Kenbi Rangers inspire next generation to care for country

Date: Jul 15, 2020

The Kenbi Rangers, along with a number of supporters and stakeholders, hosted a junior ranger camp over three days in July at Charles Point as part of their ongoing commitment to engaging with the local community.

Children aged form five to 12 years from Belyuen and Darwin and their parents/guardians were invited to camp at Charles Point over three days to participate in the camp. Children from Wagait Beach were also invited to participate.

A total of 35 kids attended the camp with another 15 kids from Wagait Beach joining in with the organised activities on the Thursday.

Upon arrival the kids received a bag that included a Kenbi fishing shirt, posters, stickers, drink bottle and sunhat.

Day one of the camp involved a trip to Bare Sand Island on board the Sea Darwin vessels. The kids were up at the crack of dawn and fed a cooked breakfast. Lunches for the trip were made by the kids the night before with the assistance of parents.

The kids were lucky enough to hold Flatback turtle hatchlings that were being looked after by the researchers.

The researchers gave a talk about the turtles that nest on Bare Sand Island and how to protect their habitats. 

 They also had an opportunity to go digging for turtle eggs. On their return trip home they spotted bottlenose dolphins in Bynoe Harbour and an Australian submarine in Darwin Harbour. 

Day two was a full day of organised sessions, talks and workshops with kids from Wagait Beach joining in.

Kenbi Rangers would like to thank all the supporters and stakeholders that contributed and assisted with the camp. The success of the Junior Ranger camp was thanks to everyone involved including parents and all volunteers.

The camp was successful in encouraging children to engage and interact with rangers to learn about land management and conservation and we hope it inspired the next generation of future rangers.