Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCARP -

Dur­ing the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end, chil­dren aged be­tween 7 and 12 years were able to take part in the FREE Ed­mund Rice Camps WA Ed­die on the Road pro­gram.

Ed­die on the Road be­gan in mid-2011 as Ed­mund Rice Camps WA wished to reach a broader area of com­mu­ni­ties and kids in need. Be­cause of the dif­fi­cul­ties with coun­try kids reach­ing their metropoli­tan camps, this ini­tia­tive al­lows Ed­mund Rice Camps WA to bring the camps to them, ba­si­cally cre­at­ing a trav­el­ling camp where kids from far and wide can be reached, to have fun and make a dif­fer­ence.

There was a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties for lo­cal kids to get in­volved in over the two days, in­clud­ing many typ­i­cal camp ac­tiv­i­ties such as games, sports, arts and crafts, and much more! It’s im­por­tant to note, how­ever, that the pro­gram was not just purely about re­cre­ation, but the vol­un­teers’ role mod­elled good be­hav­iour and lead­er­ship qual­i­ties which were passed onto kids in at­ten­dance.

All re­sources were sup­plied along with ex­pe­ri­enced ERCWA staff and vol­un­teers to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­grams, in part­ner­ship with lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Wa­roona Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

Since 2011, suc­cess­ful pro­grams have been run in Yal­goo, Meekatharra, Leonora, Kal­go­or­lie, Kur­rawang, Brook­ton, Broome, Parabur­doo, Moora and Tom Price and it is hoped that Ed­die on the Road can pro­vide this pro­gram to the Shire in the long-term.

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