Last week was Big Mouth Camp and we had a sign and a flag flying outside church to show our support. Eight people from church were counted in the 109 people who turned up to share a weekend of fun and learning. The theme was pirates and, as you can see from the photos, we all entered into the spirit of the occasion.
But what is Big Mouth Camp?
The official spiel says…
The Big Mouth Camp is a residential camp for students from 6 to 15 years of age, who use speech generating devices. The camp is also for their families and carers.
The primary aim of the camp is for the children using the device to improve their device use and become much more competent communicators in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Intensive communication therapy will be provided each morning and the afternoon will involve activities and opportunities for everyone to practice the skills they have learnt in the morning.
Separate sibling recreation sessions will be conducted in the mornings, and this time will also provide parents/carers to discuss and work on issues around augmentative and alternative communication.
The camp will also be offering mentoring from experienced adult communication device users, training from device manufacturers / support staff, sessions on related disability computer software and much more!
And that is just what it is, all of that and so much more but for those of us who don’t do official statements here is my version of what Big Mouth Camp is.
BIG MOUTH CAMP IS…
fun. But far, far more….
BIG MOUTH CAMP IS…
not relaxing (despite what Jono says),
and awesome chocolate cake.
BIG MOUTH CAMP can be scary….
but more than all these things,
Big Mouth Camp is
and a big thank you to
everyone who made
Big Mouth Camp
from all the Big Mouth Family.
That’s some of what Big Mouth is to me.
I cannot thank the Melbourne Welsh Church enough for its generous support (both financially and in terms of prayer and people) of the BMC.
Thank you all.