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Kids' camps

Kids' camps

About our kids' camps

 

Canoeing

Who are we?

Sport and Recreation is a Government agency committed to bringing communities closer together through recreational and outdoor activities. Our Sport and Recreation Centres have been providing positive life-changing experiences using traditional camp values for over 50 years. If the name rings a bell, it may be because we organise and run camps for many schools in NSW.

Our Kids’ Camps run every school holiday period and cater for children aged 7-16 years. We offer day only camps all the way to seven day, residential camps. Check out what’s on to see what’s available these school holidays.

What kids will get from their camp experience

Junior camps: 7-12 years

  • Make new friends  - Getting to know others in a friendly environment.
  • Achieve personal goals - Mastering a new skill or developing a new talent.
  • Trying new things - Learning a new activity such as canoeing or archery.
  • Overcoming a challenge - Conquering height fears or mastering an initiatives course.
  • Health and fitness - Recognising the value of staying active through action packed days at camp.
  • Problem solving - Finding different ways to approach a task and learning to listen to others.

“Our raft wouldn’t float so we had to find ways to fix it. We then all climbed aboard and it didn’t sink at all,” said Felix, aged 11.

Teenage camps: 13 years and over

  • Relationship building - Developing long lasting relationships.
  • Team building - Valuing the benefits of helping others.
  • Leadership - Stepping out of comfort zones and taking responsibility for something.
  • Health and fitness - Recognising the value of staying active
  • Personal growth - Building self-esteem and recognising own strengths.

“The team building and initiative activities were my favourite because they were so challenging but I was in a group with my friends so they didn’t make me feel bad if I messed up or something, we could just laugh at it and have fun,” said Lucy, aged 15.

Qualified activity instructors

Our qualified and experienced activity Instructors are trained and accredited outdoor leaders.  All Instructors hold a first aid and resuscitation certificate, as well as training in child protection guidelines. They provide a safe environment where kids can try a range of sports, crafts and outdoor activities that they normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to do.

Archery

Supporting camper wellbeing

Our friendly, supportive and caring Group Leaders really make camp the very best fun it can be. They supervise and engage kids throughout the camp, fostering a positive, inclusive, safe and fun environment. The Group Leaders makes sure each child settles into their new environment on the first day, encourages the development of good social skills and ensures that each child’s wellbeing is maintained.

Modern facilities

Every Centre is equipped with modern facilities including comfortable dormitory-style accommodation with bathrooms, commercial kitchens where our qualified caterers prepare plentiful and nutritious meals, and large seated dining halls.

A typical day at camp


7am

 

Wake up, tidy cabins and prepare for the day

8am

 

Breakfast and free time

9am

 

Peak activity (eg high ropes, canoeing, abseiling)

OR

Program specific activity (eg surfing, horse riding, paint skirmish)

PLUS

Morning tea

10am

 

11am

 

12 noon

Lunch / Free time

 

1pm

 

2 x recreational activities (eg initiatives, archery, fishing)

OR

1 x Peak activity

AND

Afternoon tea

2pm

 

3pm

 

4:30pm

 

Free time or swimming pool or team sports

5:30pm

 

Showers

6pm

 

Dinner

7pm

 

Night show (eg dance party, trivia or camp fire)

8pm

 

9pm

 

Supper

Lights out

Serious about safety

Safety is a top priority for Sport and Recreation Centres and we have an excellent record. Here are some of the ways we make sure the camp experience is a safe one for all concerned:

  • Fully qualified staff
  • Thorough Working with children checks for all staff
  • First aid and 24-hour staff support

 

 

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