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Parent information: School camps

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    New friends, new skills and new experiences – it all happens at school camp.

    To make it a stress-free and enjoyable time for you and your child, we’ve put together this information to help you prepare.

    Health and safety

    Medical and Consent form

    Six weeks prior to camp your child’s school will provide you with details enabling you to complete our online Medical and Consent form on behalf of your child. You must complete and submit this form online at least three weeks prior to camp.

    The information you provide on the Medical and Consent form will help us look after your child’s health needs at camp. If your child has an injury or pre-existing condition, allergy, special dietary needs or is on prescription medicines, please provide full details on this form.

    Sport and Recreation will share the information you provide with your child's school.

    Medication at camp

    Your child should bring enough medication for the duration of their stay. All medication should be in its original packaging and clearly labelled with your child’s name, the dosage and frequency.

    You should discuss this with your child’s teacher as they will be responsible for making sure your child takes their medication.

    Asthma and anaphylaxis

    If your child suffers from asthma or anaphylaxis, they should have an asthma management plan or anaphylaxis action plan which has been prepared by their doctor. Download sample plan templates from Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website. If your child has a plan, please provide it to the Centre at least three weeks prior to attending camp. 

    Children with asthma need to bring their own peak flow meters to camp and carry their inhaler with them at all times. Children at risk of anaphylaxis need to bring at least one adrenaline auto injector. On catered programs, children with food allergies are required to wear an identifying red wristband. This is an added precaution to assist staff when managing situations where food allergens may be present. Find out more about processes and procedures in place to manage allergies and anaphylaxis

    Bed wetting

    If your child is prone to bed wetting, please advise the school or Centre staff in advance so staff can deal with the situation in a discreet and caring manner.

    If required, please provide a waterproof mattress protector.

    Camp life

    Accommodation

    Students stay in comfortable rooms or lodges with male and female students accommodated separately. At least one visiting teacher will stay in a room nearby and will be responsible for student safety and behaviour.

    Meals

    Our qualified catering team prepare nutritious and delicious meals so your child will never go hungry at camp. If your child has any special dietary requirements or food allergies, it’s crucial that these are listed on the Medical and Consent form. It’s also a good idea to mention it to your child’s teacher before camp. Special diets are provided for medical conditions, religious beliefs and lifestyle choices such as vegetarians or vegans.

    Behaviour

    So that camp is a fun and safe experience for everybody, we have rules in place for students to follow. These will be explained to your child on arrival at camp. If your child misbehaves, we will discuss with your child's teacher the best course of action. Sport and Recreation has a zero tolerance stance on bullying.

    Outdoor safety

    Every effort is made to ensure your child’s safety and comfort while at camp. Our SunSmart policy promotes wearing broad-brimmed hats and sunscreen and we minimise sun exposure during the hottest part of the day. Personal flotation devices (life jackets) are supplied by the Centre. Covered shoes must be worn when participating in all boating activities.

    Money and valuables

    Your school may ask students to buy meals going to and from camp. We also sell souvenirs at camp. If your child needs spending money, we suggest this is limited to $20 or $30. Please put money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name clearly marked on it.

    Note: Sport and Recreation takes no responsibility for the loss or damage to a client’s personal property, including money or other valuable items.

    Accidents or emergencies

    Centre staff hold senior first aid accreditations and can administer first aid, if required. If your child requires medical assistance, they will be taken to the nearest medical centre or hospital and we will notify you. In case of emergencies, parents can contact the Centre between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday. View contact details for each Centre.

    What to pack

    Luggage

    One piece of luggage, a sleeping bag and a small day backpack is recommended per child. These should be clearly marked with your child’s name, address and phone number.

    Remember, your child will have to carry their luggage so it’s good to make sure it’s not too big or too heavy. Items needed on the trip should be packed in the backpack.

    Checklist

    Please label all clothing, towels and sleeping bag with your child’s name.

    • Shorts and t-shirts (no singlets, sleeveless or midriff tops)
    • Jeans
    • Jumpers and tracksuit pants
    • Socks and underwear
    • Raincoat
    • Warm jacket (winter only)
    • Three layers of warm clothing (winter only, or all-year round at Jindabyne, Borambola, Lake Burrendong and Lake Keepit)
    • Pyjamas
    • Swimming costume and rashie shirt
    • Sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses
    • Two pairs of running shoes (one old pair to wear in the water)
    • Toiletries, soap, lip balm and insect repellent (no aerosols)
    • Two towels
    • Pillow, sleeping bag or doona and two single flat sheets (Sydney Academy provide pillows) 
    • Day backpack
    • Paper, pens or pencils
    • Plastic bags for dirty or wet clothes
    • Medication (if required)
    • Handkerchief or tissues
    • Water bottle

    Optional

    • Camera
    • Up to $30 for souvenirs

    Snow camps

    If your child is 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 ski hire outlet.

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

     If visiting teachers and supervising adults use their own ski equipment it is accepted, as per the terms and conditions, that Sport and Recreation is not liable for any injuries or loss suffered due to the use of equipment that has not been supplied by Sport and Recreation.

    What not to bring

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

    Prohibited

    Drugs, cigarettes and alcohol are not allowed at camp and any student found using or in possession of these items may be removed from the Centre. Students found in possession of illegal drugs will be reported to the police immediately.

    Staying in touch during camp

    While at camp, you can send your child a message by fax or by using the contact form on this website. Clearly mark your child’s name and school on all correspondence.

    We do not encourage children to phone home as this can contribute to homesickness.

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