Sun and Fun for Siblings

March 10, 2017

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IOE’s first Sibling Camp for 2017 was held over the last weekend in February at Ocean Grove – always a popular destination.

Twenty excited 5-12 year old siblings of children with disabilities and two staff (also excited) headed off for a fun weekend of sun, sand, activities and friendship.

Everyone enjoyed hanging out together and the two ‘new’ sibs fitted right in with the group.

The weekend had a Superhero theme and the sibs got to make their own superhero cape and mask, there was superhero giants’ treasure and a Super hero scavenger hunt. When they weren’t being superheros, they played together on the beach making sand castles and volcanos and went swimming.

The shaving cream fight was a hit – just as messy but easier to clean up than a paint fight!

There was even an activity challenge which everyone was eager to try – eating giant marshmallows while trying to talk – interesting results and the marshmallows tasted good.

Over the weekend we had a visit from a member of Freemasons who wanted to make a video of the sibs on camp to show fellow members of his organisation. Freemasons have funded our Sibling Program for the past six years and are strong supporters of the work IOE does with siblings. 5-12 year olds are not the best interviewees – they’d much rather have fun than talk as you can see from the short video grab below.

The overwhelming opinion of all the sibs who attended was that the weekend was really ‘rad’.

Sandra Leehy

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