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Our Purpose

We are a community

that builds purpose and hope for young people.

At Edmund Rice Camps SA (ERCSA) we believe that every child deserves a happy, and safe childhood. We strive to create a world where children who have experienced childhood adversity and trauma can thrive and belong by creating a space where they can just be kids.  

We provide a variety of group-based, recreational activities, including week-long and weekend camps and follow up day programs for participants who otherwise could not afford or access opportunities like this.

 

It is our priority to encourage sustainable change and development within communities, by promoting resilience, a sense of purpose, and aspirations for the future in every child, adolescent, and adult that attends our programs. We are also committed to the personal growth and development of all young adult volunteers, who serve as friends and mentors to those in our care.

Our Values

As Eddie Ricers, we create authentic relationships in an environment of safety and fun that facilitates growth.

  • Authenticity

    We believe in being authentic, open, and honest in all that we do.

  • Relationships

    We are a community of positive and respectful relationships where people feel like they can belong.

  • Safety

    We are committed to best practice standards in the care, safety, and wellbeing of all.

  • Fun

    We believe in the transformative power

    of joy, laughter, and happiness.

  • Growth

    We actively create spaces and opportunities for young people to develop and thrive.

Edmund Rice Camps take their name from Edmund Rice, a wealthy Irish businessman, philanthropist, and educationalist. Edmund lived an extraordinary life, filled with personal tragedy, that led him to a life dedicated to working, living with, and providing opportunities for the disadvantaged children of Ireland.

Edmund Rice Camps originated at a Christian Brothers School in Melbourne in 1979 to assist the development of community between new students arriving from Vietnam and existing students at the college. The concept and program were so successful that they began running camps for children from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds soon after. Edmund Rice Camps were born and began to spread over Australia and the world in the following years. The very first South Australian Edmund Rice Camp was held in 1990 and in 2020 Edmund Rice Camps South Australia celebrated 30 years of service.

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ercsa@edmundrice.org
​(08) 8364 8227
67-91 Glen Stuart Road
Kaurna Country
Woodforde SA 5072

ERCSA Acknowledges that the land we meet and work on is the land of the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.