David Miller to Join Global Camps Africa's Board of Directors

 David Miller with Camp Sizanani Director, Kabelo Malefane, in South Africa

David Miller with Camp Sizanani Director, Kabelo Malefane, in South Africa

Reston, VA. -February 8, 2018  Global Camps Africa (GCA), a non-profit organization based in Reston, has added David Miller to its Board of Directors.  For the past 20 years, David and his  wife, Allison have been the Owners/Directors of Camp Starlight, a private summer camp located in Starlight, Pennsylvania. David truly believes that camp friends are forever and the opportunity to change and impact the lives of campers and counselors is a lifelong dream.  Global Camps Africa uses camp programs to equip South Africa’s vulnerable youth with the tools to lead healthy, empowered lives and make positive impacts on their communities.

David with his daughter, Hayley, who also works at Camp Starlight,  volunteered as a counselor at Camp Sizanani in 2017.  GCA’s President and Founder, Philip Lilienthal, recalls, “David came to camp and instinctively knew what was needed. He is an experienced camp director and knew he wanted to bring his talents to South Africa.”

David says, “The experience of volunteering with my daughter, as a Vochelli at Camp Sizanani in March of 2017 was life-changing.”  After David returned to the US, he wanted to continue to assist Camp Sizanani’s South African camp director, Kabelo, in honing his skills.  David paid for Kabelo to come to the US and visit Camp Starlight and two others American camps, where Kabelo gained experience and knowledge that help him at Camp Sizanani in South Africa.

David is a respected member of a Wayne County Camp Alliance (PA) camp directors group and is a frequent presenter at the Tri-State Camp Conference. He will be joining 13 other Board Members in furthering Global Camps Africa mission to help at-risk children.

About Global Camps Africa

Since 2003, GCA has changed the lives of over 8,500 orphans and vulnerable children through the power of camp.  Camp Sizanani, GCA’s flagship program in South Africa,  provides a safe space for interactive and experiential learning, reflection, and skills-acquisition in a joyful setting. Some examples include:

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention: Safe sex, reproductive rights, safe relationships, testing opportunities and referrals to partner agencies.

  • Self-sufficiency: Financial literacy, entrepreneurship, microfinance, and live-market field test days for alumni and youth-club participants.

  • Healthy Habits: Learning to swim, understanding nutrition, exercise and yoga/meditation practices.

 

For more information, please contact Emily Crowder (emily@globalcampsafrica.org).