The Andrews Labor Government will help Victorian kids enjoy the best camps, sporting programs
and cultural experiences Victoria has to offer, re-engaging them in the extracurricular activities they
loved before the pandemic.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that local camp providers Doxa Youth
Foundation in Malmsbury and PGL Adventure Camps in Tylden, will be delivering free camps during
2022, targeting those students who wouldn’t normally have the chance to attend a camp.

Victorians did an incredible job of looking after each other during the pandemic, staying home to
slow the spread of coronavirus. But that also meant schools had to cancel sports, camps and all of
the other extra activities kids love.

Positive Start in 2022 will help get students back out and about around the state, and support their
physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

The $84.3 million program will focus on students from government and low-fee non-government
schools who have been most affected by COVID-19 school closures – as well as students and schools
that might otherwise be unable to participate in an outdoor education or camp program.

These camps will provide unforgettable experiences for students that might otherwise have missed
out – paddling a canoe under the stars, doing a rockpool ramble, trying their hand at a boomerang,
or conquering the high ropes course.

A further $12.4 million will provide access to a broad range of arts, sporting and cultural experiences
for students at every government and low-fee non-government school in Victoria.

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Congratulations to Doxa Youth Foundation and PGL Adventure Camps on partnering with the
Victorian Government to deliver fantastic camps that I know will provide wonderful experiences for
kids in Macedon as well as students across the state.”

“We know the pandemic has been challenging for many kids, missing out on the things that make
our Education State so great – and this program makes up for lost time with exciting experiences for