Youth group gets Gladstone kids out and about

ANGLING FOR FUN: Stefan Kocman, 10, Maddison Campbell, 13, Tara O’Rourke, 13, and Blaydon Knopke, 12, enjoy their youth group session fishing from the East Shores pier.
ANGLING FOR FUN: Stefan Kocman, 10, Maddison Campbell, 13, Tara O’Rourke, 13, and Blaydon Knopke, 12, enjoy their youth group session fishing from the East Shores pier. Mara Pattison-Sowden

GLADSTONE has a new youth group and participants guys have been getting out and about around town.

An initiative of the Gladstone Police-Citizens Youth Club, the youth group is for children aged 10-14 years.

The group spends every second week doing activities at the PCYC and excursions in the alternate week.

During term one, the group has done camp cooking, a scavenger hunt at the botanic gardens, first aid and been to the swimming pool.

When The Observer caught up with them, they were hanging their fishing line into the water at Auckland Point's East Shores esplanade.

They have also spent an afternoon hanging out with the water police.

Gladstone PCYC youth worker Anna Witty said it was an opportunity for children to have some fun.

"It's for kids who want something that's not sport," she said.

The idea is for them to grow into the PCYC leadership programs.

"We're hoping it will lead to them being able to do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the younger Bridge Award," she said.

"These programs are about learning skills, volunteering and self-confidence."

Eleven-year-old Sierra Knopke was impressed she caught a fish.

"I came out here with the youth group," she said.

"Now I want to catch more fish."


  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Time: 4-5.30pm during school terms
  • Ages: 10-14 years
  • Cost: $40/term, covers all activities
  • Phone: PCYC on 4972 3122

Topics:  gladstone gladstone pcyc youth

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