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Teen Camp


Teen Camp was held at the beautiful Camp Bornhoffen at Natural Bridge Queensland from Monday 9th through to Friday 13th July.

60 young people with congenital heart disease from all over the country, aged 13 to 18, had the opportunity to take part in activities that many thought were beyond them. Under the guidance of a team of 27 volunteer Group Leaders (including adults with CHD, Cardiac Nurses and Cardiologists) our campers were able to face their fears, build their confidence and self-esteem, and importantly forge lasting friendships with peers with shared experiences and challenges.

Activities included high and low ropes courses, canoeing, rafting, leap of faith, flying fox, damper making, camp fire, glow worm caves, art therapy sessions with some pretty amazing artwork produced and a highlight for everyone was a trip to Sea World! 

One of the most amazing experiences for everyone during the week was the visit from John Coutis. John’s presentation left the campers with strong messages of hope, encouragement and inspiration and still is a talking point amongst the campers.  One mum wrote on Facebook to John “I really have to thank you, my son isn’t one to sit and listen and take things in too much but he has come home and told me so much about your talk and you gave him the baton of responsibility which he hasn’t stopped talking about, so thank you so much”.  

The Camp Champions (18-19 year old campers) took part in a number of different leadership activities and training sessions throughout the week. Tony Curl from Think and Grow Business took them through an amazing session on leadership which incorporated games and prompted some exceptional ideas and thoughts for our future leaders. We would love to say a very big thank you to Tony, Douglas and Sharon for their time and expertise for our Camp Champs.

Many campers arrived at the beginning of the week not knowing anyone, some shy and a little anxious. By the end of the week they were all beaming and although a little tired, they had made new friends for life.

Click here for HeartKids CEO Mark Brooke's personal wrap-up of this year's camp.
Teen Camp 2018 is open to heart teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years. It's a unique opportunity for heart teens to connect with others who may have experienced a similar journey, develop new friendships and create ongoing peer support networks. Importantly, Teen Camp gives heart teens the chance to attempt physical and team building activities in a supportive and safe environment where peers understand each other's limitations.

Teen Camp is made possible through the generosity of our supporters and the camp nurses, doctors, volunteers and other staff who donate their time and expertise. Teen Camp relies on funds raised from the community and the corporate sector. If you would like to become involved in fundraising, or if you know of a company that would like to support this event, please contact us by email: or call (02) 9460 7450 for further information.




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