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Victorian School Holidays are Coming: Working Parents Find Relief in Sleepaway Camp


VICTORIA, Australia March, 2014 – Although they adore their most important ‘jobs’ and their beloved children, mums and dads all over Australia rejoiced at not having to balance bored children with their personal and professional chores when the 2014 school year began. One Melbourne mum even called a radio station to share that she was stuck in traffic, yet loving it because at least it was ‘alone time’ after six weeks of ‘kiddy time’. But all too soon, the first Victorian school holidays for the year are fast approaching and begin on the 4th of April, and parents around the country have found themselves wondering how they will balance the responsibilities they have with spending quality time with their children for another round of school holidays.

Psychologist and founder of Australia’s leading sleepaway camp, Heather Yelland says, “It is a fact of life that in this day and age most families have two working parents, or indeed, a single parent working who’s doing their best to juggle all their responsibilities. There just isn’t the opportunity for every parent to stop working for each of the school holidays – so parents start to worry around this time about how they can entertain their children and ensure they do more than sit in front of the TV all holidays.”

With most children now having access to iPods, tablets and iPads, laptops, computers, and a multitude of other game consoles, many parents battle with their children – especially teenage children – to find alternatives to these ‘mind-numbing’ screens. Heather recalls fondly the days when children happily played outside, “Many parents just like me remember the fun and learning we experienced when we were younger and spent hours playing sports or exploring unknown locations outside with our friends, and wish there was a way to encourage our children to do the same.”

Well, now Heather Yelland’s sleepaway camp, Green SuperCamp® Australia, provides the opportunity for children to enjoy real quality time with other children of the same age playing outdoor sports, abseiling, exploring the bush, doing low ropes courses and many other fun activities, at the same time as they learn academic acceleration techniques that have been used for 32 years in America and internationally, and which are recognised as world leading techniques.

“This is an opportunity for parents to entertain their teenage children during the school holidays, provide them with the opportunity to accelerate at school when they return, and even build leadership and communication skills,” says Heather Yelland, who is well aware that some parents may believe it will be difficult to convince their children to go to a camp Australia holiday program that sounds like school.

“One young man told his mum that if he didn’t like camp he would hate her forever, but by the second day he was not only in love with the camp, but loved who he was a little more and loved his parents for sending him there. On the last day when his parents came to pick him up, he stood up in front of the entire group and said how grateful he was that his parents had given him this opportunity. This kind of story is very common – parents your children will love the camp and you by the second or third day.”

Green SuperCamp® Australia is holding a sleepaway camp for 14-17 year olds on the 10th – 19th of April, and a camp for 11-14 year olds on the 28th of September – 4th of October this year. Visit for more information on this camp Australia holiday program and providing children with an experience they will talk about for years.


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