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Information for community groups

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With state-of-the-art facilities, a host of supervised activities, and exceptional staff and service at 11 Sport and Recreational Centres throughout NSW, you can be sure of a successful community group event.

From sporting and music groups to sailing regattas, charity days, family reunions and weddings, our Sport and Recreation Centres can deliver an unforgettable time away.

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Health and safety

Activities

Safety is our top priority that’s why all instructors are qualified in first aid, resuscitation and child protection.

Safety equipment is compulsory for all guests. Personal flotation devices (life jackets) and covered shoes must be worn for all water sports except swimming and shirts with sleeves are required for all outdoor activities.

The maximum group size for activities is 32 participants for each instructor.

Sun protection

Our Sun Protection Policy encourages the use of hats, t-shirts and sunscreen and programs are scheduled outside of the hottest part of the day to minimise exposure.

Pool safety

Parents/carers are asked to be aware of their children at all times and to ensure they are supervised by a responsible adult when using the pool.

All Centres (except Jindabyne) have pools. 

First aid

Centre staff hold senior first aid accreditation and can administer first aid for minor injuries or illness. In more serious cases, staff can direct you to the nearest medical centre or hospital.

Medical conditions

If you or a family member have a pre-existing condition, allergy, special dietary needs or is taking prescription medicine, please ensure you have provided full details on our medical and consent form for the best possible care.

Medical and Consent form

Medication at camp

If you or a family member are taking medication, please bring enough for the duration of the stay.

Asthma and anaphylaxis

If you or a family member suffers from asthma or anaphylaxis, you/they should have an asthma management plan or anaphylaxis action plan which has been prepared by your/their doctor. Download sample plan templates from Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website. Please provide the Centre with the plan at least 3 weeks prior to attending camp. Please also bring medication (ie at least one adrenaline auto injector and/or asthma inhaler) with you to camp. 

All children under 18 years of age at risk of food-related anaphylaxis can wear a red wristband while at camp as an added precaution to assist staff in managing situations where food allergens may be present.

Find out more about processes and procedures in place to manage allergies and anaphylaxis

Camp life

Accommodation

From dormitory-style lodges to cabins, cottages, units and houses, our Sport and Recreation Centres have a range of comfortable accommodation options.  

Please consider other guests and keep noise to a minimum between the hours of 10pm and 7am.

Meals

You can expect healthy and nutritious food and lots of it at camp. We also cater for special diets and allergies. Please ensure you have completed the allergies and special diets section on the medical and consent form.

Many of our program participants suffer from food related allergies that very from person to person and can be as sensitive as making contact with certain foods that will cause a serious allergic reaction. 

The catering areas that you are using during your stay are also ones that people with food related allergies utilise throughout the year, so we seek your assistance and support in managing these risks. 

We ask that you consider the following:

  • Do no bring nuts and products containing nuts on-site
  • Please ensure careful cleaning of pots//pans/crockery/utensils etc 
  • Please ensure careful cleaning of surface and food preparation areas 
  • Do not leave food unattended or in a place where it may be accessed by clients for example; in a fridge, out on the work site or in a common area
  • Do not leave any food behind after your stay
  • Ensure all rubbish is placed in designated bins 
  • Do not provide any food to clients 

Our Allergen Free Meals Policy requires anyone with an intolerance, allergy or anaphylaxis reaction to a food to wear a red wrist band for easy identification. Their meals are plated separately by our Catering Staff and collected from a designated spot to ensure Policy compliance and to manage any risks.  

 

Alcohol and smoking

Smoking and the moderate consumption of alcohol is permitted in designated areas. Centre Management reserves the right to ban alcohol or evict guests who are intoxicated or disturbing other guests.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs are available. Just ask a member of staff for more information.

What to pack

Checklist

Use this handy checklist to help you pack for camp:

  • Toiletries including soap
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Small backpack
  • Swimming costume and rash shirt
  • Raincoat
  • Two towels (pool/beach and bath)
  • Two pairs of running shoes (one old pair for water activities)
  • Enough clothing for your stay, including 3 layers of warm clothing (winter only OR all-year round at Jindabyne, Borambola, Lake Burrendong and Lake Keepit)
  • Pillow, sleeping bag or doona and two single flat sheets

Snow camps

If you are attending a snow camp at Jindabyne* or Borambola, please pack:

  • Waterproof pants and jacket
  • Goggles
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Beanie and scarf
  • Long, thin woollen or ski socks
  • At least 3 layers of warm clothing

* Ski clothing can also be hired for an additional cost at our Jindabyne ski hire outlet. 

Please note, we do not allow children to bring or use their own snow sports equipment, such as skis or snow boards.

Adults are welcome to use their own ski equipment. As per the terms and conditions, the Office of Sport is not liable for any injuries or loss suffered due to the use of equipment that has not been supplied by the Office of Sport.

Highchairs and cots

Please bring your own highchair and cot if your child requires these.

Sports equipment

Centre sports equipment is available for use during activity time. You can also bring your own equipment, such as bikes, rollerblades, helmets, tennis and fishing gear.

Laundry

Washing machines are available for use free of charge in all Centres except Jindabyne and Point Wolstoncroft where there are coin-operated machines. Some Centres also have clothes dryers. Please bring your own laundry powder and clothes pegs.

What not to bring

  • Aerosol cans (i.e. spray-on deodorant or insect repellent)
  • Lollies or chewing gum
  • Jewellery
  • Anything valuable (the Office of Sport takes no responsibility for the loss or damage to a client's personal property, including money or other valuable items)