Satellite’s School Holiday Camp July 2019

Satellite Camps are part of a network of activities/programs we strive to run for children and young people who have a parent with a mental illness.

Camps are an amazing platform to provide opportunities for respite for young people while also offering a chance to meet and connect with new friends who may share similar experiences. Camps provide a safe environment to facilitate discussions about mental illness and a space to express feelings, worries and concerns. They are also, most importantly, a place to have TONNES OF FUN!

In the most recent July school holidays we ran a children’s camp for eighteen incredible young people and a team of equally amazing camp leaders, peer leaders and volunteers who kept us energised, laughing and feeling in the camp spirit!

Over the three days at the awesome Urban Camp in Parkville we did so many things including going to the Melbourne Zoo, a taekwondo workshop, playing tonnes of board games, jewellery making, pot planting plus arts and crafts, badge-making, a movie night, a disco and just hanging out together as a wonderfully diverse, funny and open group.

We are so grateful to everyone who gave their time, energy and support and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped coordinate all the travel, organisation and communication to make it possible for people to come from so many different parts of Melbourne and Regional Victoria. A massive thank you to our leaders for your enthusiasm, kindness and warmth. You all rocked!

We also want to say a huge thank you to the families and young people who shared their trust in us – it is so brave coming into a new space, a new place with people you don’t know and you were all extraordinary. It was an absolutely wonderful time and experience!