Campers jump in to explore Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor was a haven for a range of children with disabilities last week, as a disability support company held its first kids camp in the town.

Jump In Support Options is run by Scarlett and Kelsey Illman, with an aim to provide people with disabilities high quality short term accommodation, day options, school holiday programs, and now regional camps for both adults and children.

From January 12 to 15, 10 children aged between eight and 17 years attended the first Jump In camp, which sold out a month before the end of the registration period.

Some of the participants, who have severe and multiple disabilities, had never been on a camp before, or even slept away from home.

They got to spend time socialising, developing skills, and have fun at the beach, the foreshore amusements, the Granite Island horse tram, the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre, and Urimbirra Wildlife Park.

Scarlett said there were many highlights, but one that stood out was the beach day.

"We took one boy to the beach in our beach wheelchair; he is blind and non-verbal, and he had never been before," she said.

"We were running along the beach, splashing water, and laughing - that was special."

She said the Jump In camps had a real community focus, interacting with locals and making impacts on the towns they visited.

"We aim to utilise local businesses as much as possible, giving back to the community whilst allowing our campers to meet new people and experience all the fun things on offer," she said.

"We decided to host our first camp in Victor Harbor so that all the campers could experience the beautiful beach weather, summer carnival and amazing facilities at the new Fleurieu pool."

Locals equally got behind the camp; a small home catering company provided food, while the Victor Harbor Men's Shed donated a heap of toys members had made, and the Lions Club of Victor Harbor helped out as well.

The next Jump In camp is over the ANZAC Day long weekend in April at Melrose.

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