Each year volunteers throughout Senegal organize youth camps for middle-school kids in their regions.
The camps differ in length, size, and other variables, but always center around the theme of youth empowerment. The camps involve playing sports and silly games, but also have educational sessions interspersed throughout the days. Discussions about campers' futures and career goals are as anticipated as games like limbo and three-legged races.
Just like in the US, camp is a time to make friends and learn valuable life skills, while also learning about oneself. It's looked forward to year round by volunteers and campers alike, and after tears are shed on the last morning promising to keep in touch, everyone walks away inspired and full of a newfound sense of responsibility and maturity.
Videos of Velingara Youth Camp taken by Jangle Christensen: