Lions Youth Haven Educational Program at Westwood Farm
Lions Youth Haven is a registered not for profit organisation owned and
supported by the Lions Clubs in Canberra and Queanbeyan.
Westwood Farm is located on the Kambah Pool Road 20 minutes from the centre
of Canberra .The farm consists of 200 hectares bounded by nature reserves
and national parks.
The objectives of the education program are to:
- Provide an outdoor environment where young people are able to learn basic skills which equip them to better fill their places in society as self-sufficient and productive individuals.
- Provide experiences for young people where they can gain confidence and self-respect.
- In particular the program aims to develop team building, problem solving and knowledge about farm activities including chicken-rearing, handling and feeding poddy calves, lambs, plant propagation and water watch.
- The program and activities will be tailored to meet the students’ interests.
In 2017, for students from years 7, we will be running a 3 week taster program and
an 8 week program from week 2 to week 9 each term.
These operate with a trained teacher, a staff member from the school/s and 8 students.
A bus is available to transport students to and from school.
Morning tea and lunch are provided with the students involved in the preparation and cleaning up.
Students are expected to wear suitable clothing for an outdoor activity with
covered shoes and a brimmed hat.
Students are also encouraged to bring a water bottle.
This program has been heavily subsidised through a grant from The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund
(Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised program 2016)
and the Lions Clubs of Canberra.
The cost for the 8 week program is $2200 and schools are invoiced at the end of the program.
Farm Skills Taster Program
This program will run for one day per week for 3 weeks as an opportunity for schools to trial the program to see if it meets the needs of their students.
During the first week students are introduced to farm life each coming for a day.
They learn about chickens from incubation to egg laying hens and are able to hold the
chickens to weigh them so that their growth can be charted.
The noisy ducklings are also weighed and found to be about ten times the weight of the new chickens.
Literacy and numeracy learning are further developed throughout the program.
The poddy calves have to be fed twice a day with students learning how to mix the formulas well as the important of hygiene.
Students are also taught how to lead the calves on halters.
Students are introduced to the life cycle of plants with seedlings being planted as well seeds.
In the longer program more time is spent on the growing and producing of vegetables.
On arrival from their schools students have morning tea of raisin toast and Milo and prepare the BBQ lunch and also wash up etc.
Nutrition is also important so there is an emphasis on fresh fruit and salads.
Real Life skills!!!