Wild Ones kick off new year

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

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.

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