Firstly we wish to compliment the care and education these young people already receive, while further expanding their horizons through new environments and physical challenges. Each time a child takes part in camp they experience fun, friendship, support, instruction, and respect.
We believe that the impact of these activities on each child's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development is positive and life changing. Our desire is to equip and empower each child to maximize their true potentials in life and transit from being recipients of the local community to becoming significant contributors to the wider society. Themselves becoming 'agents of change'!
Through the simple expression of God’s love and encouragement these children become more self assured and acknowledge their own abilities. There is so much more that camp programs can offer to impact their lives. It allows each individual to mature and grow with a solid foundation. Our goal is for these precious children to have a greater sense of independence, higher level of responsibility and definite level of self-respect. These attributes can be learnt with interaction with team members and tailored skills training incorporated into our programs.
We are also preparing to develop mentoring support for the children so that after camp they can continue to be supported and grow in the areas of development. We wish to raise up local workers who will be able to meet with the young people during the year building lasting relationships. The mentor will focus on strengthening the foundation and to build upon the child’s independence and personal development.
Through bringing the young people into the community we aim to provide a greater awareness of their needs and abilities. Many people are touched by the care that they show each other and the way they overcome daily challenges. Our time with each child is not just about fun although this is a very important aspect of our work. More importantly it is about building blocks for their future.
We understand that each child has a different threshold to what 'challenging' means to them. For some of our campers holding a special pen and colouring can require immense concentration and determination. The level of achievement they experience after completing one drawing may be compared to another child mastering archery.
Our activities cover a wide spectrum of activities from crafts to sports, swimming to low ropes. As the children grow in ability and confidence we are able to incorporate greater challenges. Our desire is to promote their strengths and ability so they can maximise their potential.