Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that local camp providers Doxa Youth Foundation in Malmsbury and PGL Adventure Camps in Tylden, will be delivering free camps during 2022, targeting those students who wouldn’t normally have the chance to attend a camp.

During pandemic restrictions through 2020 and 2021, schools had to cancel sports, camps and all of the other extra activities kids love.

The state government is hepling students to re-engage in the extracurricular activities and to enjoy the best camps, sporting programs and cultural experiences Victoria has to offer.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said, ““We know the pandemic has been challenging for many kids, missing out on the things that make our Education State so great – and this program makes up for lost time with exciting experiences for everyone.”

The Positive Start program in 2022 will help get students back out and about around the state, and support their physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

The $84.3 million program will focus on students from government and low-fee non-government schools who have been most affected by COVID-19 school closures – as well as students and schools that might otherwise be unable to participate in an outdoor education or camp program.

These camps will provide unforgettable experiences for students that might otherwise have missed out – paddling a canoe under the stars, doing a rockpool ramble, trying their hand at a boomerang, or conquering the high ropes course.

A further $12.4 million will provide access to a broad range of arts, sporting and cultural experiences for students at every government and low-fee non-government school in Victoria.

“Congratulations to Doxa Youth Foundation and PGL Adventure Camps on partnering with the Victorian Government to deliver fantastic camps that I know will provide wonderful experiences for kids in Macedon as well as students across the state,” said Mary-Anne Thomas.