WWU Day Camp for Local Youngsters to Benefit South African School

Children attending the “Kids Hoo Care” day camp help fill backpacks with food and school supplies for Lakota Sioux children at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Children attending the “Kids Hoo Care” day camp help fill backpacks with food and school supplies for Lakota Sioux children at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Children in South Africa will be the beneficiaries of a project being planned by William Woods University students.

Participants in Project 123 will hold a day camp “of supervised fun and learning” for local elementary school children Oct. 12. The $10 registration fee will be used to help a school in rural South Africa, a country WWU students will visit next March.

“Kids Hoo Care” day camp will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on the university campus. Hoo is a play on words, referring to WWU’s mascot, the Owls. It means Helping Others Out.

“We want to help your children help others, by teaching them about compassion and respect in the global village,” Ashley Bauer, project coordinator, said. “While having a great deal of fun, your children will learn about respect and kindness.”

During the camp, the children will visit horses in WWU’s equestrian facility, watch a riding demonstration, paint a pony to look like a zebra and take a campus hayride. They will learn about inspirational heroes like Nelson Mandela and Jane Goodall and hear African folk tales while roasting s’mores at a bonfire. They also will make a craft project to send to South Africa and participate in organized games in the World Cup of Fun.

The camp is being organized by students involved in Project 123 at William Woods. Participants give 123 hours of community service

Children learn about Indian culture from Cyndi Koonse, WWU coordinator of multicultural affairs, during Kids Hoo Care Camp last February.
Children learn about Indian culture from Cyndi Koonse, WWU coordinator of multicultural affairs, during Kids Hoo Care Camp last February.

to earn a travel stipend to participate in Woods Around the World. The group will travel to South Africa during spring break next March.

As part of Project 123, students also plan and organize a group project that benefits someone else. This year, any funds raised will help with repairs to Sihlekisi Primary School in a financially challenged area of rural South Africa. They also aim to improve the water supply through acquiring a water tank for the school.

For several years, William Woods University has sent faculty, staff and students on trips through Woods Around the World, led by the Rev. Travis Tamerius, WWU chaplain and director of the Center for Ethics and Global Studies. Their educational and cultural adventures have led them to Peru, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece and Turkey, as well as the Southern United States to follow the Civil Rights Trail.

For more information or to register a child for the minicamp, contact Bauer at albauer@owls.williamwoods.edu or 636-297-6353.