There are few words that can describe the FIRST EVER Kookaburra Kids camp for the Northern Territory, however MARVELLOUS, MIND-BLOWING, and MAGNIFICENT definitely come to mind.
Over the first weekend in June, 23 local Defence children joined 19 enthusiastic and skilled volunteers for their very first Kookaburra Kids camp.
The weekend began in a flurry of glitter and smiles as the kookaburra kids enjoyed a selection of crafts and ice breaker games. On Saturday, the children (and volunteers) challenged their resilience with a range of activities including high ropes course, rock climbing, radio orienteering, and a team catapult fight! Everyone did such a great job of encouraging one another to try new things, and cheers of support could be heard throughout the campsite.
Later that evening, the Kookaburra Kids filled the hall with mattresses (and popcorn) as they enjoyed watching Despicable Me 3.
In addition to the fun activities, a major highlight from camp was the Chat Group sessions, held both days over the camp weekend. During Chat Group, the children had an opportunity to learn more about mental illness in an age appropriate manner, while also discussing the support networks available to the children, and the ways in which they can take care of themselves. Each of the children left camp with their Kookabook – their Chat Group manual – to refer to in the days and weeks following camp, and a hand stitched teddy crafted by the generous craft group from the Veterans Australia Darwin Branch.
The days after camp saw an influx of messages from families expressing the fun the kids had on camp over the busy weekend. We hope the Kookaburra Kids and leaders are resting up and recuperating because our next camp is coming up quickly, and more fun is guaranteed!
This camp was for children from a serving or ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) family.
The Kookaburra Kids Program for Serving and Ex-Serving ADF Families is funded by the Australian Government.