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Rain, Rain Go Away!

It was a drizzly Thursday morning as camp leaders discussed the day’s program. Should we stay indoors, or head outside and hope the drizzle clears? It was decided that although it was a tad wet, it was not cold, so we loaded everyone on the bus, connected the SUP trailer and headed to Barwon Heads […]

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Driving Day!

This week at Cottage, 8 Mentors participated in a morning of driver education. The morning started with a short presentation from the RACV’s Youth Motoring program before the team from ‘I drive safely’ arrived to take the Mentors for a drive on the roads around Queenscliff. After a quick introduction to Craig, Lisa and Robin, […]

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The Adventures of Bentley (The Therapy Dog)

This week we welcomed a different camper, one with some extra fur. Bentley the therapy dog attended camp all week with the Yuille Park children. We drove into the school to see a wagging tail waiting. Bentley had his own harness and seat belt for the bus ride to camp! Once arriving to camp, Bentley […]

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Coming together as a team

For our new REEF participants, this camp would focus on team work, as students came to cottage to experience their first of many camps. On day one, the children headed into splashdown to participate in some water activities. They split into teams, and competed in duck diving, human tunnel ball and noodle races. They all worked […]

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Fun, Fish and Friends!

This week at cottage by the sea we had 17 children from Yuille Park Community College come visit and stay! The children were so excited the second they got off the bus! The morning was filled by a long bus trip and a cottage tour until lunch. After lunch the children got to go explore […]

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Invasion of the Elephant Snail

Another perfect day down at Barwon Heads with one of the lowest tides we have ever seen! The campers were extremely excited to get out there and explore. With the tide being so low, it gave us the chance to head right out the back of the rock pools to the area that is usually […]

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Hunt for the Dragon Eggs!

We had a beautiful day here in Queenscliff, 23 degrees and partly cloudy. A perfect day to be outdoors all day. The morning started with a boogey board at the Ocean Grove beach with nice clean waves rolling in. The group partnered up and shared a board between them. Once we were dry and changed […]

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ADVENTURE PARK WITH A TWIST!

Bus was packed and the surf trailer was attached, we were ready to head down to Ocean Grove for a surf.Unfortunately with the air quality being very poor due to the East Gippsland fires all of the beaches on the Bellarine were closed. No more surfing! Plan B was in full force. We had a […]

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An experience like no other

It was Tuesday, mid-December and the All Mentors were on the road to Winnap, a town along the Lower Glenelg National Park. For one Mentor this was going to be an experience like no other. Day 1 involved sleeping on a camping stretcher bed in a garage with carpet on the floor. “We’re not seriously sleeping in […]

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Team Work

This week we had a school group from Corio for a 3day camp, who were eager to get onto the Low Ropes Course. Excitement was high as we finally made it onto the Low Ropes course for their last activity of camp. We were saving the best for last. All the children listened carefully to […]

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Quiksilver Surf Day!

It was a beautiful morning on Wednesday for our annual Quiksilver Surf Day, unlike last year when we had rain and thunderstorms. We arrived down at Cosy Corner Beach in Torquay and we were greeted by eight of Quiksilver’s finest employees who were eager to get in the water with our campers. A short lesson […]

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Can you cross the river?

It was the final day of camp. After being challenged while swimming in the ocean, learning about Point Lonsdale and the Rip, walking from the Queenscliff fort to the Marine and discovering new marine creatures at the Marine & Freshwater Discovery Centre there was one last challenge to overcome for these Grade 3, 4’s and […]

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Saving Tawny Frogmouth

It was raining when the children arrived at the new park in ocean grove. Eager to test out the new play equipment, they waited patiently for the blue sky to come. Once off the bus, they raced to the top of the new spiral slide. Camp Leader Jess and a few children noticed a bird […]

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Super Duper Fun Day!

It has been a long anticipated wait for the Super Duper Fun Park to open in Ocean Grove. This park has been on the Cottage radar for months now with some big hype behind the grand opening. Each week after our surfing and rockpooling sessions, we always make a quick detour to see the progress […]

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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 […]