One way to ensure the ongoing protection of our mountains is to nurture the next generation of nature lovers. The Cape Town Section of the MCSA therefore has two extremely active programmes aimed at getting youngsters exposed to the natural beauty around us.
MCSA Outreach helps grow future mountaineers by exposing youngsters to the mountains and the natural environment.
Many people growing up in sight of the Cape’s awesome mountains have little chance of experiencing their freedom and beauty first hand.
The Cape Town Section has therefore been operating an Outreach Programme since 2002. Over the years, MCSA volunteers have taken many groups from disadvantaged communities hiking in Table Mountain National Park.
We work with schools, youth groups and programmes and children’s homes on a long-term basis to give these chosen youngsters as many opportunities as possible to be outside, grow their confidence and learn to value and preserve our natural environment.
Outreach is run by volunteers, mostly MCSA members, but non-members are also very welcome – we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to meet the demand. Hikes take place almost every week for 4-5 hours on Saturday mornings. We also run some overnight camps and hikes.
Check the Calendar for the next Outreach hike.
The Cape Town Section’s Youth Programme helps youngsters aged 8 to 18 to discover what exciting adventures can be had outdoors. It aims to liberate them from their electronics and games and encourage a deeper understanding of and respect for nature and our wilderness – or, more simply, get them into climbing harnesses and out into the mountains.
Most activities involve outdoor climbing days at local crags and boulders, as well as weekend Youth Camps, which are a combination of climbing and environmental education. The outings look at the lifestyle aspects of outdoor climbing (sport and bouldering), as well as the impacts these recreational activities have on our environment.
MCSA members’ children are given priority but members of Western Cape Climbing are currently also welcome for the next 12 months.
Check the Calendar for the next Youth meet.