Family Camps enable the whole family to enjoy quality time together, reconnect, and build a supportive community with other families facing cancer.
Kids’ Camps are filled with laughter and optimism, allowing kids facing cancer to make friends with others in a similar situation. Children get to experience time away from their parents filled with new friends and adventures – building resilience and life skills in the process.
Siblings are also welcome at camp, as we know their needs can sometimes be overlooked when someone else in the family is impacted by cancer.
Parents are able to relax when their children attend a camp as well. Medical Volunteers ensure kids’ health needs are always met, and each child has a dedicated Camp Companion to make sure they have the best time.
We hold camps across Australia in both metro and regional areas.
Junior Camps create a fun and happy environment for children aged 7 to 9 to learn, laugh and rediscover their strengths.
Children impacted by cancer, including siblings and bereaved siblings, are able to take part in physical and creative activities that help them develop new skills, celebrate their achievements, and build confidence.
These camps also offer the opportunity for children to have a break from the intensity of the treatment cycle and meet other kids who understand what they’re going through.
After Junior Camp, children routinely return home with a sense of accomplishment, improved self-esteem and renewed independence.
Middle Camp has been designed for older children aged 10 to 13 so they can experience the joys of camping and develop new life skills.
Packed with fun, as well as creative and challenging activities, children dealing with cancer and their siblings are able to build confidence and self-esteem. It’s also an opportunity to meet new friends who understand what they’re going through, have a break from the cancer experience, and create fun new memories.
Older children are encouraged to find value in problem solving and working within a team environment. They also get to explore the role they play in maintaining healthy, positive relationships.
Kids overwhelmingly return home from Middle Camp with increased optimism and resilience to better cope with the situation they face.
Camp Quality also provides kids impacted by a parent or carer’s diagnosis a vital break from cancer.
KICC Kids’ Camps give children aged 7-13 the opportunity to make friends who are in a similar situation, take a break from what can be a frightening reality, and have some fun.
Meanwhile, these camps give parents a breather from worrying about how their child is coping. The camp experience is also available when a child tragically loses a parent or carer to cancer.
Jonah (00:00): Hi, my name is Jonah. I’m eight years old.
Kylie (00:05): Hello, I’m Kylie. I’m Jonah’s mom. Jonah had a very rare brain tumor. Jonah spent 15 months initially in hospital. Jonah went to junior camp this year, and that was just an amazing, momentous day. It was the first moment that he had spent time away from family. So we placed an enormous amount of trust in the Camp Quality team. And we had no doubts that they would take great care of him.
Caption (00:08): Jonah was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 3 months.
Caption (00:10): He spent 15 months in hospital undergoing chemotherapy.
Caption (00:29): Camp Quality Junior Camps provide essential childhood experiences.
Jonah (00:32): My favorite things to do at camp are colour run and paper planes
Kylie (00:40): That cancer diagnosis is really a diagnosis of the family.
Caption (00:50): Register your family today. campquality.org.au
Speaker 1 (00:00): Such a positive effect when you’ve got something to look forward to, it makes a huge difference. It’s really special. With the situation now with COVID, we’re back in very familiar territory as all cancer families would be. It’s not only one virus, it’s everything is a potential threat. To then go to a Camp Quality event where every time you line up to touch anything, someone’s there with a squirty hand sanitizer. They know. They don’t make a huge, big deal out of it, it just is a safe environment, which is so incredible when you’re going through something where you never, ever feel safe.
Speaker 1 (00:38): And I remember one time Ollie coming, racing back, pouring with sweat across the basketball court or something at a family camp saying, “Mom, mom, Nicholas’ brother also takes six MP.” And dashing off again. And I did a kind of, “What?” And it all sort of clicked together in his mind that it wasn’t just him with his weird brother, and that counts for so much. That’s a huge, huge thing.
Speaker 1 (01:04): One of the fantastic things about the kids’ camps is that you’ve also got the safety of the medical vollie who’s there on site all the time, and that was where I really felt even those finer details were absolutely covered and he was in very, very safe hands. When the COVID isolation is eased and normal people and, inverted commas, can go back to normal lives, it doesn’t go back to normal for families who have children with cancer.
It’s been shown that both children with a cancer diagnosis and their siblings benefit greatly from the Kids’ Camp experience, according to a 2021 study by KPMG.
We’re currently developing camps for 14 and 15-year-old children. Watch this space.
Sometimes we combine our Junior Camps and Middle Camps into Combo Camps for kids aged 7–13. They’re the same mix of fun and challenging activities, with the chance to make friends, build confidence, and create new memories.