The United States Agency for International Development (USAID ) has recognized and enlisted the power of the camp experience for two major upcoming South African youth development programs.
Global Camps Africa (GCA) in Soweto, South Africa, has been asked to train nearly 200 youth workers from more than thirty South African organizations that work with children. This is the second time GCA, founded by ACA member Philip Lilienthal, has been asked to perform large-scale youth worker trainings in South Africa by USAID. Frequent contributors to ACA educational offerings Michael Brandwein (who will serve as chief trainer) and Gwynn Powell will work with GCA on the training. (Both Brandwein and Powell worked on the first training in 2010 as well.) The training will take place November 19–23, 2013.
USAID has also asked GCA to be the contractor on a grant to the South African Department of Social Development. The grant will provide funding for camps in nine South African provinces in January 2014. USAID believes the creation of these camps will be an opportunity for youth workers to achieve new levels of involvement with their communities.
GCA and the American Camp Association are encouraged by this recognition of the camp experience’s positive impacts on the lives of children, youth, and adults throughout the world. Says Lilienthal, “We are all impressed not with our ‘overnight success’ at the end of our tenth year of GCA, but with the passion with which the South Africans embrace the notion of an intentional camp.”
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