Apex Camps celebrates 35 years of supporting Sunshine Coast youth

30 Oct 2018 8:54 AMAdmin AQYC
Apex Camps celebrates 35 years of supporting Sunshine Coast youth

There are few organisations with a foundation and history as special as that of Apex Camps in Twin Waters.

Thirty-five years ago, the camp and recreation centre, then known as Apex Suncoast Children's Camp, first set out on its mission to achieve one primary purpose: ‘to help disadvantaged children of any kind, physically, mentally, financially or geographically’.

If this wasn’t enough to warm hearts, in a newspaper article announcing the camp’s opening the establishment was declared built solely by volunteers, part of a “remarkable exercise in community service by the Apex Clubs of Queensland.”

The article went on to state that, “the camp’s worth to thousands of Queensland children over the coming years will be immeasurable”. Thirty-five years later and this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Since Apex Camps’ establishment, the registered not for profit charity organization has been providing invaluable opportunities for underprivileged youth to experience camp life and outdoor adventure activities. The centre works with various special interest groups to provide camps for children from disadvantaged or troubled backgrounds, while providing exclusivity, privacy and confidentiality. It actively encourages high needs groups to stay with them and, in more recent years, has established entirely disabled facilities to further accommodate such groups. The centre also assists church groups and other small and non-profit groups by providing them with an affordable camp experience that meets their individual needs.

For many years Apex Camps, with assistance from Apex Australia, fully funded an annual ‘Kids to the Coast’ program providing the life-changing opportunity for remote and underprivileged outback children to experience the coast - and in many cases, to see the beach for the very first time.

General Manager, Danny Davidson says, “Apex Camps has truly made an incredible contribution to the Sunshine Coast community over the years. This is a place where anyone can come and be themselves, and where we have the privilege of giving kids amazing memories to take home with them.”

In addition to providing camp experiences to youth in need, Apex Camps actively seeks to contribute to the community, involving itself in fundraising activities, supporting community events and charity days, and supporting Apex Australia in various youth initiatives.

While Apex Camps mission has remained unchanged over the years, giving loads of joy to those who need it most, the same can’t be said for the campsite itself. What began as a single building on a five acre site, is now a fully purpose-built 10 acre camp and recreation centre with five buildings accommodating 232 guests and more than 30 onsite outdoor adventure activities, among them south east Queensland’s largest rock climbing tower and its soon-to-launch new high ropes and twin flying foxes course, expected to be the highest in Australia. In 2016, Apex Camps opened a new camp on Magnetic Island, enabling groups in Townsville and surrounding areas to also enjoy its services. In recognition of its outstanding contribution to outdoor recreation facilities, last month the centre was also nominated a finalist of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation's Outdoors Queensland Awards.

Today, Apex Camps caters for all types of groups with a big focus on schools, providing diverse and all-inclusive camps and day programs to anyone who wishes to stay with them. Last year Apex Camps Sunshine Coast also began offering local kids the chance to have an outdoor adventure birthday party, or to experience its outdoor adventure facilities during the school holidays as part of a School Holiday ‘drop-off’ Program. The centre now also provides a Weekend Adventure Program and Team Building Events (for Christmas or corporate parties and other occasions), enabling all Sunshine Coast residents to enjoy a piece of this very special recreation centre.

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