The Wild, Wild West Diabetes Camp – 2017!


The Sports Challenge with the Happy Campers at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp

Yee-haa!! Twenty-eight cowboys and cowgirls arrived at the Sports Challenge Australia Wild, Wild West PMH Diabetes Camp on the 27th September to get saddled up for a three-day camp at the Ern Halliday Ranch! The Sports Challenge team of mentors, led by Sherriff Jordan De Leo and Sherriff Celina Hynes, Princess Margaret Hospital and Diabetes WA staff, greeted the cowboys and cowgirls. Excited and nervous, the campers could not wait for the fun, games and activities!

Giddy up! The camp started with plenty of activities and ice-breakers as the campers got to know each other! Frisbee Golf, Bang, and the Hoop Game lifted the campers’ energy levels! Across the afternoon, the teams horsed around playing Hunt the Cowboy/Cowgirl, Desert Crossing, and Capture the Horse! The night drew near as the teams battled it out in a country showdown at the Sports Challenge Wild, Wild West Quiz night hosted by the local sheriffs in town!

Round em up! The next morning was kicked off with excitement, as the campers got involved in morning fitness playing Save the Tree and many other morning fitness activities! After, the campers came back to the Ranch to kick on their boots to get involved in a country dance workshop to learn a boot scooting routine for the night’s disco!

Wednesday afternoon galloped in quickly as the campers got involved in a ‘Minute to Win It’. This game involved a series of challenges and Diabetes trivia, which each group had to complete within a minute! Teams were quick out of the gates, however it was Team Two that claimed victory from the showdown!

Busting a move, the campers danced their way into the night at the disco! Boot scooting, the limbo, and dance-offs were highlights throughout the disco. All campers had a great time with many prize give-aways for the talented campers!

Saddling up, after an amazing three days, the camp came to an end with many campers making new friendships, memories to last a lifetime, and learning a lot about Diabetes! Presentations, awards and good-byes were made in the last part of the camp as the campers went home with certificates, posters and many prizes.

A big special mention and thank you goes to the Princess Margaret Hospital and Diabetes WA Staff and Volunteers. Their wonderful support and enthusiasm makes these camps so enjoyable, and ensures that the kids have the best time. Additionally a big thank you to our dedicated team of Sports Challenge Mentors who have organised, planned and played a big role in making these great camps run so smoothly. We are incredibly lucky to work with a team that is cohesive, passionate and innovative!

The strong partnership between Sports Challenge Australia, Princess Margaret Hospital and Diabetes WA, ensured the team at Sports Challenge coordinated one of the best Diabetes Camp to date for the 9-10yrs age group. Congratulations to everyone involved!