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The future of surf lifesaving in WA is looking bright if this year’s crop of development camp attendees is anything to go by! Run by Surf Life Saving WA and supported by the Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of WA, the camps provide an opportunity for our youth members to develop their teamwork and leadership skills while also forging lasting inter-club friendships.

An eager 44 youth, aged 15-17 years, from 18 clubs, headed south to Pemberton for four days for the Rise Up Camp. There was a mixed bag of tasks for the group to complete including team building activities such as the Paparazzi Challenge and Treasure Hunt, as well as mountain biking, rogaining and a visit to Big Brook Dam for canoeing and raft making. Participants also attended to the more serious task of training for the Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, with all camp attendees successfully attaining their certification!


The following week seventy-three 13 & 14 year old ‘Toadies’, from 25 Clubs throughout the State joined us for the highly anticipated TOAD Camp, travelling to Rottnest for four days of fun and learning!


During their stay the group was hit by record rainfall, but they didn’t let this dampen their spirits and, with the storms clearing, were able to bicycle around to some of the Island’s best snorkelling locations. A highlight of the camp was the Great Rotto Race activity, a test of teamwork and communication skills for our Toadies, plus a surprise visit from Surf Life Saving WA’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and its crew!


Camp leaders commented that camp attendees showed maturity, a willingness to participate and learn and were a credit to both their clubs and the surf lifesaving movement!