As a reward for excellent school attendance, our Middle Years Stars from Nhulunbuy were taken to Blue Mud Bay, near the homeland community of Baniyala, for an overnight camp recently.
Apart from celebrating their school attendance, the camp also focused on building skills and developing stronger relationships between the younger students in the program.
Under the guidance of their Mentors, the girls were responsible for setting up their campsite, collecting firewood and building a campfire, and helping to cook their own meals, which gave them an opportunity to further develop their leadership, initiative and independence.
The girls also embraced their creativity and curiosity, through bushwalking, nature photography, dancing around the campfire, and wildlife observation – including watching pods of dolphins feeding and sea turtles making their way from shore to nest.
Our Stars also tried their hands at fishing and crabbing, but the winds worked against their hand-reel casting – and the crabs must have heard them coming!