Thanks For The Memories

November 23, 2015

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A much anticipated family camp at Portsea …

My name is Mark Taylor I am the new Intake Information Coordinator here at IOE.

I went on my first family camp to Portsea in early November – a great experience which I will look back on fondly.

It was great finally to meet a lot of the families that I’d heard so much about. Everyone was very welcoming and took the time to talk to me and make me feel a part of the Interchange community.

After experiencing a family camp I had the clarity of how important these camps really are.

Special moments for me were:
• The impromptu amounts of silliness that flows throughout the weekend
• The non-judgmental nature of the camp and how comfortable everyone seemed
• The high energy from everyone; running around enjoying themselves skipping from one activity to the next. The kids flying overhead on zip lines and the giant swing with the panoramic views of the bay.

The fun was infectious and it radiated around and throughout the camp. You just couldn’t help but smile.

The camp ran smoothly and effectively. The schedule was varied, but still maintained a relaxed feel. It was clear to see the enthusiasm from the staff and volunteers, which was all the more apparent from the looks on their faces.

It was also great to see the special relationships between families and staff that have clearly emerged over the years; this was a great insight into the worthiness of it all.

The things that stuck out to me the most were the small moments, a cheeky grin, a conversation or connection with another person.

We had a Burmese family who had never been on holiday or seen the ocean before. It was a memorable occasion being there to see them experience that, and this was my realisation, this is what it’s all about.

Thanks for the memories.

by Mark Taylor








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