LICOLA WILDERNESS VILLAGE
Celebrating 50 years!
Licola is a small and attractive village beside the Macalister River, 254 kilometres east of Melbourne. The township of Licola is owned entirely by the Lions Clubs of Victoria and Southern New South Wales. It is the only privately owned town in Victoria and the only one not on mains power. The town generates its own power, pumps and treats its own water and is also responsible for its waste management.
The greater part of the town is occupied by the Licola Wilderness Village, where Lions Clubs have for 50 years run camps for disadvantaged and deserving children and special needs groups, mostly held during the school holidays. In addition to this, we’re also open to small & large public groups.
Aim of Licola Camps
- Provide an environment of fun and learning for all children.
- Create a spirit of teamwork and cooperation.
- Challenge children and encourage them to exceed their expectations.
- Encourage children to have respect for themselves and others.
- Encourage children to rise to their full potential by providing challenging experiences, guided by experienced instructors.
Who can participate
- Children who are 8-11 years old.
- All children who are able to participate in group instruction, live in a community setting, and who can function with a supervision ratio of 1:6
2022 LSC Dates
Camp 308: Sunday 10th to Thursday 14th April 2022 (All Areas)
Camp 309: Sunday 18th to Thursday 22nd September 2022 (All Areas)
Volunteers at Licola Lions Sponsored Camps
Licolas’ aim is to run fun & safe camps for children aged between 8-11 years old, that have been deemed as “needing a break”, disadvantaged, disengaged and/or deserving children from across Victoria & Southern NSW. Campers are sponsored by Lions Clubs and other philanthropic avenues. Once children arrive at camp, our amazing volunteers step into their roles and support children throughout the camp along side our trained and qualified staff team. All adults on site must have a valid WWCC or equivalent.
Each camp session runs for a week. There are 3 camps in the January school holidays, one in the April school holidays and another in the September school holidays.
The camp week looks very similar to that of a school camp where children move around camp in their group with their leader to activities. Campers are encouraged to try new activities that build new skills, such as problem solving and resilience and exceeding expectations of themselves. Like any good camp, between each activity we eat!! The days are full of adventure and excitement. Leaders consistently say it is an extremely rewarding experience.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Licola; they play a variety of vital roles;
Cabin Leaders: play the most amazing role for the campers, they are the “go-to” humans and role models of camp. They supervise and engage with campers throughout the day & night , going to activities & meals together, encouraging positive behaviours such as being SunSmart and using cutlery! As the day draws to an end, once campers are all ready for bed, Cabin Leaders often enjoy reading or telling a bedtime story to help the children settle in for the night. Camp then wakes up, rinses and repeats; and before you know it the week is at an end! Cabin Leaders often reap the reward of the strongest connections and impact on campers; it’s a much-loved position.
General Helpers: are the glue that keeps camp on time and running smoothly. There are multiple different roles that general helpers fill. This can include taking epic photos of the magic of camp, being a master of the scullery, using discretion to protect a child’s dignity after an accident, town trips, general cleaning, and stepping in during activities when Cabin Leaders require a short break. Some say, this role is bit like being a grandparent figure. General helpers are generally very flexible and very helpful.
First Aiders: must have a minimum of a Level 2 First Aid qualification and often work alongside nurses and other medical professionals. They are responsible for administering medications to campers, consoling campers who may be struggling with homesickness, issuing band aids and creating a welcoming safe space. First Aiders nurture those campers that may be struggling and tend to minor first aid requirements.
Are you interested in volunteering?
Apply now using the link below to fill in an application form, or download one and send it back, using the link at the top of this page.
You will also need a Working with Children Check, or your State/Territory equivalent.
For more information please contact the camp on (03) 5148 8791 or email@example.com
DISTRICT V6 CHAIRMAN: PDG Norm Walkington (Cohuna)
Mobile: 0427 563 470