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Camps for Primary Aged Children

Your donations at work (mid year update)

“On Sunday April 6th, 2014, student leaders took 30 kids from 5 different schools in Ballarat to Werribee Zoo for a day trip. The participants and leaders travelled by Littles’ coach leaving at 8.30am and returning by 4.30pm. While the children were asked to bring a drink and a snack, lunch (salad roll, chips, a muesli bar & prima) were provided by Aquinas Young Vinnies.

On May 23rd – May 25th, 23 children aged between 7-12 attended a weekend camp with 19 ACU student leaders at Adequate Forest Lodge, which is just out of Creswick. The children enjoyed the activities provided by the campsite such as hut building, archery and bush walks. They also had great fun participating in many activities organized by the enthusiastic student leaders including a trivia night, disco, various arts and crafts activities, team building games and so on. The children enjoyed making new friends, being affirmed by the positive leaders and came home exhausted. Coordinator Hannah Williams, ably assisted by Melissa Noonan and Chelsea Brennan did an excellent job and all leaders were very appreciative of the time they put into preparation and coordination.”

(Aquinas Young Vinnies)

Two cost-free weekend camps a year to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged Ballarat & regional children.


St Vincent de PaulMany children in our community are growing up with few positive role models and little positive encouragement.  This will often lead to low self esteem and behavioural problems.

Often it only takes a caring person to take the time to invest in a young person’s life, providing healthy boundaries and demonstrating healthy behaviour.

Aquinas Young Vinnies offer 2 cost-free weekend camps a year in an effort to make a real difference in the lives of some of these at risk children in the Ballarat region.  Leaders are well-trained and aim to model excellent social and communication skills.   On camp the children have the opportunity to be in a different environment where they can play, take part in fun and up-building activities and be part of a respectful and positive group environment.

Not only the child and their family benefit from the camp but the broader community in which the child lives, particularly their school, benefits as the child is exposed to a warm and encouraging environment in which they are able to experience community in a positive light.

 Update:  Sep 2013 ( Excerpt from a report from ACU) 

” The weekend of August 30 to September 1,  saw 15 Aquinas Young Vinnies student leaders organise and facilitate a SVDP Kids Camp at Log Cabin Christian camp at Creswick for 24 children (primary school age) from the Ballarat region.

The children and Vinnies leaders departed from ACU at 5.30pm on Friday evening and returned by 11.00am Sunday…..  a fun weekend was had by all.   Many parent(s) were able to have a small time of respite while their child(ren) were at Creswick enjoying the varied activities, great food and supportive social environment……
We congratulate the (ACU) students and acknowledge their generosity of spirit and time in making a difference in the lives of the children. Well done!
N.B. Aquinas Young Vinnies are grateful to United Way Ballarat (to which some ACU staff make salary contributions) which provides funding for the camps,  and to Littles Coaches who transfer the children and leaders to and from the campsite by bus free of charge. “

The funding we provide for this program is generated from Workplace Giving programs.


This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat in the following years:

2001, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008,2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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