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Our Camps

How camp works...

We currently run 13 exciting, fun-filled, positive and inspiring camp programs annually for hundreds of children aged 7 to 11 years, across 4 states of Australia.  Each camp has 1-3 camp directors plus their trusted assistants who prepare throughout the year for their chance to give children who are described as 'at risk', a place to be a kid without a care in the world.  

The camp week kicks off when the children arrive at camp on a bus, to a group of very excited buddies holding up signs with a child's name on it.   Each child is paired up with a buddy who ensures their safety, to be a friend and a positive adult role model.   Everyone receives a t-shirt and the choice of various soft toys & back-pack.  The week's activities can include horse riding, archery, fishing, woodwork, arts and crafts, tea party/ pamper party, animal farm, adventure playground and so much more.  One of the highlights is the birthday party where each child is given a birthday present.  On the last night there is the Have-A-Go show where children and buddies get to perform together on stage.  

By the end of the week, friendships have been made and hope has been restored.  Before the children say goodbye to get on the bus, their buddy gives them a memory album with photos taken of them during their week at camp.   This is sometimes the only photos they have of themselves.  Needless to say these albums are cherished for many years.  

We have so many children, who for reasons that we can't go into, have never experienced a care free environment where they feel safe.  At SCKC we go to great lengths to ensure each child is given this chance.

Our Camp Objectives

  • To assist in the development of their personal skills and attitudes
  • To provide opportunities to help develop a sense of personal competence
  • To build trust, a healthy self-esteem and confidence
  • To provide a safe, secure environment
  • Helping abused children reach their potential
  • Provide an opportunity to change the negative impact of abuse and break the cycle of abuse

We aim to give each child

  • A sense of achievement, confidence and hope
  • A week of activities that encourage fun and laughter and allow them to be children again
  • An experience of unconditional acceptance and attention
  • Memories of a great week with new friends
  • Gifts with 'no strings attached' including: t-shirt, hat, birthday box, carry bag, toys, books, art & craft items, toiletries and a special memory album filled with pictures of their time at camp.

Apart from being a buddy, volunteers also include the camp directors who oversee and manage the camps, support personnel to assist the buddies, a registered nurse, a child social worker, activity coordinators, errand and laundry person, photographer, games/sports coach, music coordinator and special guest presenters.

During each camp, we ensure a 1:1 ratio of children to adults. Some of our adults are called 'buddies' - they provide positive adult role models and are responsible for the care and safety of the children during the camp. We enforce strict policies which include that no buddy is to be alone with their child when out of sight of a group.

It is our policy that all volunteers attending camps are selected through a strict screening process which includes interviews, checking references and Children's Checks. We place a high value on our volunteers and provide in-depth training sessions whereby equipping them with the necessary skills essential for developing positive relationships with the children in our care. We also maintain ongoing contact with our volunteers, via email, letters, phone calls, reunion breakfasts and dinners and have found that many return to help again year after year providing invaluable experience to the teams.

 

News and Events

All Sorts Opportunity Shop

SCKC has partnered with All Sorts Opportunity Shop in Boronia. We just love being apart of such a great team. If you have any items that can be sold and you no longer need, All Sorts would be happy to take them off hands. All proceeds go to the ongoing work of Southern Cross Kids' Camps. Read more...

Carolyn's Legacy

On Saturday the 14th February 2015, our Founding Director, Carolyn Boyd departed this life to be with the Lord. Words fail to express our feelings of loss and grief, as Carolyn was a true servant and ongoing volunteer. She was not only our Founding Director, she was a Writer, a Leader, a Teacher, and she was also our friend. Read more...

Certificate of Recognition 2016

The City of Dandenong recently held a presentation evening where 4 SCKC representatives attended. At the event, SCKC received a Certificate of Recognition presented by the Mayor of Dandenong, Cr Heang Tak. The Endeavour Camp was supported by the City of Dandenong by receiving a community support grant in 2015. Read more...

Make a Difference

At Southern Cross Kids' Camps we believe that the greatest calling on earth is to take part in the challenge of raising a generation of children who have a hope in the future. Read more...

Our Camps

Our annual camps offer specialised programs for children who have experienced abuse. Each child participates in enjoyable activities ranging from sports, obstacle courses, group games, craftwork and we aim to bring some joy and laughter back into the lives of these children.

Camp Dates