Stop Childhood Bullying with World’s Number One Self Esteem School Holiday Program
VICTORIA, Australia July, 2012 – With childhood bullying rates on the rise and more and more young people on suicide watch, the sad reality is that Australian children are dealing with bullying and suicidal thoughts well beyond what their age range should be. Heather Yelland, Director of SuperCamp® Australia, says she understands how scary it is for parents that their child might be experiencing bullying and they are at a loss to know what to do about it.
“Parents cannot be at the school all the time, teachers cannot look after every individual student all the time, it’s scary,” says Heather, a psychologist and family therapist. “The fact is bullying cannot be stopped by punishing bullies. But, through personal development each child can learn how to deal effectively with bullying, and to overcome any desire to behave in a bullying manner as well.” www.supercampaustralia.org/
Heather’s organisation is responsible for bringing the world’s number one leadership and educational school holiday program to Australia where children improve learning skills and relationship skills. SuperCamp® Australia builds children’s self esteem, teaches them how to communicate effectively and encourages children to take responsibility for their own choices and behaviour.
The first Australian SuperCamp® was held in Victoria in April 2012, where graduates were asked to rank themselves in areas such as self esteem, courage, self-discipline, academic skills and relationship skills on the first and last days of the school holiday camp.
A whopping 100% of graduates increased their skills in all of the areas measured. The graduates improved their communication and relationship skills by an average of 38% and their personal skills improved by 30%.
Before the school holiday program, one 15 year old SuperCamp® attendee was “self-criticising, hesitant about his strengths, wanting to be cool and feeling that he wasn’t,” says Louise Quinn, his mother. “Nathan wanted to be in the ‘in’ group and everything of every day was consumed with how he should behave in the cool group.”
After attending SuperCamp®, Louise says “there’s a sense of him being in charge of his life now.”
“The SuperCamp® facilitators taught me that...everyone likes you for who you are – the good and the bad – and the funny, quirky things are what make people remember you,” says Nathan. “Now I know I am good enough and thankfully most people like me for who I am.”
His take on childhood bullying?
“Every argument is pretty much just a misunderstanding. If you knew what the other person was going through and possibly why they were like that, and they knew you were like that, then you would all just get along. That’s why I think everyone should do SuperCamp®, so we can all just get along,” says Nathan, who initially didn’t want to go to SuperCamp® and is now constructing a picture board above his bed to remember the life-changing experience.
For information on the September Junior SuperCamp® for young people aged 11-14 years, please visit www.supercampaustralia.org/.
- Contact Information
- Heather Yelland
- Founder & Director
- SuperCamp® Australia
- (61) 03 5721 7389
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