Camp Twinkletoes is an annual event designed to help families caring for young children with juvenile arthritis. The program has four essential elements:
> Education for parents
> Fun for children with juvenile arthritis
> Much-needed attention for siblings
> Experience-sharing between families.
For a family with a newly diagnosed child, the future is uncertain. Camp Twinkletoes supports families to adapt to this uncertainty and build the mental strength to care for their children in the most positive way possible.
Download our Camp Twinkletoes Flyer for families below:
About Camp Twinkletoes 2017
The program commences on Friday evening (7 April) with a welcome dinner and facilitated discussion between families, including returning families who have been invited to share their stories and experience.
After a bush walk on Saturday morning, parents and carers are invited to attend three education sessions while children enjoy activities such as kite-making. There will be breaks between the three education sessions for morning tea and lunch.
Following afternoon tea, everything will enjoy family entertainment together before dinner is served at 6pm. A family movie will be available to watch after dinner.
> Dr Jeffrey Chaitow, Paediatric Rheumatologist
> Anne Senner, Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Consultant
> Melanie Ryan, Senior Physiotherapist at Westmead Children’s Hospital
WHO IS CAMP FOR?
> Children with juvenile arthritis under 8 years of age, accompanied by a parent or carer.
> Registrations of additional family members, siblings, extended family and close friends are also welcome on the application form.
The Tops Convention Centre, 51 Bendena Garden, Stanwell Tops NSW 2508
Arrival: Friday, 7 April (from 6pm)
Depart: Sunday, 9 April (by 10am)
> Child under 3 years old: FREE
> Child 3 years old up to school Year 6: $75pp
> School Year 7+ and Adults: $100pp
To REGISTER YOUR INTEREST in attending Camp Twinkletoes, please download, complete and submit the below form by 3 February 2017:
> Download - Camp Twinkletoes Application Form
Please note: Submitting an application form does not guarantee your registration. 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 need to be paid in full before registrations will be confirmed.
If you have any questions about Camp Twinkletoes or how you can help support these camps, please contact Events Officer Jenny Lewis on 02 9857 3300.
Volunteer at camp
Help us make a difference to the lives of families affected by juvenile arthritis by volunteering at Camp Twinkletoes. As a volunteer, you will assist and/or lead craft and games activities during camp.
Volunteering for camp requires a commitment of 2 days:
> Attend the training day at our North Ryde office on Saturday, 11 March 2017
> Attend Camp Twinkletoes on Saturday, 8 April 2017
Read more about the role by downloading a copy of the Volunteer Leader Position Description.
Volunteer by returning a completed Camp Twinkletoes Volunteer Application Form by Wednesday, 1 March 2017.