Ac­tion-packed term for Wild Ones now

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

CHIL­DREN from around the Whit­sun­days have been sign­ing up for a new term of ex­cite­ment with the PCYC-based ad­ven­ture group Wild Ones.

The Wild Ones will meet for their first ses­sion of the nine-week term tonight at the PCYC at 5.30pm and co-or­di­na­tor Ron Pet­ter­son says there are still spa­ces avail­able for boys and girls aged eight to 12, who want to come along.

“I think we’re up to about 40 kids but we’ve still got room,” he said.

Over the com­ing term Mr Pet­ter­son says the Wild Ones will ex­pe­ri­ence a range of ac­tiv­i­ties that are “a bit of fun and a bit of ed­u­ca­tion as well”.

Wild Ones will en­joy work­shops with the lo­cal po­lice, fire, SES and am­bu­lance ser­vices, which Mr Pet­ter­son hopes will teach them “knowl­edge and re­spect for the com­mu­nity ser­vices”.

“They get to meet the lo­cal heroes – the peo­ple that look af­ter them when things go wrong,” he said.

“And you never know, it might spark an in­ter­est and they might join up one day.”

Other fun ac­tiv­i­ties this term in­clude a Hip Hop dance night and a roller skate and bar­beque event.

“We’ve also got Rob Bredl, the bare­foot bush­man, com­ing out for a night to bring out some lo­cal wildlife – snakes and crocs – so the kids get to ex­pe­ri­ence that and it’s ex­clu­sive to Wild Ones,” Mr Pet­ter­son said.

The term is sched­uled to fin­ish with a camp-in and movie night at the be­gin­ning of April.

Join­ing the Wild Ones costs $100 per term. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the PCYC on 4948 1144 or Ron Pet­ter­son on 0488 449 484 or email cade­fox@gmail.com.

EX­PLOR­ING CRE­ATIV­ITY: Last year's Wild Ones Jai San­der, Adelie Dug­gan, Ri­ley Pet­ter­son, Grace Sta­ton, Jordan Creighton and Con­nor Turner en­joyed a craft ses­sion at Bun­nings Ware­house - just one of many fun ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised for the group.

COM­MU­NITY FO­CUS: This term the Wild Ones will fo­cus alot on com­mu­nity and emer­gency ser­vices. Here, Wild Ones mem­bers Coby Barker and Lach­lan Brienesse are pic­tured with group co-or­di­na­tor Chayse Leith and An­drew San­der from the SES, try­ing out a spe­cial sling­shot dur­ing a pre­vi­ous cy­clone prepa­ra­tion ses­sion.

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