Kids’ Camps mean children impacted by cancer get to enjoy the fun times that childhood should be all about: friends, adventure and laughter.
The routine of hospital stays and treatment often means families no longer get the chance to spend quality time together.
Camp Quality Family Camps give back some of that precious time. It’s a much-needed opportunity for families to reconnect with each other and share the ongoing experiences they face with others in a similar situation.
These wonderful camps not only help families develop resilience towards their cancer experience, they often help forge lifelong friendships, too. Camp volunteers are on hand to help parents relax by keeping their kids entertained and safe.
Our Family Camps also support kids impacted by the cancer diagnosis of a loved one, whether it’s a parent, a carer or a sibling, as their needs can often be overlooked, and they sometimes miss out on moments of carefree childhood fun.
If you have a child aged 15 years or under facing cancer, or you’re a parent or primary carer diagnosed with cancer and have a child 15 years or under in your household, you are eligible to register with Camp Quality.
Research shows that both children and parents reap positive benefits from attending a Camp Quality Family Camp, according to a 2021 study by KPMG.
of parents surveyed said that the opportunity to spend time as a family and create positive memories was very valuable for their family
of parents noted they found improvements to their family relationships to be very valuable. Family Camps helped them to experience laughter and joy, and also connect after treatment.
improvement in family cohesion and adaptability after a camp.
reduction in overall feelings of loneliness from before the camp experience
Jenny: I feel that the general population doesn’t know how hard it is to have a child with cancer. Eli was born at 38 weeks. When he was born he never took that first breath and he needed to be resuscitated and transferred up to the Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick.
Peter: Dr. Lau came and spoke to us again and formally diagnosed that he had neuroblastoma, which is an aggressive form of childhood cancer, and the walls just come crashing down. It was just the hardest thing to ever be told. I was breaking down, poor Jen was breaking down. I reached out to Camp Quality just to let them know how much we’re suffering because we weren’t coping at all. We were falling apart as a family unit.
Jenny: Fun is so important for kids that have faced cancer because they’ve missed out on opportunities that if they had a normal sibling or if they were well, that they would’ve received anyway. They’ve been through the hard slog and they deserve just to have some fun and enjoy themselves. I’m looking forward to Family Camp, just so my kids can just be kids, to have activities, to reconnect with other children, and just have fun.
Peter: But also to meeting other families that have walked our footsteps, that get what we’re going through.
Jenny: Families like us, get the world deserved break to see our children happy, to see our family happy, to reconnect.
Luke Rollinson (00:03): My name is Luke Rollinson.
Katie Rollinson (00:05): And I’m Katie Rollinson. And we’ve got Eli who is four in April and Harper who was two in November. So we’d heard of Camp Quality throughout our local community, but it wasn’t until the social worker came and visited us in the hospital that we really understood what services they offered and how that could help us as a family that was going through cancer.
Luke Rollinson (00:26): For our first family camp, we went to Perisher, which was amazing for us.
Katie Rollinson (00:32): While we were at the camp at the snow, we got an opportunity to meet other families. Really beautiful to share our experiences and to understand that we’re not alone. We’re not going through this alone. So that was very valuable to us.
Luke Rollinson (00:44): To go to family camp and meet some of these amazing volunteers that dedicate their own time to come in and look after my kids is just … I haven’t got words for that. It’s just amazing.
Katie Rollinson (00:55): For us, Camp Quality means that we get a bit of a break. We get a chance to recoup, a chance to spend time with our family.
Luke Rollinson (01:02): We can’t thank Camp Quality enough for giving us that opportunity.