About the Don Bosco Camp

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Don Bosco Camp’s mission is, and always has been, to provide holiday camps for poor and disadvantaged young people. Being a not-for-profit organisation, the camp hires the site out during term time to finance the holiday camps for young people who would otherwise go without.

Established in 1945 as a summer holiday camp for poor young boys, the camp has grown over its 70 years to include a wide range of clients including schools, youth groups, sporting and community organisations. The inclusion of additional clientele has allowed the camp’s mission work to expand to include additional programs such as winter camps, leadership programs and Asylum Seeker holiday programs.

History of the Don Bosco Camp

The Don Bosco Camp was established in 1945 by the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic religious order founded by an Italian priest, Father (Don) John Bosco during the 1800s. Don Bosco firmly believed that education was a matter of the heart; that it is not enough for the young to be loved; they must know that they are loved.

It is this tradition that commits the Don Bosco camp to supporting young people, especially the poor and disadvantaged, by offering recreational, retreat and educational experiences in short term group settings. The Safety Beach site has been offering holiday camps for young people since 1945, and its summer and winter holiday camps continue this tradition today.

The Salesians of Don Bosco continue to operate worldwide with more than 20,000 members involved in over 2700 various works. It is the third largest missionary organization in the world. For more information on the Salesians of Don Bosco, please visit their Australia website: www.salesians.org.au

“Don Bosco camp truly has impacted my life in so many positive ways. From helping me learn new life long skills to building long lasting friendships. I am the person I am today largely due to the input camp has had on my life.”

Dino Martiniello, Camp Leader

“The Don Bosco Camp community is such an awesome community to be a part of. Being a part of this community and leading on camps has given me so many different opportunities to grow and learn new skills, while at the same time creating great memories with friends and providing a supportive environment to challenge myself. Most of all the best part about Don Bosco Camp is it’s so much fun!”

Teaghan Dolan, Camp Leader

“It is impossible to describe the effect don Bosco camp has had on my life. As a camper I developed my imagination, revelling in a world without limits. As a leader, I practiced engaging the imaginations of others, learning to inspire and animate without the need of traditional discipline. Camp and the Salesian experience is the gift that keeps on giving. Absolutely not to be missed.”

Felicity Walter, Camp Leader now St Vincent de Paul Primary School Liaison Officer