Sports and Recreation Victoria (SRV) has awarded YMCA Victoria (the Y) a renewed long-term contract for the management and operation of Anglesea Recreation Camp, Camp Manyung, Howmans Gap Alpine Centre, Lady Northcote Recreation Camp and Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp.
The Y has managed the five SRV camps for the past 15 years and is excited to continue strengthening this partnership, as well as continue fostering its connection with local communities.
“We’re extremely pleased to continue our partnership with Sports and Recreation Victoria,” said Carolyn Morris, CEO YMCA Victoria.
“Over the last 15 years, the Y has transitioned the five SRV camps from primarily a traditional school camping model to creating additional significant community based offerings. We are deeply committed to working with SRV to make a difference in the lives of those students and community groups who visit the sites. This includes providing more accessible outreach programs to the most in-need and under-representing groups.”
The Y has redefined the traditional camping experience through hundreds of new programs designed for a variety of visitors, as well as tailored programs for specific groups and community needs such as the Indigenous Skate Camp and Access All Terrain program.
Various renovations across all five sites has increased the accessibility of the Y’s camping experience for the community. This includes the addition of the Alpine Accessible Accommodation Centre at Howmans Gap, which allows all-abilities winter sports athletes, and their families and support people, to hone their skills on some of Victoria’s best ski slopes.
“Through local partnerships and by building strong relationships with community groups, we have grown the number of community group participants from 12,000 to 44,000 per year – a growth of over 250%,” said Carolyn.
The Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, said she looks forward to continuing a strong partnership with the Y over the next 20 years.
“Our camps are inspiring more young people to embrace a healthier and active lifestyle, get connected with nature and importantly, have fun,” said The Hon. Ros Spence.
“We’re proud that the YMCA will continue to lead these important programs and we look forward to more innovative outdoor programs and initiatives leading to more healthy outcomes for Victorians.”
The renewed contract will see an opportunity for the Y to continue activating communities through unique learning frameworks and community programming. The Y will also continue to focus on sustainability, inclusive communities and outdoor communities.
Please visit www.camps.ymca.org.au for more information.
Click here to read the Victorian Government media release.