Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Helping Troubled Kids, Easy as ABC

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Helping Troubled Kids, Easy as ABC

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Byline: Kirsty Noffke

A NEW Tweed Valley adventure camp is helping change troubled teenagers' attitudes towards life.

Adventure Based Counselling (ABC) at Nightcap, formerly Mebbin Springs, recently launched its first expedition with both individual and group counselling to help young people adjust, learn to cope and develop a new image of their life and future.

"After an assessment period we take the kids on a nine-day expedition," ABC chairman Graham Pringle said.

"We start at Clarrie Hall Dam and paddle, walk, ride and abseil to Lismore.

"They don't get in a car for nine days."

Mr Pringle said their first counselling camp in August had profound effects on those taking part.

"It was funny. They were sitting in their canoes and the bridge where they finished was in sight and they didn't want to keep going," he said.

"They just sat there. They didn't want it to end.

"It's more than just the enjoyment, they felt safe and that they could make a positive change to their lives. …

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