South West Youth Camp a hit!

What an awe­some Youth Camp we had this year – 50 youth (13–16yrs) and 9 team lead­ers!

Our campers enjoyed abseil­ing, caves, team build­ing chal­lenges, hot cooked din­ners, camp fires, friend­ships, most­ly fine weath­er and dare I say it, walk­ing sec­tions of the Cape-to-Cape!!

Thanks Mandy Lee, Julie Rap­ley and ECU stu­dents Tay­la Nash and Kate Rogers for help­ing clean up and check over all the tents pre-camp.

A big shout out to Mark Cleary and Jim Bak­er for dri­ving up on the Tues­day to set up our base and pass on some much val­ued intel on how to actu­al­ly do it for future! With over a decade of camps under their belts, it’s been an awe­some set­up each year, from cook ups to charg­ing sta­tions – the camps would not have been com­plete with­out them.

Thanks to Mandy Lee for organ­is­ing the bus­es, accom­mo­da­tion, cave book­ings and the extra tent and seat pur­chas­es.

Thanks to our new­bie team lead­ers Emma Bam­forth and Clay­ton Mil­lar — with a sim­ple “you’re OK to walk with the group” which quite lit­er­al­ly meant just that! Top effort from their encour­age­ment and com­pas­sion for some, at times quite need­ed moti­va­tion along the walks — well done! Trevor Bul­ley also a new­bie to the camp pro­vid­ed his vehi­cle for use and a you-beaut tele­scope that the campers were able to view Sat­urn and the like through! Rob Amos returned this year and towed the gear trail­er for us, his con­tri­bu­tion and humour well val­ued by the group. Our Bus dri­vers this trip were return­ing Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki and new to the camp Phill Dee, trans­port­ing the campers to and from the var­i­ous activ­i­ties safe­ly and effi­cient­ly. Both Phill and Trevor also man­aged a few walks in there also. I’d like to men­tion these two mem­bers who were also part of our team leader group — Jett Mitchell and Ash­lyn Bul­ley. Hav­ing attend­ed the camp in pre­vi­ous years as campers – this year going the extra step to give back as camp lead­ers ably assist­ed by fel­low youth camp vet­er­ans (ha ha, sounds kind of weird call­ing 16 year olds vets!!) Ellie Mar­low and Aaron Gigney — their youth, guid­ance and enthu­si­asm were tremen­dous­ly received and appre­ci­at­ed by all.

Sandy Clarke
Camp Coor­di­na­tor

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