Caras Camps for Kids provide children and teenagers aged 4 to 18 with complex disabilities the chance to experience the fun of going away on camp.
They host 15 camps all over South Australia each year with some over a long weekend and others up to five nights. Camping locations include Warradale, Willochra, Seahaven, Port Hughes, Encounter Bay, Berri, Renmark, Clare and JRC Scouts Camp.
Activities on camp are accessible and developmentally-appropriate with campers encouraged to experience as many activities as possible, however, participation is always the choice of the camper.
The kids will enjoy meeting new people, forming new friendships, making memories and having loads of fun.
Care and Attendance Children can attend as many camps as they wish so attending a camp every school holidays is definitely a possibility.
The ratio of campers to carers at most camps is 3:1. However, Cara takes multiple volunteers along to each camp so that most campers have a 1:1 ‘buddy’ for the duration of the camp.
Campers are all split into groups of three to four campers (depending on the needs of the group) for the camp and one staff member, known as a Community Support Worker, leads each group. This staff member manages all Personal Care, Medication, Health Support and, if required due to specific eating issues, all mealtimes for their campers in their group.
Each group then has three to four volunteers assigned to it for general day-to-day activity supervision support and to ensure that all campers are engaged and getting involved in the activities.
Transport and Sleeping Arrangements For camps in rural and regional locations Cara offers transport for all campers, staff and volunteers from a central drop off point. Generally, there are two meeting
points on offer for campers. A location nearby Cara’s Eastern Office Glenunga and a second drop off point depending where the camp is en route to.
The sleeping arrangements vary depending on the campsite. Generally, it is dormitory-style bunk rooms where campers sleep on the bottom bunks and volunteers sleep on the top bunks. Each dormitory has one CSW also sleeping in it.
Payments and NDIA If you have selected for the NDIA to manage your child’s funds and to pay providers directly, then all Cara will need from you is a copy of your child’s plan so that we can link with them on the NDIS portal. Once your child has attended a camp, Cara will bill the NDIS directly through this portal for the total cost of the camp.
You certainly do have the option to self-fund your child’s attendance at camp – you can pay for part of the camp or the full cost. For example, if your child’s plan is running low on respite funds and the NDIS plan only has enough funding left in it to cover a portion of the cost of camp, then Cara can bill the NDIS for this portion and the remainder of the bill can be sent directly to your family for payment. Camp costs are personalised depending on the level of support your child requires – please contact us to discuss.