Wild Ones kick off new year
FAST becoming the most popular youth club in the region, Wild Ones has kicked off for the year, following its first night back last Thursday evening.
More than 80 children turned up for Wild Ones and the Youth Management Team (formerly known as Bridge) for the older children.
Wild Ones is a youth program aimed at preparing the young ones to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which they can start to complete once they turn 17.
“It’s designed for children who aren’t quite old enough to complete the Duke of Edinburgh. There are plenty of outdoor adventures, bush skills, camping and hiking. They went sailing last year and all had a blast,” Wild Ones founder Ron Petterson said.
So popular is the program, other PCYCs in Queensland are beginning to launch their own Wild Ones programs.
“It feels fantastic to have other PCYCs taking this program on. The one in Gladstone has just started up their own one which is great,” Mr Petterson said.
Wild Ones started with 30 children, and its numbers have more than doubled this year.
“On our first night back we concentrated on team-build- ing exercises and games, to get all the children familiar with one another. We try to do something different every week, which really sets us apart from other organisations,” Mr Petterson said.
“It’s a real credit to our leaders. We have 25 of them who come up with new ideas for activities to do and volunteer a lot of their time in helping Wild Ones run smoothly.”
WILD ONES: Xaviar Goswell, Jesse Fresh, Kybie Phillips, Kalan Hyne, Max Mcleod and Lucas Fancke play charades.