Youth Week is a project of the Youth for Christ ministry in South Africa. Every year about 650+ young people from all over southern Africa get together for this amazing event. But where did it all start?

Youth Week was the brain child of Dennis House and the first Youth Week was held at Carmel near George in 1963. The following year (January 1964) it was held at Maselspoort near Bloemfontein in the Free State province. It later moved to Hartebeespoort Dam (North west) where a large marquee tend was erected near the dam, then moved to CYARA and the marquee was erected just north of the current “Barn”.

When Vernon Dinkelman donated the present YFC-CYARA site, it has been held there ever since.


Contingents are the areas in southern Africa where campers come from. Everyone on camp is divided into 4 or 5 contingents.

Each contingent gets a name, mascot, and colour that identifies them as a group. Contingents are designed not only to assign each camper to  leaders, but also to determine sports teams during Youth Week.

Which contingent will I be in?

Your assignment to a contingent is dependent on where you live. Contingent leaders are responsible for local transport and will have all the information regarding costs.

List of Contingents:


Areas: Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, and all other inland areas
Contact: Lauren Haworth
Tel: (014) 576 2131


Areas: Western Cape
Contact: Claudine Gassibe
Tel: (021) 552 5616

Areas: Western Cape (Cape Town)
Contact: Lauren Haworth
Tel: (014) 576 2131

Area: Eastern Cape – Knysna
Contact: Philip Schroder
Tel: (044) 382 2624

Area: Eastern Cape – Graaff-Reinet
Contact: Ingrid Kingwill

Area: Eastern Cape
Contact: Dean Edwall
Tel: (044) 874 2624

Area: Kwa-Zulu Natal
Contact: Moses Mkhwanazi
Tel: (033) 940 0050


Area: Botswana
Contact: Emily Liddiard


Area: Mozambique
Contact: Beto Guambe
Tel: +258 (0) 82 983 9650

Area: Swaziland
Contact: Bongani Dlamini

Area: Lesotho
Contact: Lineo Lekhotsa
Tel: +266 (0) 58 014 779

Area: Zimbabwe
Contact: Sheunesu Masuka


Click to download these forms:

Before you register, please make sure that you are between 13 – 22 years old during the week of Youth Week. IMPORTANT: We will check your ID when you arrive at camp!

Cost of Youth Week

R940 for the whole camp if you pay a deposit of R450 by 10 December to secure your place. (Contact the Contingent leaders if applicable as there might be a slight variable in price for different regions due to travel costs)

We cannot guarantee we will have space if you register after that date but registrations will be open until 28th December.

How to register?

1. Directly with the YFC-Cyara Campsite:
You can either do this online or download the application forms. You only have to do one of these methods. You will receive an email (so make sure your details are correct) or in case you do not have an email, you will receive an SMS to let you know what documents we still need and once we have received all the necessary documents just as a final confirmation.

2. Through your local contingent leader:
If your contingent has a contact person on the page, then you can register through them. They are also the person to speak to regarding local transport from that area to Youth Week and the costs. If you still prefer to register through the online system, that is okay, we forward your application to the relevant contingent leader and they will also give you a call.

3. Youth Groups:
If you are a youth pastor / leader / pastor and you want your youth group to come together, we have a deal for you! Send an email to the Youth Week office with your church name, your name & contact details, your pastor’s name & contact details.

Don’t forget…

Send us a copy of your ID / Birth Certificate
Send us any important / applicable medical information (eg card, conditions, etc)

Banking Details:

Bank: Standard Bank
Acc Name: YFC Training Centre
Acc Number: 021 347 425
Branch: Key West
Br Code: 015 841
Reference: YW Your Name


Person: Lauren Haworth
Phone: +27 (0) 14 576 2131
Fax to Email: +27 (0) 86 659 3970

Online Registration

You can register online but you’ll still need to fill in the indemnity form (download here) and bring it with to Youth Week.



Cell Number:

Alternative Number (optional):

Email (optional):




Church (optional):

Home Address:

Require Transport?

Upload ID or Birth Certificate:

Upload Medical details (optional):

Upload Proof of Payment (optional):

Do you confirm the above information and documents as legitimate and correct?


Youth Week takes place at the YFC Cyara campsite in Magaliesberg.


YFC-Cyara (Youth for Christ Training Centre)

GPS Co-ordinates:

S 25.927481, E 27.602806
S 25° 55’ 38.9” E 27° 36’ 10.1”

Route Map

Google map here
Bing map here