Smarter Than Smoking East Kimberley Young Men’s Leadership Camp

Abseiling above the Ord River

Abseiling above the Ord River

The Smarter than Smoking East Kimberley Young Men’s Leadership Camp took place again this year on the outskirts of Kununurra on the Mighty Ord River. Fifteen young men were selected from Balgo, Halls Creek, Warmun and Kununurra to embark on a four day camp that ran from the 15th-18th of October at Macka’s Camp off Crossing Falls Road through his Eco-noeing – Go Wild Adventure Tours. Also attending the camp were four students from Christ Church Grammar School who made their way from Perth to the East Kimberley to participate in the camp.

On the day of their arrival the boys were split into four groups and were asked to create a team name and motto. There were several creative names generated and positive team mottos. The teams were then split into two groups so that everyone had an opportunity to canoe, abseil, complete the low ropes course and other team building activities over the four days of the camp.

On Day Two all teams got moving early in the morning in a fitness session run by the Christ Church boys. Then they jumped into the canoes and paddled up the winding Maxwell Creek off the Ord River. The paddle was a fast and furious race but also lots of fun. There were several water fights along the way but they were a welcome relief as the temperature soared towards the high 30s. In the evening Steve from Boab Health had the teams cook up their own tucker. The teams could choose to cook healthy kangaroo or beef stew in camp ovens. The young men must have done a great job because all the plates were polished clean by the end of the evening. After dinner David Newry from the Mirima Language Centre shared his knowledge of the local area when he told traditional stories, explained the language groups and shared his knowledge of how the Miriwong people of the Kununurra area travelled up and down the Ord River.

On the finals days of the camp the teams continued their outdoor leadership activities. The abseiling teams displayed their courage when they trusted their guide and the equipment as they abseiled 20m down the rocky hill. For most of the boys this was their first opportunity to abseil but they were all willing to give it a try. The other teams were on the low ropes course which gave them a test of their leadership skills and ability to work as a team to get all their teammates successfully through each obstacle. On the last night of camp the boys were able to sit back and enjoy a slide show of pictures taken during all of their camp adventures and activities.

Garnduwa would like to thank all the camp sponsors, presenters, Go Wild Adventure Tours and the community members who supported the Young Men’s Leadership Camp and made it a great success.