60 at­tend chil­dren’s camp with a twist

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CHIL­DREN from the St Ge­orge district have trav­elled more than 120km to par­tic­i­pate in a four-day camp with a quirky twist this month.

The Iso­lated Chil­dren’s Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion breaker camp, held at St Ge­orge Cul­tural Cen­tre, was de­signed to bring to­gether chil­dren in the district and ex­pose them to a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties they’d nor­mally be un­able to try.

About 60 chil­dren, aged 5–12 years, im­mersed them­selves in ac­tiv­i­ties such as a cir­cus work­shop, Lego ro­bot­ics, soft­ball, ten­nis, art and swim­ming.

ICPA pres­i­dent and or­gan­iser Tracey Arm­strong said her ex­pe­ri­ence as a child in a re­mote com­mu­nity drove her to run the camp.

“As a child I used to love the Pri­or­ity Coun­try Area Pro­gram camps that used to be run in our small com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“These were the camps I re­mem­ber from my child­hood and loved them.

“As a dis­tant ed­u­ca­tion fam­ily with chil­dren in pri­mary school I wanted that same op­por­tu­nity for my chil­dren, and see­ing them and other chil­dren ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to breaker camp brings great joy to my heart.”

“We have been blessed to have great coaches teach the chil­dren dif­fer­ent skills and sports they couldn’t nor­mally ac­cess.

Mrs Arm­strong thanked par­ents and vol­un­teers who helped cook and su­per­vise chil­dren dur­ing the camp.

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