Level 1 Camp
The first camp in a year is always what we call our Level 1 camp, but this is being changed around for 2018 and it will be held in May instead. This means it will be on Fri 18th -Sun 20th May 2018 for all of those new to Kids of Gold. This date is always the weekend after the Mothers' Day weekend. The main emphasis in this camp is to bring the kids to a recognition that they are special and uniquely gifted, to help them take pride in their accomplishments, and to encourage them to attempt new tasks and challenges. This is all done in an atmosphere of having fun, because although these are undoubtedly all big and serious areas for any child, it has been our experience they definitely can be tackled, but must be done so in a fun-loving way, which kids absolutely love ( and so do we)!
Level 2 Camp
The Level 2 camp will now be held in October as from 2018, which is held the weekend before the Melbourne Cup long weekend, which next year will put it at Fri 26th- Sun 28th October 2018. On this camp, goal setting, understanding and learning about affirming ourselves and one another and handling positive and negative emotions are the main areas of focus.
Level 3 Camp
The Level 3 camp will now be held early in the new school year soon after school resumes, which will put the next Level 3 at Fri 9th- Sun 11th February 2018. On this camp, they are taught something of what leadership is about from a spiritual and physical aspect, how leadership can be taken on and responsibility and offering of assistance to others is connected to this. The concept and power of forgiveness is also further developed.
Formerly Level 4 ran in May and October, but in future, from 2018, will run in October and February, alongside Level 2 and Level 3 campers. Children 12 years and over who have done the 3 levels, are invited to take part in Level 4, with the aim of working alongside Buddy Leaders on the camp, seeking to assist them with their group and to learn from them in a practical way what leadership is about and how to be good role models to the other campers. They also have 3 sessions of their own during the camp with a Level 4 leader, who takes them through major themes on what leadership is about and how they can be best helping their Buddy Leaders in their particular camp.
In the May camps from 2018, children who have completed their 3 Levels and who would like to help a leader in that camp are invited to attend. Their main role is to help campers feel at ease and feel at home in their new setting, and by meeting someone who has done all the levels and is closer to the campers’ ages, it has been found they can be very helpful in settling these newcomers into this their first camp. Although they are helpers in this camp, they don’t have sessions of their own, and still have to wait till they are 12 to become Level 4 helpers.