2023 Youth Leadership Camp – Busselton

2023 Youth Leadership Camp – Busselton

3 November 2023

Our MADALAH Youth Leadership Summit for 2023 was a huge success! This event was kindly sponsored by MPH Lawyers and Strandline.

It all started on Friday 3rd November when students arrived at our office ready to hit the road to Busselton. We made a stop along the way at the Crooked Carrot located in Bunbury for morning tea, before making our way to Busselton Camping Centre. Once we arrived at the camping centre, we were greeted by Joshua Whiteman from Koomal Dreaming, who welcomed us on Wardandi Boodja. The welcome was followed by a sausage sizzle for lunch and free time before the students had their Mock Australian Government activity and quiz night.

On Saturday our students were in for a big day ahead with their first activity attending Amaze’n Margaret River, where they got to challenge themselves by going through a half hectare giant hedge maze and playing outdoor puzzle games.

The students absolutely loved this activity and split into two teams Wargyl and Karda, to see who could get through the maze the fastest. After this activity, we headed to Dillybag Collective for lunch which the students had made themselves in the morning. We were then greeted by Kellie who gave our students a tour of the artwork on display and shared some history behind some of their pieces, answering any questions that our students had.

We then hit the road to head to Ngilgi Cave, where students split into their teams again to walk through and discover the history and what’s inside. After this, we all headed back to camp where students had free time and dinner before the famous MADALAH karaoke competition. All students got involved and encouraged each other to perform, making this the perfect wrap up for day two.

Sunday was the day for the MADALAH amazing race. Staff set up stations around the campsite where Wargyl and Karda teams competed for the winning shield. The race was extremely competitive, and students finished the race a lot quicker than anticipated; with Wargyl the winning team! We would like to thank Didier Murcia from MPH Lawyers for attending to present the winning team with their shield. We then had some free time where some students went fishing, whilst others started working on their student council speeches for the 2024 student council election. We had a lot of students nominate to be on the student council this year; all of whom presented their speeches with confidence. All students were given the opportunity to vote on who they wanted to represent their cohort and once the votes were in, our new student council for 2024 was selected.

For our final night, we celebrated in style with the MADALAH Gala! Students all came together dressed to impress for the famous Gala night where we had roast on the menu, heartfelt speeches from graduates, past student councillor speeches, new student councillor speeches and of course some more karaoke.

The last day of camp saw students pack up their rooms and get on the bus ready to go back to Whadjak Boodja. We stopped at Koombana Bay in Bunbury on the way home for pizza and free time before making our way back to the office where students were picked up by their school/family.

This year’s camp was a HUGE SUCCESS, and we would like to once again thank MPH Lawyers and Strandline for making this event happen!

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