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How long is camp?

Summer Camps are for one week. Winter Camps are for a weekend.

Who goes?

Camp Quality Campers are children and young people, 5 to 16 (some regional variations), who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Companions

Every Camper gets matched with a Companion who will be their very own buddy at camp.

What’s it all about?

Our programmes provide a stress-free and caring environment for the children.

Safety and care

Our staff, Companions, medical care and safety procedures are all in place to provide a safe and supportive environment.

What happens at Camp?

Our fun and activity-based take into account the age and ability of all campers.

Find out more

Applying for camp

Camps are run by our regional volunteers who also manage the application process for local children and young people. Find your region and check out the regional page. There you'll find the location and date of upcoming camps and activities and the registration dates for children and young people (Campers). 

The general age range for our programmes is 5-16 years, but this does vary in some regions due to camp number restrictions. Please contact us for more information 

We are not able to take children and young people on active treatment but those on maintenance treatment may be able to attend camp. All applications to attend camp have to be signed-off by the family's Paediatric Oncologist before we're able to accept them on camp.

We're always happy to discuss your child or young person's specific needs.

Click on the Apply for Camp button to start your application process. Alternatively, if you'd like to discuss your child attending camp or have any queries about what's involved, just Talk to Us.

Companions

Companions are our incredible volunteers who donate their time and energy to provide a child or young person living with cancer with their very own 'Camp Buddy'.

  • Are you 18 or over? (note that this age requirement may vary across regions) 
  • Do you enjoy working with children?
  • Are you caring, positive and empathetic?
  • Can you function on limited sleep?
  • Do you enjoy fun and adventure?

If you answered yes to these questions and are willing to invest your time and energy supporting a Camper then we would love to hear from you. We need a broad cross-section of people to match up with Campers from diverse backgrounds. All Companions receive comprehensive training and support. There is no cost to attend training or for attending camp.

Life at camp

We run five week-long Summer Camps across Aotearoa New Zealand every year and also three weekend Winter Camps across the North Island. We also run other events throughout the year. 

All children who attend Camp Quality camps are matched one-on-one with an adult Companion. This person will be your child’s buddy the whole time they are at camp. Care is taken in matching appropriate companions to each child. And this matching process takes place well before camp to allow time for you and your child to get to know their companion prior to camp.

Camp medical needs are managed by the camp nursing team. Your child’s Oncologist or the local Paediatrician will be consulted should the Nurses have any concerns. 

Parents are not able to volunteer at, or visit their child at camp. One of the benefits of Camp Quality is that it allows parents to have a well-deserved break and spend time with other family and friends. Short visits to camp are discouraged, as they may trigger homesickness in the campers. We are happy for parents to assist us by volunteering in other ways during the year. 

If you would like to talk to someone about your child attending camp, the Camper Registrar for your region will be happy to talk through the specific details of the appropriate camp for your child, and what the next steps for registration are. 

Camp is a time to connect with peers in a setting where you are not the odd one out and to make new friends and social connections. Activities focus on using diversion therapy approaches to help the children and young people recognize their own strengths and abilities, to develop new coping skills and resilience tools, develop self-esteem, self-efficacy, and social well-being. Above all camp is about fun, adventure and friendships. Young people coming together to create bonds that will last a lifetime. 

Each region develops a camp programme with a theme and a range of fun adventures for the Campers to take part in. These may be on site or at an external venue. 

Each year the camp programme is different. Your Registrar will be able to talk to you about what to expect on your camp. However the details of camp are 'secret' so its a surprise for the Camper.

Typically, our camps include: 

  • Physical challenges e.g. rock climbing, rafting, and initiatives course.
  • Creative pursuits e.g. arts and crafts, chocolate making and wearable art show.
  • Cooperative games e.g. top team, treasure hunts, tabloid sports. 
  • Swimming
  • Off-site activities e.g. jet boating, zoo visits, ice skating, beach days, four-wheel driving
  • Entertainment e.g. camp concert, movies, dancing, quiz night. 
  • Free time to explore the camp site e.g. mini-golf. 

Camp Quality is committed to providing fun for children and young people in an environment that is safe and free from undue risk.

Camp Quality strives to prevent accidental harm through clear policies, ongoing consultation and a desire for continuous improvement. 

Health, Safety & Wellbeing is an integral part of planning for and participating in every activity. 

Camp Quality encourages a responsible Health, Safety & Wellbeing culture within all its activities and expects all personnel, children and others to adhere to its policies.

As a minimum Camp Quality expects compliance with all statutory provisions and regulations appropriate to any activity being undertaken. 

Camp Quality has a dedicated Health, Safety & Wellbeing Officer in each Region overseen by a National Health, Safety & Wellbeing Lead who review and update our policies as needed. 

Our Health, Safety & Wellbeing information and documentation is available on request. Any questions, comments or concerns may be discussed with us at any time. 

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