Setting off on a Friday afternoon in mid – October, 10 Brainwave families escaped to the captivating Bass Coast views of UC Camp Grantville Lodge.
With an extensive program planned for the weekend, children and adults alike enjoyed a range of activities that spoiled the senses. Letitia Condron, Music Therapist and Piano Teacher bought families together to experience the joy of music and movement that provided a hugely fun, and inclusive experience. Debra Raboteg from Breath In2 Yoga and her trio of helpers directed us through some gentle Yoga poses, core strengthening exercises, mindfulness and breathing techniques.
Parents had some down time to connect and share stories at Parents Hour while the children were entertained by the team from Maru ‘Go Koalas’ Animal Display. Children were fortunate to get up close with some Australian wildlife including a Dingo, Koala with its own gum tree, and even an 8 week old baby joey!
Despite the weather changing seasons every minute, the UC Camp Grantville campsite provided the perfect bush landscape, twinkling clear skies at night, incredible wildlife, and even a new arrival of a spring lamb!
Families were also treated to a hilarious performance by ‘The Svens’ (aka Paul Bourke and Cam Venn). Much laughter ensued as fictional Marine Biologists, Sven and Sven, took the audience on a highly entertaining underwater submarine adventure to Atlantis with a cameo appearance by Johnny Depp (aka Brainwave’s Program Manager Suzy)! Hugely entertaining, families also learnt about recycling and the effects of plastic on the environment.
Before camp wrapped up on Sunday, the game of Kids v Parents volleyball was an energetic display of connection and bonding – with the UC Camping staff working with the kids towards a close and exhilarating win!
A special thank you to a highly engaged, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable team of UC Camping staff, and John our wonderful volunteer from QBE, and who made sure everyone was supported and having a great time.
One of the Mums described her daughter’s experience at camp: “…She has identified with Brainwave as ‘my organisation’, very aware that it's ok to be different and feels quite special coming to Brainwave events.”
Camp Brainwave was, and will continue to be, a unique experience for all, and a strong example of the power of families supporting families.