Freedom Camp and Hike 2021, a success



Over a 120 participants took part in the Freedom Camp and Hike 2021 held at the Botsalano Game Reserve. The main purpose was to teach survival skills and arouse a sense of adventure and care for the environment as well as local tourism. Picture by TM

Tsetse: Youth development organisation, Street KID Media Foundation through Tsetse Ville Scouts has thanked all the sponsors and participants of the Freedom Camp and Hike 2021. The liberation route and commemorative programme took place from April 27 to May 1 at the Botsalano Game Reserve.

The event began with a 35 KM hike to Botsalano Game Reserve from the organisation’s headquarters in Tsetse Village, Mahikeng on April 27, with hundred and twenty (120) participants both youth and adults. This was to commemorate Freedom Day which represents the liberation of South Africans from an oppressive system and marked the beginning of a democratic and all inclusive nation.

Scouter’s from Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Ganyesa, Vryburg and Zeerust District Scouts as well as the NWU Rovers Scouts and individual Scouts leaders from the North West Regional leadership who took part and conducted most of the activities of the camp.

“We thank all the sponsors and participants, particularly the Scouts who took charge of the programme. Specifically the Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Ganyesa, Vryburg and Zeerust District Scouts as well as the NWU Rovers Scouts and individual Scouts leaders from the North West Regional leadership who took part and conducted most of the activities of the camp. We thank you for your selfless leadership. Our sponsors:- The North West Parks Board, The South African Defence Force, Spar, Hydra Aid and Man 2 Man for their continued support as well as the communities and schools that took part in the 2021 event” said Lekopane Nkisa.


Participants of the Freedom Camp and Hike 2021 take on the 35 km hike from Botsalano Game reserve on Workers Day, May 1 as commemoration of International Labour Day. “The route used is one of the liberation routes used by youth leaving the country to join the armed forces of APLA and MK”. Picture by TM

The 5 day survival camp is a critical programme that looks to develop leadership, fosters social and life skills among its participants who are put through daily challenges as part of the programme; this allows them to break out of their shells and to collaborate and work with others to survive. The event ended with another 35km hike back to Six hundred and Tsetse Villages respectively. The reason behind this hike is to commemorate International Workers Day; participants are encouraged to value those that work in their families to bring food on the table, as well as provide for their needs. After 5 days away from the comforts they are used to, they get to go back to appreciate what they have.

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