Yooralla's annual Super Camp extravaganza!
DATE: 25 July 2017
This school holidays over 30 young Victorian people with disability took part in Yooralla's annual Super Camp extravaganza! Held in Parkville's Urban Camp accommodation, the Super Camp festivities took place over three nights and four days.
Yooralla Recreation Coordinator, Eleanor Keam, said that every year the camp is an opportunity for children and young adults with disability to come together, meet new people and take part in heaps of fun activities.
"The Super Camp is a perfect opportunity for customers of all ages and areas of Victoria to come together and share in a unique camp experience," Eleanor said.
"This year we went on excursions to Melbourne Zoo, the movies, trampolining, and a few of our customers braved the chill and visited the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market.
"We offered some great incursions too, like karate lessons and arts and crafts, which gave our customers a chance to try something new in a supported environment that they may not otherwise get a chance to do.
"One afternoon we all let our hair down and had a bit of a dance to the tunes of DJ Ben, a Yooralla customer, who also happens to be a hell of a DJ."
"The variety of activities on offer meant that customers could choose exactly what they wanted to do. Customers who wanted to relax could hang out in the 'book nook' or movie room," Eleanor said.
Eleanor also said camp goers were equally as excited to spend quality time together and build new friendships.
"It was really special to see everyone making new friends and connecting with staff members they may not have worked with before," continued Eleanor.
"All of the recreation coordinators noticed how well everyone got along which is completely reflective of what Yooralla is all about – promoting diversity and equality for all.
According to one of Yooralla's Leisure Access Workers, Robert Denney, feedback from customer's families was really positive too.
"Sending your child to camp for four days is a big thing and I think it's a testament to our staff members that the parents felt comfortable doing this.
"Families told me how grateful they were for a chance to spend time with their other children, be a bit more spontaneous and enjoy a sleep-in," said Robert.
The camp wouldn't be possible without the support of hard working volunteers, like Bri George, who has been volunteering for Yooralla's recreation services since 2013.
Bri said she really enjoyed the work experience that volunteering with Yooralla provided her and would love to do more of it in the future.
"On the first day we made personalised posters for the customers bedroom doors and on days two and three we did some beading and jewellery making," said Bri.
"Beading was really popular with the customers because it was a new activity for a lot of them and they like to try new things".
"I've already signed up to be a part next year's Super Camp events," said Bri.
Yooralla is dedicated to creating adventure, relaxation, fun, health and wellbeing through social and recreational activities. Our recreation services can support you to participate in any recreational pursuits you enjoy.
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