New Beginnings Junior Camps
Over the past 17 years, over 380 young people referred by
schools, indigenous and migrant/refugee organisations from
the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast regions have
attended our 'New Beginnings' youth camps. The camps are
aimed at prevention of anti-social behaviour in young people
aged 10 to 14, and focus on re-building self-esteem, basics
of ecology/conservation as well as understanding of the
principles and values of community, communication,
cooperation and leadership.
Feedback received from Principals, Guidance Officers,
Parents and the Children themselves has been most
encouraging. We have received numerous reports
post-camp of attendees who subsequently became
school leaders, have gone on to tertiary studies, or excelled in other aspects of their lives.
Camp Attendee Comment: The camps have helped me to ... 'Have a better respect for people'
New Beginnings Senior Camps
Participants at each Junior Camp are eligible to be nominated to participate in a senior level camp. Senior Camps are conducted periodically, and provide particiants with a higher level of knowledge and life skills. Outcomes so far have been excellent with a number of participants becoming involved in community work or service-orientated careers.
'Way of Community' - In-school Workshops
Our workshops are aimed at the slighly younger age group
of 8 to 10 years of age. They are, however, based on the
same principles of community, and community values, that
form the core of our New Beginnings Camps. In a way, this
can be viewed as a precursor to the camps. Between 2012
and 2018, over 5,200 students from state schools
Queensland-wide have attended our Way of Community
workshops. The feedback received from teachers and
principals has been overwhelmingly supportive.
Principal's Testimonial: The program was a positive & practical complement to our school’s
Responsible Behaviour Plan.
The activities assisted our ongoing efforts to develop student knowledge & understanding regarding
the building of positive relationships. Our sincere thanks for providing this special opportunity.
- C. A. Barron, Principal
"Over 4,800 children and young people throughout Queensland and Northern NSW have benefitted from New Beginnings Programs to date!"