Camp in­cludes ev­ery­one

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

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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