THE PORTSEA Camp is back – putting an early call out for much-needed volunteers from Kyabram.
Held during the September holidays for 13 to 16-year-olds, the camp invests in the lives of teens doing it tough.
“We take children from across the state who are rurally isolated, disadvantaged and special needs. Some of them have never even seen the sea,” Kyabram area camp organiser Avis Weller said.
“Over 60 adults volunteer at each camp as leaders, providing recreational programs, supervision and pastoral and medical care.
“They are amazing people from diverse backgrounds who come together to ensure the kids have the best time ever – they are the backbone and the spirit of the camp.”
Providing camps to children for over 70 years, the Portsea Camp is held on the bay at Portsea in the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.
Ms Weller said the impact the camp has had on kids’ lives was immeasurable.
“Volunteering at the camp is a great opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life,” she said.
“You can’t underestimate the joy that comes from watching children blossom in a fun and supportive environment.
“As adults we value the importance of getting a break and trying new things. Well, it’s just the same for kids. Sometimes a break from things that aren’t going so well at home can make all the difference.”
The Portsea Camp provides accommodation, all meals, and where possible assists with transport.
For more information visit www.theportseacamp.com.au or contact Avis Weller, Kyabram Area Organiser on 0409 438 386.