Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley sits a beautiful camp that members from the RPCA built and still maintain to this day: Dixons Creek. The RPCA holds 5 camps a year: Fellowship Camp, Young Adults Camp, Youth Camp, Junior Camp, and Working Bee Camp.

Each year, people from the Geelong, McKinnon, and Frankston congregations come together at Dixons Creek for a several days long working bee. It’s always helpful to get the camp ready for the fire danger season, do some general cleaning and maintenance, and a blessed time for fellowship together. This year was especially nice as it was the only one of the camps that was able to take place due to different restrictions throughout the year. Around 30 people came to work, doing anything from tree cutting to weed spraying, cleaning, painting, and lots and lots of wood cutting, dragging, stacking, and more.  

Watching Allan Nelson and Brett Mikelsons cut down trees provided a welcome reason to stop work and sit in the cool shade.

It’s always lovely to see people of all ages working and playing side by side. It’s not all hard work, in the evenings we sit around in the cool shade, eating dinner together, celebrating birthdays, skipping, playing games or going for walks. You might even spot some Australian animals.

We’d appreciate prayers that camps in 2022 would be able to be scheduled and go ahead as planned without restrictions. If you’d like to know more about the RPCA camps checkout our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RPCAcamp

Thanks to Bessie Mikelsons from Geelong RPC for the photos and to Maria Pockras from Frankston RPC for putting this article together.

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