In NSW, we offer four kinds of Edmund Rice Camps programs, each catering to the needs of our local communities.
Our programs typically take place during school holidays and are designed and implemented by our amazing volunteers and overseen by our experienced staff.
We deliver 6 week-long camps per year which are followed by a special one-day Picnic Day event, designed to reunite our campers and have a day of fun and sausage sizzles!
We also run Big Outdoor Adventure Camps (BOAC) for teens. This is a weekend program where we take advantage of the great outdoors, staying in tents and enjoying mother nature.
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Our week-long co-ed camps combine 25-30 children with 25-35 trained young adult volunteers for a week of recreation, games, activities, connection, confidence and fun.
Camps are for four days and three nights and typically run from Tuesday 10:30am to Friday 11am for children.
A volunteer orientation day occurs on the Monday prior to our participants arrival. Everyone stays in accommodation on-site.
The camp location is typically in the Western Sydney are but can vary to other Sydney & Surrounds sites from time to time.
These camps are suitable for children aged 5 - 15 years
We sometimes run smaller age-group-based camps for 5-11/ 11-14/ 13-16 yrs depending on demand and availability of volunteer leaders.
Our teen BOAC ( Big Outdoor Adventure Camp) are for the teenagers and are run as single gender experiences for participants
We combine 8-12 young teens with 8-12 young adult volunteers for a truly epic weekend tent camping at a campground close to Sydney (location varies). The camps typically run over a weekend with overnight stay in tents on Friday and Saturday night.
No tent camping experience necessary.
Activities are mostly active and outdoor and can include fishing, bike riding, rafting, bushwalking, camp cooking and more. Teen camps are designed to teach self awareness and resilience and leadership and responsibility. These camps are an important step for any teens who like the idea of being a camp leader one day in the future!
Suitable for teens aged 13-17
Picnic Days are a special one-day program designed to reunite all the children and volunteers from each camp once they have returned to normal life.
These events are held 4-6 weeks after the week-long camp they attended and are a great chance to renew friendships, remember the things we learned on camp, and have a few sausages on the BBQ!
Picnic Days are a wonderful experience to feel alike a part of the Edmund Rice Camps community for both participants and volunteers alike. Picnic locations vary though are typically in or around Western Sydney and are free of charge.
Details are announced after each camp via email to all
referrers, carers or parents.
HEAD 2 HEART
Our overnight Head 2 Heart programs provide an opportunity for kids to get a taste of Edmund Rice Camps, or reconnect if they are a regular camper.
These programs are held at on-site a partner Sydney (or surrounds) high school where selected year 10 or 11 students participate in a young leadership program and work along side our experienced young adult volunteer camp leaders and staff to provide connection, safety and fun for our young participants.
The 24 hour program runs from 11am on Saturday and finishes at 11am the next day. Participants have a fun sleepover on camp mats in the school hall or smaller classrooms. During the daytime and early evening everyone participates in games, challenges, teamwork and something creative while connecting with each other.
This program is suitable for 6 - 11 year old participants
In 2024/25 we are planning to return to Regional NSW and the ACT! We ran our first ACT/ South Coast camp in July 2019, which was an amazing success.
These programs rely on extra funding and resources for our team and volunteers t travel from Sydney, so we are hoping to secure a partnership to ensure these continue to be offered into the future.
Watch this space...
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A CHILD'S WORTH
"Eddie Rice Camps have been such an awesome thing for me!
The games and activities they put on for us kids is the best fun I've ever had.
I feel so good about myself and my new friends when I get home".
— Will, Camp Participant