Empowering Youth for Positive Change
Founded in 2003, Camp Sizanani Life Skills is an residential camp for young people ages 12-18 in Soweto. We strive to empower campers with the life skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives-- no matter what challenges they face. We believe attending camp can change a child’s life.
Camp Sizanani Life Skills is a registered Non-Profit Organization (NPO) with the Department of Social Development (NPO 125-096) and a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO) with the South African Revenue Service (PBO 930-036-322).
Camp Sizanani Life Skills is a B-BBEE charity. By making a cash donation to a B-BBEE charity, a company may improve its Social Economic Development Score and bolster its overall BEE rating. Camp Sizanani Life Skills will send you a Section 18a certificate for tax benefit to facilitate this.
Camp Sizanani weaves life skills and HIV education into daily activities, along with abundant fun, camaraderie, and adventure. A typical day at camp consists of eight different activity sessions including two sessions that are dedicated to life skills. Daily activities include: swimming, arts and crafts, sports, nutrition, theater, and yoga. Life skills sessions are designed to be engaging and informative about a range of topics including HIV/AIDS, reproductive and sexual health, consent, healthy relationships, and self-esteem.
Camp occurs three times per year, in March, September, and December. Each camper can only attend one session so others will have the opportunity to attend camp. However, after camp ends, campers are encouraged to attend bi-weekly Saturday Youth Clubs to continue the camp experience. Those who have not yet attended Camp Sizanani are also encouraged to attend Youth Clubs. For more information regarding Youth Clubs, read more.
Campers are led through the week’s activities by Vochellis, the Camp Sizanani counselors. Vochellis are young adults from the communities campers live in and many are previous Camp Sizanani campers. If you are interested in joining the Camp Sizanani team as a Vochelli, please apply here.