Toolangi Adventure Sports Camp (TASC)
The Toolangi Adventure Sports Camp (TASC) is a four-day camp run every school holidays and brings together teenagers from housing estates to broaden their experiences.
The camp aims to help at-risk youth and give them a sense of belonging and acceptance in their local community. It is an initiative of the Blue Light Victoria in partnership with Victoria Police, Yarra Youth Services, Anglicare, Out Doors Inc, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Fareshare, Melbourne Victory and City Basketball.
In addition to the weekly after school soccer and basketball programs, these camps provide young boys living in the City of Yarra municipality an opportunity to experience an unfamiliar environmental setting whilst participating in their chosen sports and adventure activities. Located in the regional town of Toolangi, situated just over an hour northwest of Melbourne, the campsite allows the boys with an opportunity to get away from the comforts of their urban environments.
Over the course of the 4-day camp, attendees participate in a range of different activities that aim to foster improvement in interpersonal skills such as teamwork, respect, leadership and self-efficacy. With the support of camp facilitators, social developments of attendees are peer-driven and unique to group dynamics interaction with the camp activities. This is a key distinction of this camp to others as it allows young boys to space to gain respect from their peers and authority figures through self-guided interactions during activities
Maximising on the high interest and participation level that sport has within a youth population, the camps are inclusive to all participants of the community sports programs held weekly. Having this capacity to reach a greater proportion of youths from multi-cultural backgrounds aids encouragement of civic engagement throughout the community. This civic engagement, building on the youth leadership components that the camps facilitate aims to foster more inclusive and brighter, safer communities in the City of Yarra.