Since about 2001, Door of Hope Christian Church has been holding Super Heroes Camps. These camps are held every six months and are now well known in the community for the difference they make in the lives of children and families from Launceston who are experiencing tough family circumstances.
These biannual weekend camps cater to children in Grades 1-3 and 4-6 and offer some respite to families encountering challenging circumstances such as financial crisis, addiction, domestic abuse, or disability. Many camp participants have faced adversities of this kind throughout their lives and suffer subsequent developmental problems including low self-esteem and behavioural disorders. The primary intent of a Super Heroes camp is to provide each child with a time of encouragement, positivity and fun—three things that may be quite rare in their experience.
Every participant is paired with an older ‘buddy’ (a volunteer from the Door of Hope congregation who possesses a valid WWCC) to act as care-giver, companion, and mentor for the duration of the camp. Children and buddies share meals and join in a range of activities such as crafts and outdoor challenges. Short age-appropriate educational sessions are also delivered to help children gain understanding of basic life skills and positive values. The children also receive a hand-crafted rug, personal toiletries, and other gifts to take home as mementos of their time at camp.
At all times, buddies are available to listen and talk, answer questions, and respond to children’s needs. In many cases, the relationship formed between child and buddy extends beyond the camp’s conclusion and becomes a valued support for the child and family. Frequent referrals to the Super Heroes program are received from school social workers, and community service agencies including Glenhaven Family Care and the Launceston City Mission.
Many families who have connected through these camps also receive Christmas hampers, and other opportunities to participate in youth and family activities at Door of Hope.
Door of Hope Christian Church
50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston TAS 7249
T: 6344 8450