"I'm not sure how they do it but he has come away with such a boost in his self-esteem and confidence. He struggles in those areas and it was lovely to see him smiling from ear to ear."
This information is intended for Welfare Agencies and Schools that wish to make referrals of clients or students to Edmund Rice Camps SA programs. All children and families must be referred by an agency.
Places on our programs are open to children aged 8-15 years old and families who are experiencing some form of significant and complex disadvantage, marginalisation, and social isolation in the community, including:
Social or economic disadvantage
Financial or emotional hardship
Social or geographical isolation
Young people who would not otherwise be able to access and enjoy such an experience
We work best with children who face complex levels of adversity but do not have significant disability or extreme behaviours.
Through our supervision ratio of 1:1 volunteer leader to child, we aim to meet the varied needs of the young people in our care. We aim for the children on camp to leave with increased feelings of self-worth, resilience, and confidence. Activities on camp are designed to maximise this, as well as allow children new and varied experiences, opportunities for peer support, and lasting positive memories.
For information on our program calendar, contact our Executive Officer, Jessica Alikaris, on 0407 602 723 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. In general, our programs occur during the January and July school holidays.
How to Refer to ERCSA
Places on camp will be allocated and prioritised on a needs basis, and we will consider each referral equally based on the number of places we have available. We often receive more referrals than places available on camp. It is therefore very important that referral forms contain an appropriate level of information to demonstrate the reasons for referral to a program.
Successful applicants will receive an invoice with their letter of acceptance. In most cases, agencies will cover the cost of the camp fee, and will be issued an invoice after the child's place on camp has been confirmed. Please Contact Us to discuss this further.
The participant fee will go towards covering activity costs, accommodation, travel expenses, and catering for the participant(s) over the course of the camp program.
Current fees are as follows:
$100 for a Weekend Camp (per participant per camp)
$150 for a Week Long Camp (per participant per camp)
$200 for a Family Camp (per family per weekend family camp)
Activity Days - NO COST
Please note, should a participant cancel their place on camp with less than 4 business days’ notice, they will be charged 50% of the camp fee, to cover our administrative costs.
The referral agency needs to be prepared to ensure fees can be paid.