Camp Footloose


Camp Footloose provides a valuable opportunity for children and young people with arthritis (aged 9 to 18 years) to have fun, meet others like them and share experiences in a supportive environment. It also helps them gain a sense of control over arthritis and their lives.

Dedicated team leaders and staff, including health professionals, attend camp and guide participants through a range of exciting activities and fun education.

Camp Footloose 2017


Berry Sport & Recreation Centre
660 Coolangatta Road, Berry NSW 2535


Arrival: From 3pm Monday, 25 September 2017
Departure: By 12pm Friday, 29 September 2017


The cost of sending a child to Berry Sport & Recreation Centre for 4 nights of camp, including meals, accommodation and activities is $368 per child. (Please note, this does not include additional costs to our organisation for on-site nurses, and training of AONSW staff and volunteers).

We ask that families with children attending Camp Footloose 2017 pay a minimum contribution of $150 + GST, but if you are able to contribute more it would be greatly appreciated.

Similarly, if a contribution of $150 is not within your means, we encourage you to contact the office on 02 9857 3300 to discuss how we might be able to help.

Sponsorship update

We welcome Nuance as our Silver Sponsor for Camp Footloose 2017. Their product, Dragon, is speech recognition software that changes the way people interact with their computer by taking away the mechanical aspects of typing. Users control their computer simply by speaking – creating documents, accessing data, navigating their desktop, sending email and searching the web.


Places still available

Please download, complete and return the Camp Footloose 2017 Application Form to Jenny Lewis via email or post to: Locked Bag 2216, North Ryde NSW 1670.

Application forms are due by close of business 31 August 2017 (or until all places are filled).

Please note: Submitting an application form does not guarantee attendance at camp. As there are a limited number of places available, applications will be considered and selected based on the fit between needs of families and the program. Camp and Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW annual membership fees (if applicable) need to be paid in full before registrations will be confirmed.

Volunteer at camp

Help us make a difference to the lives of children, young people and families affected by juvenile arthritis by becoming a volunteer leader at Camp Footloose. As a volunteer leader, your role will be to oversee a small group of three campers throughout the week of camp.

Read more about the role by downloading a copy of the Volunteer Leader Position Description. To express your interest in volunteering, please email us or download and complete the 2017 Camp Footloose volunteer leader application form.

Applications for 2017 volunteers have closed, but please contact Jenny if you are interested in volunteering for camp.


If you have any questions about attending Camp Footloose, please contact Events & Volunteer Coordinator Jenny Lewis on 02 9857 3300.

To discuss opportunities to sponsor our camps for children, please contact Fundraising Coordinator Monique Pockran on 02 9857 3300.

Juvenile arthritis now affects one in every 800 Australian children but only 30 young people will be able to attend this year’s Camp Footloose.

We would love to accommodate more campers each year, and even start regional camps and weekend retreats for young adults affected by arthritis.

Funding is the highest barrier, but you can help by making a donation today.


From the parents

“Thank you for everything you and your team have done…She said it was the best week of her life and has come home with more confidence, a new-found sense of independence, and wonderful memories with her new friends.”

“I cannot thank you enough for all your support. It was also great to meet the arthritis team and other mothers with kids with similar issues. The networking opportunity was great…keep up the great work and support you all do. Thank you!”

“The leaders are so enthusiastic and kind. I feel that I am leaving my daughter in excellent hands. Very well organised. Many thanks!”

From the children

“Thank you for holding a great camp. I met heaps of great people and had an amazing time.”

“I learnt that it’s ok to tell people you’re in pain and you need assistance.”

“The leaders were all very helpful and amazing/friendly.”


Camp Footloose 2016

See Camp Footloose 2016 in the news >

Below is a selection of photos from last year’s camp. These and more are available for purchase from the Stonemeadow Photography website.