Earlier this year on the 18th of March, a group of year 10 students (mostly known to each other as strangers) from various secondary schools around Victoria came together to venture out for three days to Camp Getaway in Axedale for the annual Cystic Fibrosis Victoria Leadership Camp.

At the start of the camp many of us were unaware of what cystic fibrosis (CF) was and didn’t know much about Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV). We also had no idea that in just a short two days we would gain great knowledge about CF and a great insight on what it means to be a leader and work with charities to make a difference.

Although it was a little daunting for some, upon arrival we were interacting with new people and became quite comfortable with each other after the first few hours. This is something that is really hard for people to do in such a short amount of time but I have to say, over the course of the weekend one of the things I enjoyed most was being mixed up with other people. I would be happy to work again with the other kids I met any time!

The camp was definitely an action-packed weekend. We were able to listen to many inspiring speakers including Karin Knoester the CEO of CFV who spoke to us about talent and opportunities, Kirsty a mother of two kids living with CF who spoke to us about dealing with the battle against Cystic Fibrosis, a doctor who spoke to us about taking opportunities and Elke who spoke to us about Project Management and Shackleton’s story. In between all of the speakers we were placed in random groups in which we had to come up with a fundraising idea and present the idea to everyone on the last day of camp.

In addition to all that, we played leadership games as a group, participated in a trivia and talent night, went on an early morning bushwalk and were given time to get to know everyone through chatting, playing basketball, playing mini golf and playing in the games room.

I thought the whole camp was a great experience but definitely the things I enjoyed the most were meeting new people and looking at leadership skills and qualities.

Once we were back at school, we spoke about the camp at assembly in front of 1000 students and staff and CFV are coming to talk to us next semester so we can hopefully aim to make more of a difference. I had no idea that I would learn so much and enjoy the weekend to the extent of which I did. I had been developed more as a strong leader as well as having developed a stronger passion for making a difference to society.