During the summer school holidays, 39 children and young people journeyed with their carers and Westcare staff to Wyuna Camp in Queenscliff.
The camp was an opportunitiy for young people to participate in activities they've never previously engaged in, such as:
- A bike ride to Point Lonsdale
- Beach games and sand castle building
- Canoeing experience on Swan Bay
- Walk to Shortland's bluff along the beach
- Rock pool beach comb
- Camp fire and toasting marshmallows
- Port Phillip boat trip to see the seals and birds in the bay
For program manager, Jill Wain, the camp was an important occasion to draw kids and their carers together in a safe space to enjoy a retreat.
With varied age groups, Jill was pleased to see adolescents "take on the role of leaders" by looking out for the younger children and providing positive role modelling.
As well as bringing Westcare's foster care community together, Jill underscored the importance for young people to build positive connections with children in foster care.
"[It's important for] everyone to mix as a group to help children and young people understand they are not the only ones in care and that there are many other children experiencing the same things, like not living with their birth families."