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Legacy holidays - Legacy

One of the ways in which Legacy supports the families of deceased veterans is by providing holidays and recreational camps for widows, children and dependants with disabilities.

These give Legacy widows a chance to get away for a holiday together for a week at one of our nominated holiday houses at no cost. They allow the young widows to gather with their children and share the journey with others like them, and also allow older widows to get together after what can sometimes be a period of social isolation due to their age an inability to get around.

These camps enable children and disabled dependants to have a holiday of their own with others in the same situation as them.

Read about some of the latest activities Legacy Clubs around Australia have held for our Legacy families below.

Junior Camps

HAVE YOU EVER wondered what Legacy does for our young military families? For the ~1900 children in Legacy's care, we cannot replace the parent they have lost, but we can be there to support them through the challenges of their family's sacrifice. The Legacy Summer Youth Camp is very important event for these kids, run in January of every year, with participants from all over Australia coming together. This year, over 50 Legacy Youth got to experience Stradbroke Island, where they quickly developed lifelong friends with other children who could understand and relate to them. Partaking in a wide range of activities over one week, the kids were pushed out of their comfort zones in situations designed to develop their social and leadership skills. Most importantly, the camp allowed the kids to simply be kids, and give them respite from the worries being in a military family. On behalf of all the children, we thank all of our donors who made this event such a success, with a special mention to the Courier Mail Children's Fund. Please take a moment to enjoy the highlights from the camp, and let us know what looked like the most fun to you in the comments below!

Posted by Legacy Brisbane on Monday, February 8, 2016

Legacy Youths bound for Stradbroke Island

January 2016

Sun, sand, and memories to last a lifetime; 44 Legacy Youths are on their way to Summer Camp on Stradbroke Island. The participants, all aged between 10 and 17, come from far and wide with Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and NSW clubs all participating this year.

The 2016 Legacy Youth Summer Camp is hosted and organised by Legacy Brisbane in partnership with the Courier Mail Children’s Fund, who have generously provided $60,000 of funding.

On Stradbroke Island, campers will have the opportunity to build confidence and develop social and leadership skills in a safe and fun environment. All activities are designed to introduce new challenges and experiences and include sandboarding, kayaking, surfing, yoga on the beach, beach fishing, Aboriginal history talks and boomerang painting. The camp also gives parents at home much needed respite and time to themselves.

Legacy Brisbane hosts a Youth Summer Camp each year as part of its Youth Development and Family Assist Program. The program aims to support the young families of those who have served our country. Other program activities include Youth Winter Camp, which is run in conjunction with Melbourne Legacy, and Family Weekends Away. Family Weekends run throughout the year and focus on younger Legacy Widows, Widowers and their children.

Legacy Brisbane extends its thanks to the Courier Mail Children’s Fund and all the donors who contributed. Without their support this camp would not have been possible. For more information about Legacy Brisbane’s camps and Youth Development and Family Assist Program contact Legacy House South Brisbane on 07 3029 5600.

Junior Legatee Camp at Moss Vale, NSW

Sydney Legacy provided a Junior Legatee Camp at Moss Vale for a week in January 2010.

Over the week the Junior Legatees took part in a huge variety of activities which included ten pin bowling, swimming, pottery and rock climbing, as well as visits to Scenic World in the Blue Mountains and a day in Wollongong at North Beach and Wollongong Science Centre.

One of the highlights of the camp was a visit from the Sydney Chapter Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club who took the children for rides on their Harley Davidson motorcycles around the Camp.

On the final day of the camp the children spent the day at Jamberoo Water Park where they four members of the AFL Development Squad joined them for the day.

Mudjimba Youth Camp, QLD

In January, 22 Legacy Junior Legatees from across Queensland, ranging in age from 8-17 years, attended the nine day camp at Mudjimba, on the Sunshine Coast.

The Camp provides a great base for a range of exciting activities including go–karting, archery, mountain biking, abseiling, sailing, canoeing and bowling.

A feature of the 2010 camp was a visit from a Ugandan drummer who taught the campers how to use African drums. The highlight of the camp was a day of sailing with the Navy cadets from TSS Onslow.

The camp aims to provide Legacy’s youth with a healthy, active and fun time as well as encouraging them to participate in new and challenging activities.

Meet Melbourne's youngest Junior Legatees

Little Alana and Meg, both aged four, are our youngest Junior Legatees. They are pictured hugging their gift from Santa at the 2009 Legacy Youth Christmas party at Werribee Zoo.

Over 50 people attended the Youth Christmas party which was organised by the Leadership group, who are themselves former Junior Legatees.

The Leaders are responsible for organising recreational outings throughout the year and had input to the recent summer camp at Busselton, Western Australia.

Adelaide Legacy, SA

Adelaide Legacy arranges a number of activities for their young wards. Some of these activities have included sending wards to Junior Legatee camps in Bussleton, WA, an Outward Bound (Australian Alps) course in ACT and Young Endeavour sailing trips.

This year they will have 2 wards laying wreaths at both the Cross of Sacrifice following the Anzac Day march in Adelaide and at the State National War Memorial on Anzac Day eve as part of the RSL Youth Vigil.

Adelaide Legacy also subsidises widows holidays at their 3 bedroom cottage at Goolwa, a seaside town about 100 km south of Adelaide.

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