Big fun for lit­tle ones

Central and North Burnett Times - - NATIONAL YOUTHWEEK - Kather­ine Kokko­nen kather­ine.kokko­

HOL­I­DAY time will be­come ad­ven­ture time for kids.

An in­flat­able ob­sta­cle course and rock climb­ing wall are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer when New Life Cen­tre hosts the Big Day Out.

Vertec Ad­ven­ture owner Jes­sica Sk­er­man will bring a week of ex­cite­ment to Mun­dub­bera, April 7–11.

Ms Sk­er­man has been run­ning ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties since 1997 and said the week was about cre­at­ing change and pur­pose through ad­ven­ture.

The draw­cards may be the rock climb­ing wall and ob­sta­cle course, but kids come away with more than mem­o­ries of a good time.

“It will be a day of en­cour­age­ment,” she said.

“We of­ten see changes in the kids from the start to the end of the day.

“For some, it will be a re­mark­able change where they come in and they are un­ac­cepted by peers in scholas­tic or sport­ing en­vi­ron­ments, but the mo­ment you get them up on a climb­ing wall, they face the chal­lenges and it gives them a greater rap­port with oth­ers.”

Ms Sk­er­man said the dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment al­lowed kids to build re­la­tion­ships.

Along with form­ing stronger bonds with their peers, ad­ven­ture helped kids to de­velop life skills.

“It will give them con­fi­dence and helps build great at­ti­tudes,” Ms Sk­er­man said. “It in­volves team build­ing and lead­er­ship skills and when kids face fear and over­come it they have a great sense of achieve­ment.”

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