Connecting Youth with Friends, in Nature

Program Overview:

We know how challenging it can be supporting a child with special needs. Our camp programs allow you as a caregiver, guardian or parent and others in the family to have a break – all while developing a young person’s abilities through interactive, hands on fun. Throughout the last 10 years running camps for youth, we’ve found that nature is the perfect vehicle for self development! Aside from our own experience, there is a HUGE amount of research to back this up.

 

A core part of what we do is facilitating friendships and strengthening bonds between participants and our activities are specifically designed  to facilitate new connections, improving social skills, confidence and independence of participants. This gives our young people a chance to develop resilience and contribute to overcoming anxiety or other challengers. Ultimately,  this supports young people to reach their full potential and grow into a happier person and be better equipped to face life’s inevitable future challenges.

  • 1:1 or 1:2 Staff to Participant Ratio
  • Small group sizes
  • Dormitory Style Camp Program (not tents)
  • Fun for campers through lots of hands-on and engaging activities
  • A safe program, run by a company with 10 years experience hosting youth camps (that’s us!)
  • Super easy to organise – we want to make your life less busy and give you a break
Through our Respite Camps for kids with special needs, we offer youth a chance to enjoy camp activities and meet new people, try new things and develop friendships and life skills. Our Camps are a home away from home for kids which also means you as a carer can take a break.
 

Camps for Ages 7 to 17:

Yorke Peninsula | Mar 14th - 17th 2024

(Registration Cut Off – Feb 29th)

Join us for the Yorke Peninsula adventure in the stunning Innes National Park, a great program that is only a couple of hours drive from Adelaide.

This program incorporates some classic ‘peninsula’ activities such as rake crabbing, squid fishing and even boogie boarding! In addition to that, we visit some of the must-see places and hopefully stumble across some of the commonly-seen baby emu’s along the way! We visit the famous Ethel Wreck, West Cape Lookout and Cape Spencer Lookout. A brilliant program for adventures with plenty of energy and a desire for interactive nature-play. 

Murray River | Apr 16th - 19th

(Registration Cut Off – April 1st)

Escape to the Murray River, perfect for locals seeking a break or adventurers from Adelaide and beyond. Immerse yourself in an array of curated activities, including the enchanting Mannum Waterfalls Walk, a Paddleboat Cruise, and the camaraderie devbeloped sitting by a Campfire. Uncover the river’s secrets with yabbying and fishing, and take on a simple and supported Raft Building Challenge, and possibly embark on a Kayaking adventure. Wind down with Movie Night or Hall Games. Explore Monarto Zoo and start your day with serene Morning Fishing and a thrilling Scavenger Hunt. Book now for a unique Murray River experience!

Port Lincoln | Apr 22nd - 25th 2024

(Registration Cut Off – Apr 8th)

Our Pt Lincoln Camp is suitable for those living in Pt Lincoln, or for those who wish to fly over from Adelaide or elsewhere. We have a huge range of activities and the most unique activity on this summer camp is our ‘Swimming with the Seals‘ activity – it’s an unmissable supported adventure, that is uniquely Pt Lincoln!

Flinders Ranges |May 16th -19th

(Registration Cut Off – May 2nd)

Ancient mountain ranges, incredible gorges, and some brilliant bush tucker experiences would make you think you were navigating the terrain of another world. Explorers can be immersed in breath taking scenery during the day, and be amazed by the clear skies at night.

Our Southern Flinders Ranges program specifically focuses on Aboriginal culture, as we have 4 days to participate in activities such as dot painting, wood carving, yarning circles and sometimes even rake crabbing (seasonal)! All Aboriginal knowledge is taught by an Indigenous cultural educator.

 

Adelaide Hills | June 6th - 9th

(Registration Cut Off – May 23rd)

Whether you’re a local seeking a peaceful retreat or arriving from another area, this experience seamlessly merges the charm of nature with the excitement of urban exploration.

Discover a range of activities that authentically capture the essence of Adelaide Hills and Adelaide City. From a visit to Melba’s Chocolate Factory to tree climbing in Kuitpo Forest, each experience provides a genuine connection to the unique offerings of the region.

Central Australia | July 2nd - 6th

(Registration Cut Off – June 18th)

Join us for a distinctive journey on our Central Australia Camp, this experience effortlessly combines the beauty of nature with the history of Aboriginal cultural. It’s truly a perfect back drop for developing social skills, having fun and stepping a bit out of your comfort zone (being so rural)

We use various destinations as a place to understand more about Aboriginal culture > this includes places like Uluru (Ayers Rocks), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Watarrka National park (Kings Canyon) and much more!

Be part of this special retreat, delving into the heart of Central Australia.

Naracoorte Caves | July 9th - 12th

(Registration Cut Off – June 25th)

The Naracoorte Caves tell the story of Australia’s unique animal heritage, as the caves preserve the most complete fossil record spanning several ice ages.

A whole range of topics can be explored, including palaeontology, geology, the secret world of bats, adventure caving and of course personal development activities too. In this camp, of course we do enter into the caaves, including Alexandra Cave and Victoria Fossil Cave. Additionally, we get to do some fun activities like trying our Stand Up Paddleboarding (inside an dormant volcano > yes, you read that correct!)

Central Australia | July 16th - 20th

(Registration Cut Off – July 2nd)

Join us for a distinctive journey on our Central Australia Camp, this experience effortlessly combines the beauty of nature with the history of Aboriginal cultural. It’s truly a perfect back drop for developing social skills, having fun and stepping a bit out of your comfort zone (being so rural)

We use various destinations as a place to understand more about Aboriginal culture > this includes places like Uluru (Ayers Rocks), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Watarrka National park (Kings Canyon) and much more!

Be part of this special retreat, delving into the heart of Central Australia.

Campers Ages 18 to 30

Flinders Ranges | May 21st - 24th

(Registration Cut Off – May 7th)

Ancient mountain ranges, incredible gorges, and some brilliant bush tucker experiences would make you think you were navigating the terrain of another world. Explorers can be immersed in breath taking scenery during the day, and be amazed by the clear skies at night.

Our Southern Flinders Ranges program specifically focuses on Aboriginal culture, as we have 4 days to participate in activities such as dot painting, wood carving, yarning circles and sometimes even rake crabbing (seasonal)! All Aboriginal knowledge is taught by an Indigenous cultural educator.

Naracoorte Caves | June 18th - 21st

(Registration Cut Off – June 4th)

The Naracoorte Caves tell the story of Australia’s unique animal heritage, as the caves preserve the most complete fossil record spanning several ice ages.

A whole range of topics can be explored, including palaeontology, geology, the secret world of bats, adventure caving and of course personal development activities too. In this camp, of course we do enter into the caaves, including Alexandra Cave and Victoria Fossil Cave. Additionally, we get to do some fun activities like trying our Stand Up Paddleboarding (inside an dormant volcano > yes, you read that correct!)

Central Australia | July 30th - Aug 3rd

(Registration Cut Off – July 16th)

Join us for a distinctive journey on our Central Australia Camp, this experience effortlessly combines the beauty of nature with the history of Aboriginal cultural. It’s truly a perfect back drop for developing social skills, having fun and stepping a bit out of your comfort zone (being so rural)

We use various destinations as a place to understand more about Aboriginal culture > this includes places like Uluru (Ayers Rocks), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Watarrka National park (Kings Canyon) and much more!

Be part of this special retreat, delving into the heart of Central Australia.

What Sets Us Apart?

Fun – we provide experiences that are hands-on, engaging for youth and are generally nature-based. We specifically do this ins a group environment so that our youth have the opportunity to grow with others, develop social skills, independence, confidence and resilience as well as experiencing something new and possibly falling in love with a new nature-based activity! The vast majority of our campers and repeat campers and that is a testimony to how much fun the kids have, and the truly lifelong friendships that our camps forge!  

Safe – with almost 10 years of experience facilitating nature-based programs for youth, our safety processes are second to none. Not only do we have a minimum 1:2 support staff to participant ratio, but we also have an additional ‘Program Coordinator’ who is a spare adult person, and we have a camp chef. Our accommodations are always exclusively for our usage only (meaning no public stay on site with us) and we also have 24-7 staff supervision > yes this means we even have staff on night duty. Our risk management process and contingency planning is high level, for all activities and the tour in general. We even have staff with specialty training for certain medical considerations if required. 

Easy to Organise – Our camp sign-up and registration process has been designed specifically for busy parents/guardians and support workers. We are ultimately here to provide guardians a break, and therefore the last thing we want to do is create more paperwork for you. We have tried to make our sign up process as easy as possible and always welcome feedback to help improve it too!

Group Settings – A group setting has a huge rang of benefits compared to an individual mentoring or individual respite experience. Not only do we still have great support, but our camps offer:

  • interaction with others in their age group, which allows friendships to be formed, and social obstacles to be overcome > it’s the perfect supported environment to practice these skillset.
  • If one of our support staff gets sick or injured during the camp, we have extra/spare staff available at all times. This risk minimisation is not possible on 1:1 individual programs, additionally, this allows us to have 24/7 supervision (yes, even night shift)
  • Our campers interact with multiple support staff, and some may find great common ground with not just 1 support worker, but possibly more. 
  • For home-schooled kids specifically, this provides a perfect substitute to a ‘typical school camp’ that most children their age get to experience. 
 

Aboriginal Culture – Although not at the heart of every single program, we do like to incorporate Aboriginal cultural components into our programs. We have a lot of experience working with Aboriginal Elders and some of our staff are Aboriginal too. With our nature-based philosophy, we naturally consider Aboriginal culture to be important, and we do often explain to our campers which particular language group’ area we are visiting and try to provide cultural context. The Flinders Ranges programs specifically focus heavily on Aboriginal culture.

Note: 83.33% of our camp programs sell out before the ‘registration cut off date’, so make sure to book in advance if there is a specific camp you wish to go on.

 

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