Camp Kulin 2016 gets off to a big start

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It has been a big start to the year for the Camp Kulin team. Over the past 6 weeks, 179 campers from across the State and 49 volunteer camp counsellors from around Australia have taken part in the nationally recognised program.

179 campers travelled from over 70 suburbs to attend Camp Kulin over the school holidays. This included a number of towns in the Perth Metropolitan Area, as well as campers from Kulin and surrounding towns such as Kondinin, Narrogin, Corrigin, Jitarning and Pingelly and those from regional towns further afield such as Kalgoorlie, Newman, Merredin, Northam, Collie, Williams, Wyalkatchem, Norseman, Kukerin and Merriwa.

49 camp counsellors have volunteered 6132 hours of their time (equivalent to $153,300 of time) to run over 18,000 minutes of activities for our campers this summer. The youngest camp counsellor was 16 years old, and the oldest camp counsellor was 73 years old. Camp counsellors came from right across the state, with 33 Perth metro camp counsellors, 15 regional camp counsellors and 1 interstate camp counsellor who travelled from Melbourne. Camp Kulin staff travelled over 5,000km to pick up camp counsellors and campers from the Perth Metropolitan Area and bring them to camp.

Food wise, Camp Kulin made their way through over 19kg cereal; 100 litres milk; 3,300 pieces of bread; 1290 bread rolls; 14kg margarine; 38 large jars jam/vegemite; 26kg cold lunch meats; 80kg salad ingredients; 1,600 pieces of fruit; 134.2 kg lasagne; 110kg meat; 50kg cheese plus many other ingredients and food. The cleaning team washed over 1000 pieces of linen and cleaned over 420 toilets and showers over the course of the summer.

“Our 2016 Summer Season has been our biggest summer yet by far,” Camp Kulin Manager Tanya Dupagne said. “Demand for the program is at an all time high, and we unfortunately had to turn a number of campers away because we were already full. Some of our campers with additional needs are waiting up to two years to be able to access Camp Kulin.”

The next school holiday camps for Camp Kulin will be run during the April school holidays. The April program will include a camp for 34 children who lost their houses or were affected by the recent Yarloop/Waroona bushfires. Camp Kulin is currently sourcing donations to enable these children to attend free of charge. If you are able to assist, please visit their donation page, www.gofundme.com/campkulin or contact campkulin@kulin.wa.gov.au.