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A visit from Sammy the Seal

What a surprise for our first day of camp! While exploring the fishing pier in Pt Lonsdale we were visited by a local legend named Sammy the Seal. It is quite rare to see this cheeky character at the pier and it had been months since he has made an appearance. Each week we go […]

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What’s over there?

“What’s over there?” “What’s that place called?” These are a couple of the many questions we have heard at Cottage, from our Mentors over the years, as they have looked across the rip towards Point Nepean. Many of our Mentors have been coming to the Cottage for five to seven years and admired the view as […]

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Reconnecting with friends

On the 22nd of September Camp Leaders Ebony, Louise, Louis and Sean picked up the new Mentors for a 5-day camp to Moulamein, thanks to the generosity of APCO. After a five-hour bus ride we reached camp. Although we all go to different schools and we hadn’t seen each other for quite some time we all connected back […]

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Yabby Yabby You!

Thanks to the generous support of APCO, Cottage by the Sea took a group of our younger Mentors camping this September scholl holidays. On Tuesday morning Ebony, Sean, Pete and Damien took one group yabbying. We had to throw the nets into the water and then pull them out really fast so we didn’t lose any yabbies out […]

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

We had a mission for our rock pool ramble today! The mission was to find as many Sponge Bob Square Pants characters as we possibly could. The children were super excited to take on this task and finding the first character “Mr Krabs” was quite easy! Before we even made it out to the rock […]

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A day full of fishing!

Competition time! This week we had two fishing charters on the program, thanks to the generous support of Kempe & Friends. Both scheduled for Wednesday. We were extremely lucky with the weather, picking out the nicest day of the week. Because we had two charters booked, it was of course going to be a competition […]

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Invasion of the sea urchins!

This week we experienced some king tides and howling winds down in Queenscliff. With weather blowing in like this, we often find that so do some of the local sea creatures. They tend to end up on the beach and out of the water where they are supposed to be! On the first afternoon of […]

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Where is the storm?

What a week! Storms forecasted all week from the Bureau of Meteorology. Temperatures as low as 4 degrees. Snow down to 600m on the forecast! We braced ourselves for a horrible week of freezing temperatures, gale force winds and torrential rain. This was not the case for Queenscliff. In fact, we had a beautiful week […]

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Search for the buried treasure!

Every weekend the ‘pirate’ Captain Red Beard comes along to Cottage and buries some treasure in our sandpit. Full of goodies for the campers to find! This week Captain Red Beard buried a huge amount of treasure, he left a note saying there was up to 7 treasure boxes to be found. The first evening […]

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A Woori Special Birthday

It was a Monday morning as camp leaders Steve and Louise made a 3hour journey to collect 19 excited children from the small town of Woori Yallock in the Yarra Ranges.  Amongst them was a special little camper Ayla, who would be celebrating her 9th Birthday while on camp. We had only been on the bus […]

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Trusty friend Tigger

On Monday morning camper Bryce arrived at Cottage with his trusty friend Tigger tucked tightly under his arm. Tigger and Bryce’s first adventure was a trip to A Maze n Games and mini golf. Tigger quietly watched from the sidelines holding his breath as Bryce putted his ball around the green, followed by a Yes! As […]

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Bourke Street, Baldy and Burnt Hut Spur

An opportunity to ski the slopes of Mt Buller comes very rarely for our second year REEF participants. This year we hit the slopes in July to challenge the patience, resilience and comfort zones of the 15 REEFies. Ollie was very excited to see the winter wonderland, snow-capped trees on Mt. Buller. He didn’t enjoy […]

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The Mentors Amazing Race

It was the first week of the July school holidays and our 37 Mentors had just returned from the 88th floor on the Eureka Skydeck where they had experienced the thrill of ‘The Edge’. In teams of nine The Race was ready to begin. The aim of this race was to score as many points as […]

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Cottage Cooks Creating Masterpieces

Eight friendly smiles greeted Cottage by the Sea on Tuesday afternoon as a group of Mentors arrived for Cooking Camp. The girls’ energy remained enjoyable to be around until the last minute on Friday afternoon, paired with a truckload of laughs. Their first night at the Cottage was filled with flour and coloured icing, requiring […]

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Nothing beats a sisterly bond

On Tuesday afternoon sixteen smiling faces came bounding in through the front doors of the Cottage. Despite the hefty five-hour drive from the small town of St Arnaud, spirits were high amongst these Take a Break campers and a delicious lunch was awaiting! Amongst the bunch was an especially enthusiastic pair of siblings who bombarded the camp leaders […]

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Food, food, glorious food!

Tiwa was surprised at how much food there was on camp. Coming from Congo less than six months ago, Tiwa was amazed at the choices she was offered at every mealtime. The excitement of trying new fruits such as the sweet pineapple, juicy raspberries, sweet honey melon and fleshy cantaloupe made her a fruit lover. […]

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We keep on giving

Here at Cottage our campers appreciate the generousity of our supporters who give them gifts; knitted items, food, toys, clothes and funds to pay for their incredible camp experiences. As part of our Recreation, Education, Environment and Friendship (R.E.E.F.) program, we like to teach our campers to give back to the community that so kindly gives […]

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What was your favourite?

“What was your favourite thing on camp so far?” the Cottage by the Sea camp leader asked a group of eager campers from Warrnambool. “The surfing,” says one camper. “The fishing,” says another. “No!  The swimming and surfing.” Then a few people add: “definitely the surfing and the fishing.” With so many fun filled activities, […]