Happy Acres is a child-centred field centre with over 70 years of experience in providing an environment for children to learn more about themselves, the environment and how to interact with peers in the Magaliesburg countryside.
Camps are one of the few environments where children can leave their backgrounds, privileged or not, and enter a secure surrealistic world as equals with children from a wide range of backgrounds. A place where youngsters can be themselves, while being encouraged to explore a range of activities.
The structure of the holiday camps is based on several organisations such as boy scouts and American summer camps where children are led under the auspices of an adult in a highly-structured environment. The new programme is designed for each camp to provide schedules for different age groups to ensure that campers of all ages are well cared for, stimulated and entertained.
Some activities involve the entire camp and other sessions are group specific, catering for various age groups and ability levels. The range of the activities may include activities such as group games, outdoor adventures, sports, arts and crafts, walking/hiking, swimming or cook-outs. The organised activities are interspersed with opportunities to build friendships, singing camping songs, swimming, rest time and more.
The children are divided into groups of about ten boys and ten girls of the same age, which are each led by a young boy and girl counsellor who stay with the group throughout the camp. The children sleep in dormitories with their counsellor and fellow campers from their group, with boys’ and girls’ dormitories located on opposite sides of the property. All counsellors undergo training and are selected by their peers before being asked to counsel. They then start out in a junior position and work their way up the hierarchy as they gain experience.
Camp 1: 1 Apr to 8 Apr
Camp 2: 22 Apr to 29 Apr
Camp 1: 24 Jun to 1 Jul
Camp 2: 1 Jul to 8 Jul
Camp 3: 5 Aug to 12 Aug
Camp 1: 30 Sep to 7 Oct
Camp 1A: 9 Dec to 13 Dec
Camp 1B: 13 Dec to 16 Dec
Camp 2A: 20 Dec to 23 Dec
Camp 2B: 9 Dec to 23 Dec
Venue: Happy Acres, R24, Magaliesburg
Cost: R20 – R3 500