History of Wortelgat

In his search for a campsite for the Students Christian Association in the Western Cape (now SCO) George Fehrsen found the Wortelgat property.

Realising it to be beyond the reach of students, he with friends set about forming the See – Eike Trust (Pty) Ltd to take ownership of the Wortelgat and mountain properties, with the vision to establish a Christian camp and conference centre, where shareholders gave this their generous support and are good stewards of the natural beauty.

Following the approval of subdivision of the Wortelgat property to enable shareholder and camp site ownership, the See – Eike Home Owners Association was formed to manage all the activities of the home owners and the remainder of the property.

The Wortelgat Outreach Trust formed in 1997 to enable management to focus on the implementation of the vision, to take ownership of the properties used for the camping activities and also to benefit from the tax provisions for Non Profit Organisations.

The first fulltime staff were appointed simultaneously and building development accelerated. Progressively a wide range of equipment was added and the introduction of well-trained fulltime programme facilitators pioneered.