Awakenings a life-changing camp for leadership building
THREE Mansfield Secondary College students recently participated in a life-changing leadership camp, thanks to the support of the Bendigo Bank.
Mansfield and District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank sponsored the year 9 students enabling them to attend Camp Awakenings during the last weekend in August.
This is the third year that the bank has sponsored local students to the camp, and the lucky ones this year were Ewan and Freya Gunn, and Luke Nash.
Branch manager Matthew Currie said the sponsorship was part of the bank’s commitment to empower young people in Mansfield and surrounding districts.
“The camp provides its participants with a supportive environment to grow and develop,” Mr Currie said.
“We want to give our youth the best opportunity so they can become the next generation of leaders in our community.
“Camp Awakenings is focused on building support networks for the participants through friendship and trust.”
The Mansfield students certainly felt that the camp fulfilled its aims.
Speaking at the Community Bank’s annual general meeting, Freya Gunn was full of praise for the camp.
“Finding yourself as a person is at the heart of the camp,” Freya said.
“It is so good for developing team building skills and building your confidence with other people.”
For Ewan, confidence in meeting new people and developing social skills were paramount.
“We were put in groups with people we didn’t know and they are now firm friends,” he said.
“When you have to work with people, you bond with them.”
All the students were extremely grateful to the bank for giving them the opportunity to develop their relationship skills and their confidence.
Mansfield and District Community Bank branch’s support is part of an ongoing partnership between Bendigo Bank and the Rotary youth program Camp Awakenings, with support from the Rotary Club of Aspendale.
As part of the partnership 30 Bendigo Bank branches sponsored 56 students to attend the camp at Cave Hill Creek campsite at Beaufort, near Ballarat.
Camp Awakenings’ director Michael Weiser said the camp runs over three days and focuses on students with leadership potential.
“During this time, the students are challenged physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the program,” Mr Weiser said.
The confident and mature students who spoke at the bank AGM certainly showed the benefits of the program.