Over the years at Cave Hill Creek, we’ve hosted many summer camps and school camps; thousands of children have come through our doors to enjoy the bush surrounds and to engage in interactive outdoor activities and to learn about the environment.
A boy named Luca arrived for Summer Camp at Cave Hill Creek. Luca was a shy kid, hesitant to join the others in many of the outdoor activities. His aversion to outdoor activities turned out to be self-consciousness as Luca didn’t know how to ride a bike. While all the other kids were going for long bike rides in the bush, to save himself from embarrassment, he declined all the invitations to join in on the outdoor activities out of fear of being found out-
Our Cave Hill Creek staff pride themselves in promoting only the most encouraging and supportive behaviour from campers- and Luca- instead of being met with ridicule from his peers, was instead encouraged to learn in a safe environment.
Initially, Luca stumbled- falling off the bike several times, but with encouragement from camp leaders and peers he kept trying and trying, and after a day or so he could ride with barely any support. From there, Luca took off; electing to go on bike rides every chance he got throughout the camp. His confidence grew the more he traversed the Cave Hill Creek bushland.
By the end of Summer Camp when Luca’s Mum & Dad came to pick him up, he had something to show them…
While other kids were greeting family and saying goodbye to new friends made, with a smile he asked Tim if he could borrow a bike. He grabbed a bike, beckoning his Mum & Dad to watch him as he proudly rode the bike around, showing them what he had learned during his summer camp at Cave Hill Creek! Such a gold summer camp moment!
For next week’s ’30 Stories for 30 Years’ edition, we will take a look at some of the beautiful gifts bestowed upon the owners of Cave Hill Creek and we will a look at some of the talented and o! so beautiful artists too! Watch this space!