YMCA Kids Go Bush is always looking to provide more ways to connect children and youth to the outdoors.
The YMCA Anglesea Surf Coast Outdoor Adventure Kids (SOAK) school holiday program is play-based and youth-led.
YMCA Kids Go Bush is all about fun, but it also promotes skill development in young people, from toddlers to teens.
With different sessions to choose from during the school holidays on certain days of the week, there is something for all young people.
The goal is to bring youth outdoors on different outdoor adventures each day with an unplanned youth-focused schedule throughout the day.
Camp days are suitable for elementary school age and include a selection of cube building, tree climbing, mud play, building your own zip line, nature crafts, bush cooking, mountain biking, rogaining, giant swing, archery, climbing wall, plus lots of fun activities.
Themed activity days include SOAK Does Paddle and SOAK Does Skate, and are designed to allow more time on a single activity to improve skills and learn from passionate instructors.
This holiday, eligible parents and guardians can receive Positive Start funding to attend camps, as part of the Victorian Government’s initiative to re-engage primary and secondary school students to improve their health and wellbeing. emotional and physical as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
At YMCA Anglesea Recreational Camp, students in grades 7-12 can attend a five-day camp full of adventure and primary school students must attend three consecutive day camps to be eligible for funding. Day camps are open to all families, regardless of Positive Start eligibility, everyone is welcome to attend SOAK.
In addition to school holiday day programs, the Anglesea YMCA runs Family Playgroup Events for Adventurers and Early Years Siblings at their Family Connection Events, so if you want to share crafts nature or bush cooking with your mini adventurers, it’s a great way to be supported to go out this winter.
Vacation sessions are a great introduction to early childhood programs or learning about the forest.
Kids Go Bush timed programs include Bush Playgroup on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Bush Kids for preschoolers on Friday mornings. The Forest Independent Learning Program includes Forest Kids on Thursdays for ages 4-9 and Forest Skills for older learners ages 9-14 on Wednesdays. This immersive and experiential outdoor offering is suitable for those out of school and homeschool families and extends the early childhood philosophy of play-based learning, connection with the outdoors, choice and active collaborative play.
If the weather is extreme or uncomfortable, there are indoor spaces and shelters around the camp and indoor adventure activities.
The goal of the programs is to guide independent sustained play, initiating new experiences, challenging comfort zones and learning in the incredible Surf Coast environment along the way.
Reservations are now open at ymcavic.venue360.me/public/events/homepage
For more information phone YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp on 5263 1512, email [email protected]or visit Instagram (@YMCA_KidsGoBush) and Facebook (/kidsgobush)