Children’s Charities


Cottage by the Sea is one of the most genuine children’s charities. We offer four types of camp programs, ranging from once-off camps (Take a Break) to ongoing support programs (REEF and Mentor). Your donations to Cottage by the Sea, one of the oldest Australian children’s charities, are vital to keeping these programs running each year. Our vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy life.

We offer children and young people Inspiration, Fun and Opportunity through diverse programs offered in a wide range of environments. During their camp experience, we provide opportunities for building positive relationships with peers and adult role models to help participants learn and grow. Whatever the program, Take a Break, REEF or Mentor, participants are encouraged to have fun, take risks and explore options in a safe and supportive setting. We seek to assist young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and resilience, inspiring them to remain engaged in education, family and their community and to achieve their goals.

Our programs emphasise co-operation and respect and encourage young people to be healthy, active, happy and secure. Participants are given the opportunity to engage in a range of leadership and outreach programs in a positive, friendly, healthy, seaside environment. Cottage by the Sea offers a number of camp programs, ranging from once-off camps to ongoing support, engagement and leadership programs.

Take a Break

The Take a Break program covers our mainstream weekly Cottage camps. The program emphasises co-operation and respect and encourages children to be healthy, active, happy and secure. This program also includes relief camps offered to children from areas affected by disasters such as bushfires and floods, as well as Refugee families.

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REEF (Recreation, Education, Environment, Friendship)

The REEF program is an experiential learning program designed to give young leaders of the future a head start. Beginning in grade six, the two year program follows a group of students through their final year of primary school and their first year of secondary school.

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Graduates of the REEF program are eligible to become CBTS Mentors. The Mentor program includes students in year 8 up until year 12. It builds upon the skills taught previously, further extending the young people. The underpinning goals of the program are for young people to be actively contributing to their community at school, home and at CBTS.

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Mentor Hospitality Program

This program provides Mentor participants with an opportunity to learn cooking skills in a kitchen based program. The purpose is to develop confidence, communication skills and team work, to enable participants to make healthy life choices, and to assist them in dealing with future life challenges. Participants work individually or in pairs with our head chef during Mentor camps and in their school holiday breaks.

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The National Program is an amazing adventure camp experience that offers young people the opportunity to gain vital life skills, as well as expanding their minds and experiences. The National Program expands on camp programs currently held at Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff

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