirit to learn and to be included in activities, one would normally exclude disabled people from . . .

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TALES FROM THE FOREST: Paid for nothing?

A very normal Grade 6 camp. With a very normal energised boy. With a very normal stretched facilitator. Like the saying goes, “Like herding cats!”. . .

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The Story of Anke

– Hermien Coetzee & Tilla Kotze

As an adventure camp facilitator for twenty years I have learned not to let any emotion go unnoticed and not to underestimate the value of true connection. Children arrive wide eyed, excited and startled at every camp – mostly radiating a deep sense of disconnection . . . 

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Hobbiton’s outdoor education develops healthy youth, even during a pandemic

– Tonya Burton

We are all aware of the significant benefit of letting children physically experience what they learn, rather than merely reading or hearing about it.  Positive, enjoyable experiences not only help learners to understand new subject matter but also to retain information. Hobbiton’s unique outdoor environment enables young people to develop creativity, improve memory, reduce stress and create wellbeing.  Learners experience joy through adventure and learning with others — a winning combination! . . . 

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DO WE REALIZE WHAT VALUE AND IMPACT OUR PROGRAMS HAVE ON INDIVIDUALS BUT ALSO IN OUR COUNTRY?

– Dirk Calitz, Outdoor Educators

Let us mirror our SA land scape and society and identify a few common problems that we struggle with/experience every day: A few challenges of our day: Crime, violence, corruption, fragmented and dysfunctional families, racial tension, selfish behaviour, bad decisions taken by our leaders and many other society members,  distorted values, no respect for other people, destroying and vandalizing of infrastructure, a distortion of what is right and what is wrong, destroying, pollution and lack of care of the environment, an outcry for positive change, lack of determination, energy, hard work and creativity, a negative attitude and an approach that someone else must provide for me (unwillingness to take responsibility for yourself) . . .

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Schoemansdal pitkos

– Carel Kilian

Boelie gedrag het die afgelope jare al hoe meer aandag gekry in die sosiale media. Deel van die probleem is die onvermoë van mense om buigsaam, aanpasbaar meelewend en verdraagsaam te wees. Hierdie is vaardighede wat geen mens voor ‘n rekenaar, die televisie of met ‘n selfoon in die hand kan aanleer nie. (Om iemand in die oë te kyk en te sê jy is jammer, is baie meer intens en bevrydend as om dit met ’n boodskap op jou foon te doen.)  Boelies sal daar seker altyd wees. Wat ons moet doen, is om mense toe te rus met ’n veerkragtigheid om die skokke, stampe en stote van die lewe te verwerk . . .

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