The family unit is the cornerstone of our community. One that cultivates the strengths of families with time, effort and imagination will be rewarded with a community that flourishes and grows. A strong family shapes the attitudes, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of children. We believe strong families are not accidents but rather the result of intention, attention, and support. To us this means providing services to help and support families to become stronger and better able to nurture and support their children.
Edmund Rice Camps SA is committed to positive child development, which includes the family home environment. The best way for our organisation to contribute positively to this environment has been to engage whole families in their camp experience.
Our Family Camps focus on not simply providing an escape from the difficulties of home, but also building a sense of familial unity, bonding, resilience and strength. Social isolation is addressed as many families establish relationships with each other and a sense of community. The program is usually held over a weekend and invites parents/carers/guardians to bring their children along to enjoy the experience.
The daily program includes activities for guardians separately and alongside their children. These include the typical Edmund Rice Camp activities – roast dinner, games and quizzes, sporting activities as well as opportunities for respite for guardians. ERCSA also hosts Family events during the year, including our Christmas Party.