Holiday camp unplugs kids from tech gadgets

Tuesday, 17 April 2018
BREATHER...Holiday camping opportunity for kids to explore BREATHER...Holiday camping opportunity for kids to explore

These coming school holidays, ESTeRES Boutique Agency has got your children covered. The local agency is hosting three holiday camp events. 

The third edition of the kiddies’ camp will once again be held in Sasakwe. The camp is open to children aged between 5 and 10 years. Activities to look forward to include Arts & Crafts, Games, Hiking, Yoga, Story Telling, Team Building excersises, Dance, Star Gazing, Cloud Watching and Cookery. 

Campers will be provided with free transport to and from the venue and all meals are provided. Halaal meals are also available on request. The event takes place on the weekends of April 21 and 22nd, 28*29th and May 5 and 6th. Organiser, Michelle Phetlhe, explains that the event seeks to give parents the opportunity to take a breather, while allowing children to do something a little different during the school holidays. 

Phetlhe explains that today, children spend so much of their time on technological gadgets and hardly have time to just be children, and explore the world around them in the right setting. “As children spend so much time indoors these days, holiday camp provides a wonderful opportunity to get outside and explore freely,” she says.

Other benefits of the camp include developing confidence, enhancing social skills, and unplugging from technology. 

“Coming to holiday camp means joining our community where everyone must agree to cooperate, understand and respect each other. When they live with others, kids share duties and chores, resolve conflict, and see firsthand the importance of good communication,” she explains.

Before parents worry about letting go of their children and being far away from home, Phetlhe explains that to start with, they are only taking a small number of children, 14 in total. This she says, allows them to give all the children attention and ensure that they all have as much fun as possible and take part in all activities. 

They have teacher aides who will assist the children with whatever help they need. But she says that the plan is to get the children to be as independent as possible, and that in the instances where they might require help, teacher aides will be on hand to assist. 

The venue is an estate situated 30 kilometres from Gaborone. The estate has chalets with en-suite bathrooms, a main house with a kitchen (where meals will be prepared), and a braai area for bonfires and outdoor cooking. 

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