History of the Holiday Camps

Holiday Camp History

Established in 1945, 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 programs for young people who would otherwise go without.

From its roots as a bush camp by the sea, Don Bosco Camp has developed a unique tradition of holiday programs involving teams of dedicated volunteers trained in the Salesian Preventive System. The huge popularity of the camps is no surprise to the Salesians. They emphasize the cornerstones of the Salesian Method: friendship, joy, freedom, presence and positive mentoring, especially with peer to peer youth leadership. At Don Bosco Camp we are now meeting third generation campers who have come here to experience some of the memories of their parents and grandparents.

Don Bosco Camp is committed to conducting and expanding our high quality, affordable camps which offer the traditional Salesian camp ministry to all young people, especially the disadvantaged.

In the words of the campers...

'An amazing and fulsome experience that you will certainly take something good out of!'

- Daniel Hart, camper

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