Graduates of the REEF program are eligible to become Cottage by the Sea Mentors. The underpinning goals of the program are for young people to be actively contributing to their community at school, home and the Cottage.

Based around a challenging outdoor recreation program both at Cottage by the Sea and offsite in a range of outdoor environments, Mentors enjoy catching up with supportive friends and Cottage staff as they participate in many adventures together. They can develop a broad range of skills by participating in a number of opportunities made available to them. These include public speaking engagements, outdoor adventure education, accredited training courses, volunteer work, mentoring younger children, hospitality programs and interstate travel.

Mentors are encouraged to work hard and to dream big. Shining Star Scholarship opportunities (open only to Mentors) allow them to pursue dreams that may have once seemed out of reach. These scholarships provide funding for training and equipment for Mentors 14 and over.

This innovative program tracks with young people as they navigate adolescence. It provides them with a place to call home, a place where they can learn and grow. A place that nurtures their belief that they can make a difference.


For participants to:

  • Develop basic life skills
  • Attend Cottage by the Sea camps as assistant camp leaders
  • connect with and act as role models for children participating in Cottage camps
  • Develop and consolidate leadership skills
  • Gain valuable, practical volunteer work experience
  • Transfer positive experiences back into the community
  • Maintain self discipline
  • Assist and lead small groups
  • Represent and participate in fundraising for Cottage by the Sea
  • Maintain positive physical and mental health
  • Avoid depression



Relative to the Cottage, school, home and community

  • Attendance and active participation
  • Academic success and enjoyment
  • Leadership
  • Positive role models
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Social skills
  • Respect for self and others
  • Active community involvement
  • Increased opportunities
  • Potential traineeship in a field of interest
  • Ongoing involvement in Cottage by the Sea
  • Lifelong Cottage by the Sea ambassadors