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“I Am whatever I want to be as long as it's good for me and my community”

Camp I Am™ is a day camp for children in low-income communities, which is held during the school holidays. It's an intentional camp that teaches life skills through an integrated approach that includes academic, athletic, and creative activities.

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Spelling Bee Competitions Begin

Spelling bees are underway across the country and spellers are battling it out at cluster competitions to go on to district bees in the hopes of making the cut for the provincials, which kick off this month.

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Spelling Bee — The Little Engine

The Department of Basic Education held the National Spelling Bee at UNISA in Pretoria on Saturday 29th October with the country’s top 27 spellers in grades 4-6—the provincial spelling bee winners. The competition was tough. In Round 1, only one speller was knocked out; Round 2, same and Round 3– one more.

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Mateo Does His School Proud

For the first time, Mitchells Plain’s Imperial Primary School entered a team in the National Spelling Bee competition. It would prove to be the right decision, as Mateo Joubert, a Grade 5 pupil from the school, went on to win the provincial level of the competition.

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Featured Staff Profiles

McBiel Makoetsa and Sanele Mazimela

Mac and Sanele keep things moving at Camp I Am and they look after the administrative side of things.  Mac is studying for a BA in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg. Sanele is studying for a BA in Accounting at the University of Johannesburg.

Kai Crooks-Chissano

Kai Crooks-Chissano is the creator and Executive Director of Camp I Am. She is a strategic communications and content development specialist with over 20 years experience working in the international development sector as an Advisor for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a UNDP Officer, and consultant to several other UN agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA), multilateral, bilateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and

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Khafra Crooks

Khafra is a St Stithians College (Johannesburg) old boy and University of Nottingham, UK, alumnus. He is a strategy and innovation professional with experience building coalitions by designing, developing, implementing and managing content for social media platforms, programs and projects in the not‐for-profit sector.  Khafra is the designer and webmaster of the Camp I Am website.

Mariah Tshabalala

Mariah Tshabalala is part of the Camp I Am Management Team and coaches the grades 4-5 groups.  She hails from Orange Farm in Johannesburg South and joined the team in 2012 when she worked at Rekgutlile Primary School for the Extra School Support Programme (ESSP) under the Gauteng Department of Education. Mariah is studying for a BA in Primary Health at UNISA.