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250K Youth Camp 2021: Postponed

Unfortunately, the National Allergy Strategy has made the decision to postpone the Western Australian 250K Youth Camp until 2022 due to COVID-19 and border closures. Instead, the National Allergy Strategy  team will be hosting a one day ‘250K Fun Day’ and are encouraging all those who were excited to come on camp to attend. 

Sleepovers, Slumber Parties and Movie Marathons

Staying at a friend’s place for the night is always a lot of fun. Sleepovers tend to be all about staying up all night, gossiping, eating, playing video games, watching movies and not a lot of sleep!
However, it can be daunting staying over at someone else’s house when you have a food allergy.

How to overcome bullies

Can we be real for a second? Being bullied is the worst.
It’s hurtful, and can have a huge impact on someone for a long time. Sadly most teens experience bullying at some stage in their lives. As someone living with severe food allergy, you may have actually experienced some form of bullying specifically about your allergy.

ReachOut for support

Our world and our lives have changed so much in such a short time due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is challenging for all of us and it is important that we reach out to those who can help us to adjust to the rapid changes in our lives.

Information about COVID-19

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has developed information and guidance regarding COVID-19. 

GALLERY: 250K Youth Camp – Group Shots

Check out the group shots from our November 2019 250K Youth Camp! 

GALLERY: 250K Youth Camp – Friday 22/11/2019

Friday on camp saw our Peer Mentors undertake the beginning of their training.

GALLERY: 250K Youth Camp – Saturday 23/11/2019

Saturday! Our only full-day on camp, and it was JAM-PACKED with fun activities, team bonding and learning about managing our allergies. 

GALLERY: 250K Youth Camp – Sunday 24/11/2019

Sadly, Sunday had to come around eventually. BUT – we had the most incredible morning snorkelling down at Flinders Pier.

Making the transition to high school

Starting high school is an exciting, but daunting time for everyone. Everything was a lot simpler in primary school; you had the same classmates, classroom and teacher for the whole year, and didn’t really have to think about moving around the school too much.

Your Guide to the Holiday Season

Happy Holidays!
The festive season is upon on. For many, this time of year brings about plenty of eating, drinking, and celebrating. For many with food allergies the holiday period can be difficult to manage as there is always SO MUCH FOOD around.

Hear from a 250K Youth Camper: Leander’s Story

Hi, my name is Leander and I’ve been living with a peanut and egg allergy for 18 years. Early 2019 I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend the National Allergy Strategy’s 250k Youth Camp.

Favourite 250K Camp Recipes

At the 250K Youth Camp in January our campers were treated some scrumptious desserts and sweet treats that catered to all 21 food allergies.  Now you can make some of your favourite foods from the 250K Youth Camp at home!  See the recipes used on camp below.  Read more

Having a ball at your high school formal

Years 10, 11 and 12 may be some of the hardest and stressful years at school – but, they come with rewards – a school formal/ball or social. It’s a night of celebration, glitz and glam, lots of photos and plenty of reminiscing, particularly for those finishing school. Read more

Video Competition – Winners Announced!

The results are in! Find out who the winners of our video competition are.

Coming Soon….New Website for Young Adults

What’s been happening at 250K
Over the past few months we have been progressing with an update to the 250K website. We are soon to have a NEW section entirely for young adults (ages 18-25), and a refreshed new look of the school-aged teens site. Read more 

GALLERY: 250K Youth Camp – Monday 21/01/2019

Monday at camp. An early start for us, we had to be up and packed, lunches made and ready to leave camp by 9am! It was then off to Sydney Trapeze school for circus lessons. We learnt how to trapeze, use aerial silks and to master juggling. To finish, we built our very own 250K human pyramid. What a blast. Read more

GALLERY: 250K Youth Camp – Sunday 20/01/2019

Sunday activities included rock climbing and the high ropes course, as well as more health discussions and team challenges. After the day’s activities, we were all pretty exhausted! But that didn’t stop us from joining Pete Griffiths (CEO Australian Camps Association) on an evening walk around camp.  Read more

GALLERY: 250K Youth Camp – Saturday 19/01/2019

We made it! Our first full day at camp. Saturday was jam-packed full of action. In the morning, we kayaked down the river, zoomed through the air on the flying fox. Later we swung as high as possible on the giant swing. Read more

Entries open for 250K Video Competition

A 2016 youth survey conducted by the National Allergy Strategy showed that 50% of respondents felt as though they couldn’t carry their EpiPen® during social occasions as the device is too bulky, and doesn’t fit in a clutch or pocket. Read more

Food Technology and Food Allergies

We can all agree starting high school is super nerve-racking. Meeting new people, having a number of different classes a day, and everyone just seem so BIG. But above all that, there is probably one subject that is worrying you most. Read more

Valentine’s Day

‘Will you be my Valentine?’ a phrase we all want to hear this coming Valentine’s Day. But when you have severe allergies February 14 can be downright awkward. Chocolates, flowers, maybe a cheeky lil’ kiss – eeep! Read More

Highlights from the first National Allergy Strategy 250K Youth Camp

The 250K youth camp was a great success according to the campers who participated. Read more for some of the highlights from the camp held at Yarramundi YMCA in Western Sydney in January 2019.

Back to School: Carrying your EpiPen®

As the summer holidays draw to a close – groans – you need to start thinking about how you are going to carry and store your EpiPen®(s) at school. Read More

Adrenaline and Temperature Control

It’s Summer. You’re probably spending a lot of your time out and about, at the beach or by the pool. But did you know that adrenaline can be affected by temperature? Read More

Allergy-Friendly Christmas Gift Guide

’tis the season to be jolly falalalah – help! I’ve drawn the name of someone with food allergy in Secret Santa. No need to stress! We’ve got you covered. Our allergy-friendly Christmas gift guide has plenty of ideas to get you in the gift-giving spirit. Read More

Managing Parties and Food Allergy

Parties can be a lot of fun. However, they can be the source of some seriously awkward situations when you’ve got a food allergy. Read More

Food allergy in the workplace

Navigating the business world can be a tough gig – especially when you’re applying for your first real job. Add food allergy to the mix, and this may create increased anxiety and stress. However, having a job, whether it’s part-time while you study or full time, doesn’t have to be like that. Read more

Food Allergy and Schoolies

Congratulations year 12 – let the celebrations begin!
Schoolies is right around the corner, and while this is an exciting time for most, for allergy suffers it could be quite unnerving. Read more

Food allergy and friends

Food allergy and friends

Do your friends know you have a food allergy? There are many reasons why they should.
Firstly, it makes it easier when deciding where to eat – if they know you are allergic to wheat for example, they’ll understand why you don’t want to go to a sandwich bar. Read more

Going to school camp

Camp food

With second term starting, school camps are in full swing.
Going on camp with food allergy has its challenges, but when we asked you whether you thought the hassle was worth it, the answer was clearly YES! Going on camp allows you to experience things that most people don’t get a chance to do. Read more

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