Over the last two years, CWBR has been partnering with The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment to organise overnight hikes as part of the Adventurous Journey component of The President’s Award Programme (https://www.presidentsaward.co.za/). Last weekend, CWBR hosted a two-day Bronze hike for 4 enthusiastic Cape Town youth currently on their Bronze Level of the Award.
The President’s Award is a youth empowerment organisation which mains “with the assistance of adult volunteer leaders, is to empower young people between the ages of 14 and 25, by providing a balanced, non-competitive framework for self-development that will increase their self-esteem and enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves: enabling them to become responsible active citizens within their communities.”
The minimum age to enrol on the Bronze Level is 14 years old, with the minimum completion age being 14 ½years old. The Bronze Level can therefore take a minimum of 6 months to complete. It is however not compulsory for participants to do hiking as their Adventurous Journey and participants have the choice for the Bronze Level, of either doing a 24-km hike, 80 km cycle, 48 km of horse-ride, 4 hrs per day of canoe, or a 6 hrs per day of sail. The Adventurous Journey durations, distances and requirements then become increasingly more challenging as participants move on to the Silver and Gold levels of the Award.
Last weekend we completed the Adventurous Journey component of the Award with the 4 Capetonians. The aim of this Award is, “To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group.” To meet the minimum Adventurous Journey distance requirements for the Bronze level, the group took on the challenge of completing 24km over the 2 days/1night. The group had a very successful hike and especially enjoyed hiking through the beautiful, spring touched surroundings of Franschhoek. The hike included educational talks on the local plants and dams, picnics with a stunning mountain view, and refreshing swims in the Berg River dam.
After the great success of this Adventurous Journey, the CWBR is definitely looking forward to the next Adventure!