The 2017 MSRF Young Leaders January Program returned to Narmbool for the first time since 2015. Unfortunately, the program was not held at Narmbool in January 2016 due to the devastating summer fires. For everyone involved, it felt so good to be home!
A new team of coaches was bought together to guide 30 young leaders through the program. Program Manager, Pete, and I, worked alongside a dedicated team of both experienced and new coaches. The coaching team - Tyler, Laura, Jessie, Harry, Annika, Dirk, Angela, Nadia, Brady, and Maryann – did an incredible job at being both a mentor and a friend to the participants. With the addition of Matt, Scott, Alice and Damon from Narmbool, the coaching team created a program which had an enormous impact on the personal development of all participants.
From the very first day, the participants were eager to learn and have fun. The long-standing elements of the program such as Values clay activity, Blindfold Game and Dyeem Boorma, were huge successes once again, with participants having their personal thoughts and ideas challenged. New additions, such as a visit from the Ballarat Observatory and WaterWatch, took participants outside and added a new dynamic to the program. A special mention must go to the Red/Black game for being a highlight (as always). I have no doubt that participants took away some key lessons learnt from this session.
A personal highlight was watching everyone working together to assist with the recovery work at Narmbool. Every individual on the camp worked hard to get the job done. It was wonderful to see the beautiful spirit of the MSRF community shine. We all walked away from the January camp with a new spring in our step. The laughter and smiles shared and the memories created are still held in the hearts and minds of everyone involved.
This camp, like the ones before, has extended the network of young leaders across rural Victoria. It is a pleasure to be part of this incredible community.
Bridgette ByrneAssistant Program Manager