Celebrating creativity: Camp Creative president Peter Nance (back right) with patron Gillian Helfgott (third from right) and other volunteers, including Bellingen High School principal Bob Stockton (centre) and co-ordinator Robbie Spence (left).
Celebrating creativity: Camp Creative president Peter Nance (back right) with patron Gillian Helfgott (third from right) and other volunteers, including Bellingen High School principal Bob Stockton (centre) and co-ordinator Robbie Spence (left). Ute Schulenberg

Camp Creative still growing

‘FROM little things big things grow’.

Famous words by songwriter Paul Kelly, which Camp Creative president Peter Nance says are the adopted mantra for this year’s 25th anniversary event.

“The image of the tree on our T-shirts reflects that, too – we’ve had 25 years of growth and here we are after a quarter of a century,” Mr Nance said.

He said once again the week of discovery and creativity was fully booked with 1200 campers having signed up for the adventure.

“We certainly must be doing something the community wants.

“I think in this time of so many non-tactile pursuits, people get a real buzz from hands-on creative experiences.”

Something people had not signed up for was the rainy weather but many were prepared all the same.

Down at Bellingen’s soggy showground, Cathy Prowse had brought her gumboots with her from Sydney.

“It’s the fifth time I’ve been to Camp Creative – it’s pretty wet but we are surviving and it’s a great opportunity to wear my boots!” Ms Prowse said.

Denise and Peter Willis from Upper Lansdowne awoke in the early hours of Monday to find themselves ankle deep in water.

“We’re being creative and moving to higher ground,” Mr Willis laughed.

“This is our second year. I just love the camaraderie and the learning atmosphere of Camp Creative.”

In case of rain, Thursday’s scheduled Party in the Park, between 6pm and 8pm, will be relocated to the Bellingen High School Hall.



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