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A Northern Territory cattle station hosts camps for young people struggling with crime and drugs

Date posted: 11 February 2015

A camp on a Northern Territory cattle station is helping young people who have lost their way through drug use and crime.

Hamilton Downs Youth Camp, just outside Alice Springs, was first established in the 1970s. It was set up in heritage buildings nestled at the foot of the Chewings Range.

Camp Association Chairman, Ren Kelly, said the camp offered young people a chance to start afresh.

'Most kids need to have self respect and they only gain that by achieving things themselves,' he said. 'The kids need to able to say 'I did that, that's mine' and not be reliant on 'grog' (alcohol) or 'gunja' (marijuana).'

Mr Kelly said some of the camp participants were completing a court-ordered diversionary program. 'A magistrate will consider that a kid has some attributes that could be enhanced, or what he is in trouble for could be minimised by just getting away from his peer group,' he said.

'You find in the first seven days there is resistance and by the end of the second week they would like to invite mum and dad to come out and see what they have done.'

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Rural


Last updated: 10 February 2015
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