New friends, new skills and new experiences – it all happens at the Rainbow Families Resilience Camp.  

We have talked about it for a while, but finally we are putting on a resilience camp for primary school aged children in the Rainbow Families Community. 

A weekend away at Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre from Friday 17th August to Sunday 19th August for primary school aged children and their parents. 

We will be meeting on Friday night at 6pm to catch the ferry across the Hawkesbury River to Milson Island where a welcome dinner awaits. The ferry departs from Brooklyn Wharf - accessible by car or train.

The accommodation is rustic school camp style with everyone in bunk rooms. All meals are provided by the venue and of course dietary requirements will be taken care of.

This camp is all about community, making friend’s and building children’s resilience. The program in based on the Beyond Blue Toolkit for Parents and will have the following goals; building supportive relationships, build autonomy and responsibility, managing our emotions, and create opportunities for personal challenges.

There will be a full planned program for children during the camp. Children will have choice of outdoor group challenges and activities facilitated by a Department of Sport and Recreation Leader, or creative workshops facilitated by Primary School  teacher and Rainbow Families volunteer, Sarah-Louise  Hopkins.  There will be a resilience workshop for parents and children facilitated by Social Worker and Rainbow Families volunteer Vanessa Gonzalez.  Parents will mostly have free to socialise or explore the beautiful natural surrounds.  Prior to the camp you and your child will be asked to set goals to your child.

The Rainbow Families Youth Advisory Council formed in May 2018 and provides an opportunity for our young people to develop leadership skills and advocate on issues they care about. During this camp a Youth Leader from the Council will be allocated to your family. Their job will be to warmly welcome your children and support your children’s participation during the camp. They will be a great source of all things camp information, and keeping up a friendly vibe.    We know that many children and adults with not know each other. We have designed activities to support meeting and making new friends. Come with the spirit of sharing and getting to know your children better, and maybe making some friends yourself. 

The camp is fully catered providing with nutritious and delicious meals. We will arrive on Friday night to a cooked dinner for our group, and our trip will end with a shared lunch on Sunday.

Families stay in comfortable bunk bed rooms with en-suites.  We will book the lodges that can accommodate 4 to a room, 3 and 2 to a room. Pillows are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bags, or sheets and doonas

Campers need to bring all linen, blankets, pillows and towels. 

Tickets are $155 per person. This includes the ferry to and from the island, all meals on the island, two nights accomodation and a weekend full of fun!

This first Rainbow Families Children’s Resilience Camp is made possible by the kind funding from LUSH Cosmetics. A generous funding of $10,000 is contributing towards the cost of putting on this wonderful experience for our community.