Awak­en­ings a life-chang­ing camp for lead­er­ship build­ing

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

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.

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