Mount Olive Outreach | Kwalata Adventure Centre, Dinokeng Game Reserve
Camp Footprints is delighted to welcome Khaya Centre Mount Olive Outreach and Orange Babies to our ‘beneficiary camp family’. The core activities of Mount Olive are centered on behavior change, care and support to the general public through community based HIV/AIDS programs in Lehae, south of Johannesburg, and surrounding informal settlements. Mount Olive’s main focus is to assist and develop Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). Their program is a model which retains children, who have been orphaned and traumatized by the loss of parents, in their community of origin. Networking with community based organizations, schools, clinics and churches is also an integral feature of the program.
This camp was a special incentive for the Mount Olive young leaders’ program. An exciting first in our ‘menu’ of camp activities was the introduction of a leadership boot camp program with a challenging obstacle course and fun, high energy team building exercises meant to stretch the campers and Mount Olive staff members out of their comfort zones. The ‘Reveille at Sunrise’ or more well known military bugle wakeup call each morning had the 60 campers up on their toes standing at attention, bungalows spick and span and ready for inspection. ‘Boot camp’ sessions included sandski, spider’s web, dodgeball, amazon crossing, totem pole and footloose activities. The highlight of the camp program was the mud pit with much amusement, high jinks and amazing team bonding. The ‘mess’ lunches and dinners were thoroughly enjoyed by a ravenous bunch of campers after all the strenuous exercises.
Camp Footprints would like to congratulate Valencia Kok, who heads up Mount Olive, and her staff for their very enthusiastic participation in all the activities. We look forward to many more camps with Mount Olive Outreach.