Community Care leadership camp
Twenty boys from our Community Care Program attended a leadership camp. The focus was on the boys and the issues that affect them. The group discussed many different topics and one of them was family structure and what it means to be a boy child/man. This discussion led to interactive discussions and debates about society’s perception of the boy child and the impact of the saying “men don’t cry”. The group agreed that emotional issues and feelings are often left unattended. The fact that boys do not always get the emotional support or help they need can lead to boys turning to alcohol, drugs and violence. “I learned how important it is to talk about challenges and that there are many of my peers who struggle with the same problems as me”, was one of the comments made.
The boys enjoyed the camp and had the opportunity to talk and express themselves freely. Serious conversations around leadership skills, career choices, online safety, relationships and adolescence were held. Games were played and the boys especially found the guidance around the use of vision boards valuable. The weekend ended with a spiritual session. “It was during the spiritual session that I realized again that I have a lot to be grateful for”, was one of the comments made by a boy. When asked about the highlight of the camp, another replied “The fact that we were all boys and could speak freely was wonderful and it was nice that all the attention was on us as boys”.