Camp includes everyone

November 15, 2017

Back left to right: Laurie Norgate, Charles Tomlin, Cody Connelly, Gus Ryan, Nick HarbrowMiddle left to right: Nathan Hendrie, Stephen Martin, Lisa Oliver, Matthew Nieuwenhout, Kerry WattsFront left to right: Darci Mayfield, Peter Fitzpatrick, James Parr, Tori Hehir, Faye Downie.

Cobram and District Specialist School students took a walk on the wild side when they visited Licola Wilderness Village near Traralgon as part of a three-day special needs program.

Licola Wilderness Village is an all-access camp owned by the Lions club, where for 40 years they have run camps for special needs groups and disadvantaged children.

Students were challenged to push themselves at adventure activities such as archery, flying fox, giant swing, bush cooking, canoeing and a low-ropes course.

Teacher Lisa Oliver said her students were ‘‘bouncing up and down’’ with excitement during the camp.

‘‘It was just awesome — it gave all the students in my classroom access to activities they don’t usually get to,’’ she said.

There were many first experiences for the students, especially for wheelchair-bound Darci Mayfield who was able to join in canoeing, the flying fox and giant swing with the camp’s wheelchair accessible equipment.

‘‘The look on his face is something we won’t forget and the kids were so excited for him,’’ Ms Oliver said.

‘‘He always misses out, so it was amazing to see him joining in.’’

Staff and students enjoyed some of the extra activities the camp has to offer like mini golf, disc golf, bouldering wall and the obstacle course.

‘‘The food and hospitality at the camp was amazing and we even had a concert organised for us on the last night,’’ Ms Oliver said.

‘‘We are extremely grateful to the local Lions clubs who helped make this camp possible as it gave our students the opportunity to access activities that they might otherwise have missed out on.’’

The school is a Leo Club, which is under the umbrella of the Cobram Lions Club.

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