Wild Ones venture to Camp Kanga

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Wild Ones Ad­ven­ture pro­gram kicked off their week­end with an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Camp Kanga near the Peter Faust Dam for their fi­nal cam­pout of the year.

On Satur­day, the ex­cited group of 31 chil­dren hit the gi­ant out­door ob­sta­cle course, en­joyed a freestyle dance off with Kossy Hale­mai from Zumba Fit­ness Whit­sun­days, tu­gof-war com­pe­ti­tions, soc­cer matches and a scav­enger hunt with metal de­tec­tors.

At night they gath­ered around the camp fire telling hor­ror sto­ries and toast­ing marsh­mal­lows be­fore run­ning wild for the glow stick party.

The fol­low­ing day, the Wild Ones packed up the camp­site and hiked to Peter Faust Dam for the af­ter­noon be­fore re­turn­ing home.

Wild Ones co-or­di­na­tor Ron Pet­ter­son said the ad­ven­ture pro­gram had started with 30 chil­dren and had dou­bled to 60 mem­bers since Term 1.

“I was sur­prised by the over­whelm­ing suc­cess of Wild Ones but I think that in­di­cates just how im­por­tant it is for the com­mu­nity to have in­ter­ac­tive, out­door pro­grams avail­able for our youth,” he said.

“The kids are keen for next year and we al­ready have a great list of ac­tiv­i­ties in the pipe­line.”

Through­out the year, Wild Ones Ad­ven­tur­ers have en­joyed hikes in the Whit­sun­day re­gion, ori­en­teer­ing, craft nights, cy­clone preparation work­shops, fish­ing trips and other fun games.

Mr Pet­ter­son thanked the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity and busi­nesses for their sup­port.

The Wild Ones Ad­ven­ture pro­gram is open to chil­dren aged eight to 12 years and will be back in ac­tion in the first week of school term for 2014.

For more in­for­ma­tion, contact on Ron Pet­ter­son on 0488 449 484, cade­fox@gmail.com or the Whit­sun­day PCYC on 4948 1144.

FUN IN THE SUN: Wild Ones Ad­ven­tur­ers Rachel Hutchin­son, Ri­ley Pet­ter­son, TJ Pet­ter­son, Lara Brienesse and Jorja Rose were gear­ing up to tackle Camp Kanga's out­door ob­sta­cle course on the week­end.

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