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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, […]

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Fun – the same in all languages!

Last week, 20 children the Western English Language School arrived for four days full of new experiences, exposure to the broader English language, real world use of their developing language skills and most importantly FUN! The children came from two separate campuses, one of the campuses is towards the end of their program so their […]

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Sydney Scramble

Recently Year 9 students on our Mentor Program had the privilege of going on one of our most exciting offsite camps!  We all knew our destination was Sydney, we just did not know what awaited us (well apart from those who organised it). Sydney the biggest city in Australia blessed with mild to warm weather and a […]

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New Country, New Language, New Experiences

On Tuesday Morning, 20 lucky students from Western English Language School, (WELS) arrived at Cottage by the Sea for an exciting 4 day camp. For some of these children this would be their first time camping away from family but they were excited to experience all the wonderful new things Cottage offered. Not long after […]

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A Magic Mindset

Through rock climbing children can learn to cope with fear, stress and develop self-resilience, which is exactly what the Mentor participants learnt from their four-day camp at Mt Arapiles. These participants showed an abundance of trust, motivation, self-confidence and teamwork to help them achieve getting to the top of a climb. Especially a climb called […]

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Mentors making new friendships

On Tuesday, our new Mentors arrived at Cottage by the Sea. A bus from Leopold and a bus from Ballarat. Our two groups of new Mentors were excited but nervous to meet for the first time. The camp was full of activities that allowed the camper’s time to get to know each other. There was swimming, camouflage, […]

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Will we get to go swimming today?

One of the first things Tiffany asked when she arrived at Cottage was: “Will we get to go swimming today”?  On the second day of camp, Tiffany’s wish came true and she was so excited to hear we would be swimming at the Cottage beach.  Having never worn a wetsuit before, Tiffany eagerly listened to the instructions […]

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The victory of success

Our new first year REEF participants arrived at Cottage by the Sea on Thursday.  This is the first of many camp experiences for this group from Bendigo who will have the opportunity to grow with the Cottage from grade six until they complete high school. Lachie was curious about what the Cottage experience involved and was determined to make […]

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CRABS CRABS CRABS

Seven year old Jed was mid rock pool ramble at Barwon heads Bluff when he spied a crab, “CRAB!! CRAB! CRAB!” He shouts to the rest of the group. Soon there is a chorus of 7 to 10 year olds “Crab! Crab! Crab!” The delight and wonder is clear on all the smiling and inquisitive […]

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Fun times by the Sea

After a long journey from Bendigo to the Bellarine Peninsular, 35 sleepy year fives and sixes from Eaglehawk Primary School entered the grounds at Cottage by the Sea. Tiredness was quickly replaced with excitement once the colourful playground was spotted!  Closely followed by the first glimpse of the infamous Rip from the Cottage dining area which […]

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Brewing Baristas

 “I love this one!”    “Take a photo of this one!”    “I’m proud of this one.” These comments were some of many as our Year 10 Mentors proudly displayed their coffee art. The art of coffee making had been perfected by the budding baristas on our Mentor Program and it was now time to get their creative […]

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The beauty of wandering

Tenon’s experience of his first Take a Break camp at Cottage by the Sea was a real sensory experience. He felt the grains of sand slide through his toes. This new experience saw Tenon roll his shoulders back, roll his neck around and relax into his new environment. Tenon bent down to feel the warm, soft yet […]

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Amazing Aurora’s Adventures

It was Day 2 of camp and Aurora was slightly hesitant about the adventures ahead. First adventure on her list was climbing down the steps from Barwon Heads bluff to the rock pools. This steep descent was not for the faint hearted. Next Aurora scrambled through the rock pools, closely following a Camp Leader to […]

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A broken arm won’t stop me!

This week at Cottage by the Sea, we were pleased to welcome 28 students from Mahogany Rise Primary School in Frankston. Of those 28 students, we had one particular participant who arrived on camp with a broken arm in a cast. At first, this camper was unsure whether she would be able to join in on […]

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First time for everything!

This week we welcomed 31 students from Thomastown West Primary school in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The school is very multicultural school with many students having arrived to Australia as refugees. They are regular visitors to Cottage by the Sea with different students spending a week with us each year. One particular camper this week was […]

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The adventures of Barbie

It was the first Take a Break camp of the new year and Cottage by the Sea welcomed 20 campers from the Colac area.  On arrival to camp every staff member was told by one young girl in particular: “It’s my 7th birthday on Tuesday.” She was so excited to spend her birthday at Cottage by the Sea. We had […]