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Family Camp

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Camp Quality’s camps offer families impacted by cancer the chance for a weekend escape, an opportunity to reconnect, have fun and relax.

The camps cater for the whole family at no cost. Everyone gets to join in the fun. Kids-only activities are also scheduled, so parents have a chance to unwind too.

The relaxing and supportive environment is also an opportunity to meet and talk with other parents and children going through similar experiences and build strength through solidarity.

Family camps provide a break from the stresses of home and hospital, a getaway designed to help the whole family recharge, reduce stress, and increase resilience and the ability to cope.

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Camps are available all over Australia

Benefits of family camps

  • Increases each family member's resilience and ability to cope, without the pressure of financial expense
  • Allows parents/carers to re-connect with siblings and/or children with cancer. This is particularly important for siblings who can be confused and disappointed when parent’s attention is diverted to the child with cancer
  • Gives families the opportunity to build their support network by meeting and forming friendships with other families going through similar experiences
  • Strengthens parent/partner bonds and increases stability and unification in facing extreme adversity
  • Access to other support services and information about the cancer experience
  • Creates lasting, positive memories that can be a highlight during difficult times
  • Camp Quality Graduate

     

    Thank you so much Camp Quality for the past 11 years. Some of my best memories are being on camp. Camp Quality has always been there for me and my family and then to graduate today is amazing.

    I thought that everyone put a huge effort in to grad camp so thank you to everyone who helped organised it and the other states. I hope to see lots of you again some day.

  • Madelyne, Heath’s Grandma

     

    Heath loved it, didn't matter what activity they did, he just loved it. He would talk about it for weeks and weeks and weeks, and he was just always so happy when he came back.

    Isn't that marvellous that someone can make another person so happy? It becomes the most important thing in these kids' lives.

  • Rachael, Leah’s Mum

     

    Leah is shy but Camp Quality built up her confidence when they met us on the ward. Soon she was courageous enough to join the activities by herself and try new things.

    I can't explain how important it is just to have somebody like Camp Quality there. I can't really put into words how thankful I am. It's part of treatment. It's part of healing.

  • Ruth, Harley’s Grandma

     

    Harley just doesn't know how to act around other children. He struggled to make friends. But that changed when Camp Quality came into our lives.

    It's great he can go on camp and do skateboarding and soccer and I think he enjoys the male bonding.

  • Seth’s Mum

     

    My Seth had been absent for a while with all the bullying, appointments and surgery. But today he's back, he's happy and he's confident. My boy is home. I can't thank you enough for giving my boy the most amazing week of his life.

  • Sheila, Maya’s Mum

     

    After being stuck in hospital for so long, you take any opportunity to see your child happy, like at Camp Quality’s Family Fun Day. Plus - Maya got to see the kids she met in hospital again. They’re her friends now. We’re like one big happy family.

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How does it work?

Family camps are held over the weekend. There are around 100 family camps held across metropolitan and regional Australia every year.

Most venues offer family cabins or family rooms.

Thanks to our loyal donors, generous sponsors and energy and enthusiasm of our fundraisers and volunteers, family camps are 100% free of charge. We also provide fuel vouchers for families who have to travel long distances to get to camp.

Who is eligible?

Families who have a child diagnosed with cancer where there is a child/or children in the family who are 13yrs or younger.

For more information on this program, please contact your local office (include links to local office contact details).