Inaugural youth camp to bring teenage community together

LEADING CHANGE: Charlotte Hargan, David Walterlin, Emily Craig, Will Hargan, Maggie Hargan, Braydon Hall, Ben Hall and Codey Hedges are ready to bring the first youth camp to Goulburn. Photo: Mariam Koslay

LEADING CHANGE: Charlotte Hargan, David Walterlin, Emily Craig, Will Hargan, Maggie Hargan, Braydon Hall, Ben Hall and Codey Hedges are ready to bring the first youth camp to Goulburn. Photo: Mariam Koslay

Chocolates were scattered on the table as animated voices filled the Goulburn Mulwaree Council chambers on Friday night. 

Eight youth council members were talking about their upcoming project –the youth camp. 

In its inaugural year, the like minded members tabled the idea a few months ago following discussions more activities targeted at younger teenagers needed to be organised. 

As conversation jumped from member to member, councillor and mentor Carol James excitedly held up a sheet of paper, showing the group the list of local and community organisations participating.

Different work shops and activities have been planned to explore mental health, self image, cyber safety, job preparation and focused discussions on Goulburn’s growth and necessary future inclusions.   

Cr James admitted the community and council did not listen to the ideas of young people as much as they should. 

Both Vibesfest and Pictures and Popcorn in the Park, previously pitched as Moonlight Movie Night, were drafted by the youth council. 

“If we work with the younger people, around the age of 12 or 13, the earlier they can be positively influenced,” youth council mayor Maggie Hargan said. 

If we work with the younger people ... the earlier they can be positively influenced - Youth council mayor, Maggie Hargan

“Young people can also step up into leadership roles at the camp,” younger sister and deputy mayor, Charlotte Hargan added. 

Half of the camp will be funded by the Community Drug Action Team in Goulburn, and the other half, by the youth council. 

“This is an opportunity for the youth council to understand more about the youth,” member Braydon Hall said.

“We can encourage a sense of community in the youth of Goulburn.” 

Only two weeks away, the group admitted the timetable was still being tweaked due to additional speakers and programs. 

“We’re opening the lines of communication,” member Will Hargan said.

“This is the first step for getting everyone on the same page.” 

The youth camp will be held at the Veolia Arena on March 31 and April 1. The camp is open to teenagers between 12 and 16. There is a $10 cost for attendance.

For more information on the youth camp call Carol James on 0409 483 766. 

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