Last year more than 5000 children and young people participated in a Doxa camp which helped them learn, develop and grow. You might not realise, but our camps receive no government funding and we are entirely responsible for generating income to support running costs.
Right now Doxa subsidises 60% of the standard industry cost of every child that attends the Malmsbury or City Camp. In some instances that amount is higher which means that where possible, no child misses out due to financial disadvantage.
However across our camps things are changing, and we think for the better. Not only has the Malmsbury facility introduced a whole range of exciting new activities, we have also created an innovative Journey Program for Year 7 and 8 students that will guide them through a series of leadership initiatives offsite in the form of an expedition.
The hike itself crosses the Dry Diggings Heritage Trail as students become fully self-sufficient and carry all their required equipment. The focus of the Journey Program is to foster teamwork, enhance leadership qualities, develop interpersonal skills and teach students about local and Indigenous heritage and sustainability through the interaction with the natural environment.
The Malmsbury Camp in rural Victoria now boasts six new high ropes activities including abseiling, the Climbing Tower and the Milk Crate Stack team challenge. The low ropes course was also reinstated with a new framework and apparatus built towards the end of last year.
With the expansion of the offsite Doxa Journey Program and introduction of many new activities at Malmsbury, we are now focused on creating ‘peak experiences’. Peak experiences challenge participants to believe in themselves and build resilience and self-confidence.
Back in Melbourne, the City Camp has some great additions to the already engaging, fun and educational activities currently on offer. With a greater focus on providing campers a valuable insight to the inner city landscape, groups will this year participate in a classroom session with The Big Issue to better understand homelessness and marginalisation in Melbourne. We have also introduced an Urban Scrawl laneway tour to not only showcase some of Melbourne’s renowned street art, but to also facilitate discussions about graffiti awareness and the differences of each.
We have also extended the urban experience to the Melbourne Star, fish and chips at the iconic St Kilda Beach and understanding the sustainability issues of living in Melbourne.
As well as the inclusion of some fantastic new initiatives, the City Camp is now a fully interactive experience. Students are learning more than ever before with the introduction of iPads to add another dimension to their learning and development during their stay in the city.
Feedback from those that participate in a program at any of our camps is overall very positive. The recent expansion of programs, staff and facilities has resulted in a well-rounded camp experience in unique and interactive learning environments.