Highlights from the first National Allergy Strategy 250K youth camp

250k Camp1 February 2019

The 250K youth camp was a great success according to the campers who participated. Here are some of the highlights from the camp held at Yarramundi YMCA in Western Sydney in January 2019.

30 campers attended the camp, aged from 11-23, alongside 9 National Allergy Strategy staff and volunteers. This was the first face to face meeting of some members of the 250K Youth Advisory Team. Despite the scorching temperatures (45°C!) campers participated in all of the planned activities – their favourite being kayaking.

Other favourite activities were the giant swing, Sydney Trapeze School, high ropes, team games with Pete Griffiths (CEO of Australian Camps Association), and the medical & allied health discussions lead by an Allergist (Dr Melanie Wong), Dietitian (Dr Merryn Netting) and Allergy Nurse (Briony Tyquin).

A whopping 17 meal times were catered for over the duration of the camp – which given our group had 21 different food allergies to manage – was very impressive! Campers mentioned on numerous occasions throughout camp how well fed they were.

250k Camp sign

250k Camp gym

250k Camp flying fox

250k Camp flying fox

Campers’ favourite foods

“It’s hard to pick, they were all amazing”

  1. Apple crumble
  2. Chocolate brownie
  3. Chicken and coleslaw dinner
  4. Wraps 
  5. Pasta & bolognese 
  6. Cooked breakfast – toast, baked beans & bacon 
  7. Pineapple pudding 
  8. Ice cream 
  9. All the fruit

It should also be noted that throughout the duration of the weekend, our nurses Maria Said and Briony Tyquin administered more than 110 doses of prescribed/regular daily medications – and none were EpiPens.

250k Camp dining

 250k Camp checking labels

Quotes from campers

“I had a terrific time on this camp, making lifelong friends, being able to eat without the stress (I usually get on camps).”

 

“The people I connected with were amazing and we have so much shared experience.”

 

“I liked meeting other people my age with allergies and actually being able to understand the struggles and positives.”

Special thanks to:

All our staff and volunteers

Companies that have provided product support - Bulla Family Dairy, Happy Snack Company, Kinnerton and Orgran for contributing food and Mylan for donating the EpiPens for general use.

Camp statistics

  • 30 campers aged from 11-23 years of age participated in the camp
  • 1st face to face meeting of some members of the 250K Youth Advisory Team
  • 9 National Allergy Strategy staff and volunteers
  • 21 different food allergies were managed on the camp
  • 45°C was the hottest temperature reached on the camp
  • 17 meal times were catered for over the duration of the camp
  • 110 doses of prescribed/regular daily medications – and none were EpiPens!