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Animal Fun Day

It was the Third day of Melbourne camp and we had a full day of animal activities planned! We ate our bacon and eggs for breakfast, packed our bags and headed off to Southern Cross Station to catch a train to Collingwood. We got off the train and walked for about 10 minutes before arriving […]

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“I can’t do it”

Snow camp is our toughest camp, physically and mentally draining on our Mentors. It builds great character and resilience but provides many challenges. One mentor in particular battled with the mental side of the camp, she physically achieved everything she was asked to do, picking up the technique of skiing easily and pushed herself to […]

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A Wild and Windy Surf

It was our last full day on camp and we wanted to try and get outside as much as we could as the previous few days didn’t allow us to. We had surfing planned in the morning and the weather was wild and windy. However, we knew these children would absolutely love surfing being from […]

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WEED WARRIORS!

Our Grade 6 REEFies were back at Cottage for the second time this year and it was a delight to have them back. It had felt so long since the first program. Both kids and the programs team were excited for the week ahead. The REEF program is all about building resilience, learning new skills […]

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A Wet ‘n’ Wild Week

The heading says is all, welcome to the first week of Winter! It was wild! Rain, hail and strong winds all week for our program participants. We were not able to get out in the ocean once this week. But, we made sure that the children would still have an amazing week to remember. We […]

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Day out on the boat

It was the third day of camp and the Cottage staff had just told us what we were doing for the day, we were going on Sea All Dolphin Swim Charters for a snorkel and swim with hopefully some dolphins and seals. We were so excited! I was anxious because it was going to be […]

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A day full of adventure!

It was the second day of camp and we were already having the best time! The Cottage staff then informed us that we were going swimming at the beach for the morning. Everyone was so excited and could not wait to get into the waves. We first had to line up in height order and […]

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Resilience in the rain!

From the moment we arrived in Sydney it started to rain, we all joked about bringing the rain with the us from Victoria. Even though it was forecasted to rain all week this didn’t phase us. Our biggest day of the camp was spent all outdoors, starting at the Taronga Zoo. The ferry ride across […]

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Surfs up!

It was day 3 of camp and we had been swimming and body boarding the day before, I did not think camp could get any better and that’s when the Cottage staff told us that today we were going surfing! I was so excited but also nervous because I had never been surfing before. The […]

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First time away from home!

We arrived at school to a very excited group of grade 2 students. This was their first EVER camp and for most it was their first EVER time away from home. From the moment the children arrived they were literally bursting with excitement, some bursting so much they could only express their excitement by screaming […]

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It’s a multi climb kind of day!

Week 2 of the school holidays we took our older Mentor participants for an offsite mountain climbing camp at Mount Arapiles, a rock formation that rises about 140 metres above the Wimmera plains. While top roping, a few participants were very excited to push themselves though another multi-pitch which they had very little experience in. […]

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Connecting & learning

Camp this week was all about connecting with others and learning new skills. Our Mentors were completing First Aid and Food Handling courses that would help them gain future employment and build important life skills.  The group participating in the Food Handling Certificate and were put to the test the very first day after completing […]

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What resilience looks like

Recently four of our staff took 22 children on a three-day hike to the Otways. This group of 12 to 13 year olds from suburban Melbourne had never slept in a tent, used a Trangia stove or walked for kilometres, let alone with a full pack on their back. These children needed to show resilience, […]

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Quicksilver Surf Day

The tradition lives on. Every year for the last 13 years, Cottage by the Sea and Quicksilver / Boardriders have partnered up to run a surf day for the children attending Cottage by the Sea. This year’s lucky participants came from one of the communities effected be bushfires in 2019/20, who the Cottage has been […]

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My First Surf

It was our third day of camp and today was the day we were going surfing! I had never been surfing before and I was so so so excited to try to stand up but I was just as nervous to fall off my board and not be able to surf. We got our swimming […]

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Swimming lessons Cottage style

It is always a day full of excitement with everyone buzzing in anticipation of meeting our first year REEF participants. Camp 1 we welcomed 28 wonderful Grade 6 students from the Bellarine Peninsula to start their long and adventurous journey with Cottage from Grade 6 to Year 12. Activity one was a swim at the […]

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Surfing up a storm

It was clear on Sunday that Summer was unfortunately no longer with us when we arrived at Ocean Grove main beach, we were met with grey storm clouds, light rain and blustering winds but that wasn’t going to stop this group of Mentors! These Mentors were no strangers to surfing and in their previous years […]

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Best week ever

We woke up bright and early and met at school where the bus was coming to get us for long trip down to the coast to spend a week at Cottage by the Sea. As we arrived at the Cottage, all the staff and their huge smiles greeted us ready for an awesome week at […]