Kids enjoy wilderness camp


More than 100 sponsored children have just completed an exciting week of activities at Lions Licola Camp in East Gippsland.

From local primary schools, Ollie, Jack, Brock, Albert, Blake, Harry and Rhys participated in team building exercises and at times extended their comfort zones.

Of the 20-odd activities, the giant swing, the leap of faith, the flying fox and canoeing were the most popular. Other activities included raft building, rock climbing and the entertaining group concert.

The children lived in small cottages, supervised by dedicated volunteers and enjoyed wonderful meals in the large dining room.

“The staff members at Licola were very supportive of the children, with positive guidance and energy,” Lions Club of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads member John Claringbold said.

“They encouraged the children to do their best and to support their team members in the various activities.

“Lions Licola is a wonderful experience for everyone, where positive feedback is demonstrated with a small awards ceremony each morning. Being awarded a ‘scarecrow’ was very special.

“These children did the extra things for their friends and their group in the cottage and in the daily challenges.”

Each year Lions sponsor local children to attend the camp. Sponsors were Bellarine Property, RT Edgar, Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads Pharmacy, Direct Chemist Outlet Ocean Grove Marketplace and a local family.