Eight local children have had a trip of a lifetime after spending a week at Camp Elim, near Forster, courtesy of the Lions Club of Inverell, Macintyre Lions and Warialda.
Lions Club of Inverell president Tom Cattell said each year children are selected to attend the getaway camp as an opportunity to have fun and learn new skills.
Fundraising from the three Lions Clubs contributed to paying for the eight youngsters to attend the fun-packed holiday.
"We select kids who probably won't have been able to go away on holidays otherwise. With bushfires and the drought hitting the area this year, families just don't have the money."
A team of specially trained leaders spent the week running activities and encouraging the local kids to have the best possible time away.
Campers were put into teams where they had a friendly points-based competition. They could earn points for completing activities, having good manners, helping others and by keeping their rooms tidy.
Activities included an adventure tower, giant swing, archery, canoeing, raft making, team building challenges. The kids also participated in various crafts and a movie night.
Each morning the local kids participated in life tools sessions providing them with important tools to help deal with issues in life such as self esteem, bullying, anger and more.
Topics include choices, pressure, revenge and forgiveness, identity and personal growth- all important aspects of life.
Mr Cattell said the eight local kids were thankful for the opportunity and had positive stories to share about their experience at Camp Elim.