It was that time of the year again – time for the five-day annual West Australian Young Salesian summer camp, which is held at Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup.
With a number of campers from around the suburbs, aged 12 to 15, experienced leaders and adult support, the camp was sure to be a success.
We began our journey like any other, departing by bus to our destination. But what was still to come was what set this camp apart from those before.
Over the five days, campers came to see each other as part of a bigger family – the Don Bosco family.
Many began the camp shy and reserved but, as the days went on, a transformation took place.
An assortment of games, experiences, team-building exercises and activities designed to promote self-esteem, confidence and belonging, helped bring out the strengths of everyone.
The camp integrates the mission of Don Bosco: to cater to youth by blending Christian living via the two Masses held during the week with fun, laughter and games galore.
The camp saw numbers reach a phenomenal 71, the highest intake in almost 10 years and, although the camp may be over, strong friendships were forged.
During the year, the fun and friendships will continue as campers reunite at regular reunions held primarily over the school holidays. Our first reunion will be in less than a week.
By Graham Maher