Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative camps connecting young people

More than 30 young Aboriginal people gathered in Malmsbury this week to take part in camps aiming to foster and strengthen their connections to their culture and each other.

Doxa hosted the Bendigo District Aboriginal Co-operative’s camps for young men and women, with the participants enjoying a range of outdoor adventure activities, such as ropes courses, and cultural activities.

Participants also took part in educational activities on sexual health and relationships, and were delivered presentations by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Anglicare, Victoria Police and youth justice.

Doxa’s Malmsbury camp manager Daniel Robinson said the camps had been “fantastic”.

Mr Robinson said there had been some nervousness among participants at the beginning of the four-day camps, but by the last day on Thursday this had changed to a relaxed atmosphere in which the camp-goers felt safe to share opinions and ask questions.