Maryborough BLAST Camp
On Friday the 25th of November 23 young people set off to the Blue Light Youth Camp in Maldon.
Auntie Julie McHALE and Auntie Katherine COFF from NALDERUN out of Castlemaine and District Health Services as well as Auntie Kerri DOUGLAS (KESO) from Goldfields did a tremendous job organising the kids attendance. The camp was targeted at young people who identified as
Maryborough Rotary Club very kindly offered Shane GREEN to run a LIFT
program on Saturday morning for the kids which was really good to see. The kids all took turns in public speaking and working in teams to solve puzzles. They were very challenged and had a look of fun!
One of the objectives of this camp was to pass on some indigenous culture to the kids in a fun and engaging way. People would be very surprised at how often we find young indigenous people who don’t know very much about their culture, we also find that whenever we run these sessions they love it.
Auntie Julie had 3 teachings for the kids to listen to and had them enthralled. Her and Auntie Kerri also performed a welcoming and smoking ceremony. Auntie Kerri taught the kids about aboriginal art.
Before going for dinner the kids had the choice between going for a walk to find the black wattle to make clapping sticks or doing an art session where they got to paint their own boomerang.
Auntie Kath taught the kids and adults about indigenous plants used for cooking and sang an indigenous song prior to everyone making damper and cooking it in an open fire.
They all took part in archery, mini golf, rock wall climbing, air hockey, footy and nerf gun wars. It was a tremendous success.
They all presented Leading Senior Constable Denis Farrell with a painting that each child had placed a hand print on with the words BLAST 2016. He was very moved by it.
WHAT DO THE KIDS SAY?
Great to meet other Koorie kids
I thought the Jacks were just there to catch you doing something wrong, now I know they are really there to help us”
you don’t have to worry about the Police unless you’ve done something wrong
I liked the way the Teachings are linked to geology and proving how long the mob have been here
A BIG THANK YOU
This camp would not have been possible without the generous support of the local community including the Avoca Community Bank who awarded us a grant, Maryborough Rotary, NALDERRUN, Victoria Police, Maryborough Blue Light, Blue Light Victoria, Member for Ripon Louise STALEY and Todd, Denise, Belinda and the food bank for looking after us.
Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers who gave up their weekend to be a part of this camp. LSC Denis Farrell, LSC Bernie COWLEY, LSC Grant POLGLAISE, LSC Rick BOYD, Martin and Graham (from Rotary) thank you all for attending and helping out.
Lastly we need to thank our fantastic camp particpants! We hope that you had a wonderful weekend full of fun, challenges and great learnings about your culture!