Camp a confidence boost

Billy Hookham.
Billy Hookham.

The aim of the camp, organised by children’s charity Variety, was to increase the independence and self-confidence of teenagers living with physical or intellectual disabilities.

Participants were invited to take part in a week of activities, including abseiling, swimming, craft, camping and trips to local attractions.

Variety WA chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said the camp was often life-changing for participants and their families.

‘For many campers, it’s the first time they have been away from their parents or have travelled interstate and many come back with a new level of confidence and independence,’ he said.

‘For parents and siblings, the camp also provides some well-deserved respite and time-out.’

Despite being away from the comforts of home, Billy said he had a great time.