Holiday Activities

Over the years of its operation, the Auburn Youth Centre has run a range of activities during the school holidays. Some activities were long-running, others were revived at later stages of AYCs operation. They included:

  • Outings (to Australia Wonderland, Cinemas, Movies, Ice-skating, Powerhouse Museum, Blue Mountains)
  • Sports and other fun physical activities (bowling, canoeing, horseriding, sailing, rollerskating, table tennis competitions, breakdancing)
  • Creative activities (T-shirt printing, badge-making, sewing, poster-making, jewellery-making, screen printing)
  • Dance Parties (usually on the last weekend of holidays)
  • Girls only classes, which were introduced to encourage young women to participate in activities at the centre in an environment where they didn’t feel uncomfortable (self-defence, fitness, makeup sessions, drumming and beading workshops)
  • Barbeques

The activities were intended to give youth something entertaining and safe to do during the school holidays. They were tailored to the 12-18 year old age group to encourage attendance from this specific demographic (teenagers tended to avoid holiday programs which also included younger children). The offer was organised so as to provide a range of diverse options each holiday period so that anyone could become involved. Furthermore, activities were usually low-cost or often free, as price was a barrier preventing many local youth from engaging in such outings. They were also designed to expose those involved to new experiences and to develop new skills.

Holiday Activities at AYC. Found in Auburn Review, 9th October 1991, p. 3,
Holiday Activities at AYC. Found in Auburn Review, 9th October 1991, p. 3,

 Camps:

Perhaps the most popular of AYCs holiday offer was the camps organised in the early years of its operation. These were usually joint initiatives with other community youth organisations. For example, in the 1987 January holidays a four-day camping trip was organised by the Auburn Youth Centre and the Auburn Community Development Network. It gave attending children the opportunity to see a different part of NSW, meet other youth and to enjoy a range of activities on offer. Michelle Burgemeister, founder of the Auburn Youth Centre explained that it was an exciting bonding experience:

‘Most people go bushwalking in the daylight; not our group…we decided to go exploring at night, with torchlight and the moon’, she said. ‘We saw lots of birds and animals you’d never get to see in Auburn, even a huge goanna scampering in front of us’ [1].

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AYRC’s previous camping trip to Bendalong. Found in Auburn Review, 14th January 1987, p. 2.
Participant tries windsurfing at AYRC camp to Bundeena. Found in Auburn Review, 4th March 1987, p. 11.
Participant tries windsurfing at AYRC camp to Bundeena. Found in Auburn Review, 4th March 1987, p. 11.

[1] Auburn Review, March 4, 1987, p. 11.