Camp! During the August school break each year we sponsor a camp for all the children in the program. If you ask any child what is the best thing about being part of Ngong Road Children’s Foundation they will say “Camp!” It is a chance for the children to get out of their setting and to spend time out of the slums and in a healthy, stimulating environment focused on learning and fun. Camp is divided into four sessions, including:
- Leadership – for students 15 and older who have been selected to be junior counselors. The goal is to explore and discuss characteristics of leadership, using a servant leadership model. Activities strengthen each camper’s leadership abilities and provide training for their job responsibilities once the rest of the campers are present. Leadership training is held outside of Nairobi.
- Seniors – for students age 14 and older (approximately 120 campers). The goal is to provide age-appropriate interactive learning on topics such as human sexuality, job skills and how to think about life after secondary school. In addition, each day includes fun activities, games and a community service project. Seniors is held outside of Nairobi.
- Grammar school – for students age 10 – 13. The goal is to give students their first experience camping away from home. Held at various locations, this session is game-oriented, including swimming instruction (if available) and age appropriate interactive learning.
- Little kids –
- for children 9 and younger. This is a one-day field trip to a special location in the Nairobi area and includes games, letter-writing to sponsors, interactive learning and a special meal.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic camp has been canceled until 2023.
Be a volunteer at Camp!
Camp is staffed by our Case Managers and volunteers from the U.S. and Kenya. Since 2007, over 50 Americans have volunteered at camp. Many have gotten “hooked” and have attended more than once.
All volunteers have used their unique skills to teach classes, run new and creative games, and share new life experiences with the kids. A few examples include a workshop on causes of sexual violence, classes on drawing, biology lessons and writing workshops.
Volunteers, with support from our partner, Wilderness Inquiry (a Minneapolis-based wilderness non-profit travel company), often visit Kenya’s national parks to observe African wildlife or climb parts of Mount Kenya, experiencing bamboo forests and piles of elephant dung for the first time. In some cases their sponsored student joins them.
As one of our American volunteers put it, “When I first arrived in camp, I wondered if I could survive the difficult living conditions at camp. That feeling lasted about one hour and then I realized just how wonderful it was to be around these kids… camp experience is all about the kids. They are very special and I want to come back to camp again…”
If you are interested in joining as a camp volunteer in the future, please email [email protected]. We will be happy to discuss the rigors and opportunities involved in being a camp volunteer and explain the wonderful safari opportunities you should include in a trip to Kenya.