T.O.A.D. Camp 2020

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

This year, YSLSC was fortunate enough to be able to send two of our youth members on the annual T.O.A.D camp, and we would like to thank Dave Somers from SLSWA for his ongoing support of the youth and organising this great adventure for our young adult members.

T.O.A.D is a camp for 13-15-year-old members, and we had a great response from parents to apply for their children to attend. Unfortunately, we are only allocated two spaces and so Billy Prinsloo had the unenviable task of selecting the candidates who would represent our club. Deannica Ross and Jasmine Goeree were the two selected for this year’s camp. Thank you Deannica and Jasmine for representing us proudly, we hope you had a great time!

TOAD Camp 2020 – by Deannica Ross

During the school holidays, Jasmine and I were lucky enough to be chosen to represent our surf club in the TOAD camp which stands for teamwork, opportunity, and development. The camp was a 4-day cap at Rottnest Island from the 13th to the 16th of January.

The TOAD camp is a development program open to the Surf Life Saving Youth members. The camp is designed to introduce us to a variety of skills and activities that will enhance and encourage our development within the organisation. We got to meet so many different people from almost all of the Surf Clubs from Broome, right down to Esperance and I made so many new friends. Altogether, there was a total of 72 participants.

We explored the whole island and played a lot of fun games in our groups. The group leaders were very nice and most of them worked for Surf Com and in the Surf Life Saving Western Australia headquarters. As part of the camp program, we all achieved our Radio Operators Certificate.

On the second last day, we had some special guests visited and had lunch with us. They were the sponsors of the camp and the camp leader’s boss. The camp leader had a presentation and then the sponsors presented us with a check to fund the next camp.

On the last day, we put our radio skills to work in the Great Rotto Race. We had to work in our groups to follow some clues that will take us to different parts of the island. After we got to each destination, we had to get someone in our group to radio in to the camp leaders. We were then given the challenge to complete at that destination. The winning group was the group that got to the final destination first. As we couldn’t all follow each other, all of the groups started at different times, which made it too hard for the group leaders to judge who got to the final destination first so therefore we were all winners.

I would like to thank Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club for selecting us to represent our club at the TOAD camp as we had fun, made great friends and added valuable skills to our skillset. I would strongly recommend any future youth cadets given the opportunity, to put their name forward for this amazing experience.

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