Outdoor Education Centres | Western Cape Government

Outdoor Education Centres

Outdoor Education

Children need to be happy and healthy to thrive and achieve at school. Outdoor activities offer an opportunity for a balanced educational experience for your child. Unfortunately, children tend to spend more time sitting indoors engrossed in modern technology.

Allowing a child to experience the outdoors through camping or at an outdoor education centre will expose them to activities that they wouldn’t have in the cities or the suburbs. The skills they learn at outdoor education centres are valuable problem-solving skills that they will use in a real-world setting later in life.

Outdoor education centres will teach your child to appreciate nature and will contribute to a well-balanced and stimulating lifestyle.

The other benefits of outdoor education for your child:

  • It will enhance their personal and communication skills.
  • It will improve their physical health.
  • It will improve their mental well-being.
  • It will help develop their self-esteem.
  • They’ll learn to co-operate with and respect the needs of others.
  • They’ll develop an understanding of their environment.
  • They’ll learn practical problem solving and team work skills.

If you’re an educator, or a youth leader, and would like to allow your pupils to experience the outdoors, there are 2 outdoor education centres to choose from in the Western Cape:

  • Jeugtrust, and
  • SOS Outdoor Centre 


The Western Cape Jeugtrust is a registered school supported by the Western Cape Education Department. The outdoor centre comprises of 4 different campsites (Jonkershoek, Melkbosstrand, Bainskloof, and Bergkroon) where learners are taught about the indigenous plants and animals of the region. One, two or three day outdoor educational programs are available for groups.

If you would like more information about Jeugtrust feel free to contact:

Tel: (021) 887 1304 / 887 1361
Fax: (021) 887 1508
Email: admin@jeugtrust.co.za

SOS Outdoor Centre 

SOS Outdoor Centre is situated 7km outside Villiersdorp and only an hour’s drive from Cape Town. During the week, SOS offer School in the Wilds, a fully catered educational camp for Grade 3-7 learners from all over the country. The programme gives pupils the chance to experience and learn about nature first-hand.

On weekends and during the school holidays, SOS campsites can also be booked for school, church or sport camps. This can be done on a self-catered or fully catered basis. A minimum of 35 people is required to book a campsite.

For more information about bookings and pricing:

Tel: 087 550 1220
Fax: 086 570 7986
Cell: 079 433 8755
E-mail: info@soswild.org.za

The content on this page was last updated on 24 October 2019