Holiday family mission
CHLOE Milgate, 9, of Lismore, was excitedly lined up to register for Scripture Union Family Mission's first day of games and activities last Friday at Evans Head in the caravan park.
The young holidaymaker was waiting with her brother Brayden, 5, and friends Sarah, 9, Caleb, 7, and Amelia, 3, Swan.
"I come because its fun and I like it," Chloe said.
"I have been to (a Scripture Union Mission) at Lennox Head and we went to the beach."
Chloe and her friends were some of the 200 children that registered with the Christian organisation's event, which has been a fixture of summer in Evans Head for 60 years.
Longest serving volunteer Dieter Mayer has been involved with the mission for more than 20 years.
"We seem to have about 200 children at any one time," he said.
"We cater for all ages, from Minis (ages 3-7), Keenites (ages 8-10), 6-7 Club (ages 11-12) and Teens (13-20).
"We even have an adult's tent."
Mr Mayer said parents were welcome to sit and have a cuppa while their kids joined in the wide range of activities that were run by the volunteer leaders.
"We have 80 volunteers here and they pay their own way," Mr Mayer said.
"The youngest volunteer is 16 and the oldest would be in their 70s."
The camp is very well set up, according to Mr Mayer, with an ice maker, dishwasher, hot water, barbecues and even a rotisserie.
The future of the mission has been questioned recently with the space becoming more expensive and smaller.
"We have some of the team staying at the gymnasium in the school because it has become too expensive to stay in the park," Mr Mayer said.
"We have met with the (caravan development) director and we know we may need to move to another part of town."
Mr Mayer said it wasn't any surprise as caravan parks had been developed along the east coast.
In the meantime, local and holidaying families can still enjoy the egg-throwing competitions, face painting, puppet shows, pantomimes, bush dances and more.
Run every summer the week after Christmas in Evans Head for nearly 60 years.
There are more than 50 missions run across NSW at the same time
2000 volunteers help run the missions
What's On SUFM Jan 5:
10am - Minis, Keenites, 67 - Tent time, Teens - Bowls
3pm - Minis - Disco, Keenites -Guys/Girls arvo, 67 - Ice Cream and Water Bombs, T - Guys/Girls arvo.
7.30pm - Farewell Dessert. Bring a plate.