Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again, with services and programs designed to help change the cancer story: in hospital, at home, at school or away from it all.
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Our Kids’ Guide to Cancer App is a world first award-winning app that supports kids who have a parent, sibling, friend,
or loved one with cancer. It’s a free, interactive educational program
that answers the most common questions children have about cancer in a language they understand.
The New Normal Navigator App (launching September 2019) is another essential online tool, designed to give parents of kids diagnosed with cancer the resources to help adjust to 'a new normal'.
Our Financial Support Program provides help for bereaved families in extreme financial difficulty.
Family Experiences are free tickets – to the zoo, the footy or a sparkling show – generously provided to Camp Quality to share with our families.
Our Child Life Therapists help kids deal
with being in hospital by teaching them playful techniques to understand
medical procedures as well as coping skills proven to reduce anxiety. Therapists will
stay by a child’s side throughout their time at hospital and form strong bonds
that can help the whole family.
The Camp Quality Puppets – Kylie, Melissa and Dean – visit kids in hospital each week, helping to
ease anxiety and make them laugh. For some kids, the shock of treatment makes
them shut down emotionally, even to their parents, but the puppets have a way of
connecting and letting them just be kids. When a child is in isolation, the
puppets perform at the window – often the only way of interacting with the
children during this time.
A friendly face in each of the children’s
hospitals around the country, Camp Quality’s Family Liaison Co-ordinators visit kids every week offering
support, advice, a ready smile and the essential connections families need to both Camp Quality's services and others.
As part our Primary School Education Program the Camp Quality Puppets – Kylie, Dean and Mel – visit primary schools and pre-schools across Australia. They perform a fun, empowering, interactive show that dispels the myths around cancer and creates an inclusive community for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, or who have a diagnosed parent or sibling. Kids who see the show are left in no doubt that not only do the Puppets make everybody laugh, but "you can't catch cancer!"
Our Kids' Camps provide
kids dealing with cancer – and their families – with the opportunity to get
away from it all, to laugh, make new friends and have grubby, glorious new adventures! Medical volunteers are always on hand to ensure health needs are cared for and
parents can relax.
Family Camps are an opportunity for parents, children and siblings to reconnect with each other and make new connections with other families in a similar situation.
Fun Days are awesome
planned events where families get together and enjoy something they may not
otherwise have had the opportunity to do, or the time to organise themselves, such as a
day in the bush or a trip to the zoo.
Our Family Experiences are about providing
families with an opportunity to have an unforgettable time and create
incredible memories, like cheering on a footy match, or going for a whirl on the rides at Luna Park, all for free!
Our Retreats are designed for families in remission, post-treatment or in the heartbreaking case of bereavement, and are often the first time a family will have been on holiday together since diagnosis. Located in Coffs Harbour and Salamander Bay (NSW), Warrnambool (VIC) and West Beach Caravan Park (SA), the retreats are beautiful, natural environments that help you all take a breath.