Kids love Big Day Out

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

SCHOOL is out and kids are squeal­ing with de­light, climb­ing rock walls and on tar­get with archery.

More than 100 kids con­verged at Mun­dub­bera P-10 oval to take part in the Big Day Out, this week.

Big Day Out caters for kids from prep through to high school with ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to build con­fi­dence and team­work while also hav­ing fun.

The day was de­signed to have a sup­port­ive rather than a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“The re­port at lunchtime was that they don’t want to go home,” co-or­di­na­tor Al­lan Cow­burn said.

“The rock climb­ing wall has been a huge hit with a num­ber of kids mak­ing it to the top.

“They don’t just have one go and it has been good to see the pro­gres­sion when their next turn they would go a lit­tle bit higher.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor Sam Sk­er­man, from Vertec Ad­ven­tures, said the ac­tiv­i­ties were por­tals to help the kids de­velop pos­i­tive val­ues.

A sym­bol of a hand was used through­out the ac­tiv­i­ties to re­mind kids to be pos­i­tive.

“These things help us make friends, build the team and help us to work to­gether re­ally well,” Mr Sher­man said.

“We em­power the kids and they work to­gether to try to build these char­ac­ter­is­tics.

“We give them own­er­ship and they hold each other ac­count­able.”

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

TOP OF THE TOWER: Ethan Cle­ment, 9, stead­ies him­self be­fore climb­ing higher at the Big Day Out.

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