IMAGINE having the opportunity to run away and join the circus.
For the kids from the Northern New South Wales junior Camp Quality, it was a dream come true, as they spent four fun-filled days clowning around with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
More than 22 kids aged between three and seven took a break from mum and dad to take part in the first ever junior Camp Quality for the Northern New South Wales region, at the Coffs Coast Conference and Camping Centre in Boambee.
The camp motto, Laughter is the best medicine, certainly rang true for both kids and volunteers, as the troupe enjoyed activities such as a carnival afternoon, a magic show, a disco, a visit to the Pet Porpoise Pool, and a favourite with many, a chance to perform in the circus.
Seven-year-old Nathan from Mummelgum let loose, showing his daredevil side as he rehearsed for the Circus Show, the grand finale of the camp, held last night.
"My favourite thing so far has been the mini-trampolines ? you could do belly flops! I also liked the disco where I played air guitar, and learning to juggle. I haven't had enough time to miss Mum and Dad," he said.
Director and trainer from the Flying Fruit Fly youth circus, Yos Worth, said although it was challenging putting a show together with 22 kids and numerous other volunteers, it was well worth it.
"The kids are amazing. I have seen their confidence grow with all of the new skills they are learning. We definitely hope to come back for the next camp," she said.