Camp Footloose is an annual event which 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.
Dates and venue for Camp Footloose 2018 are to be confirmed.
About this year’s Camp Footloose 25 to 29 September 2017
This year’s camp was held at the Berry Sport & Recreation Centre, in Berry NSW. The program kicked off at 3pm on Monday 25 September and ran through to midday on Friday 29 September. The children who attended this year – representing a mix of returning campers from previous years as well as first-time campers – enjoyed a program which included:
- An education session delivered by Anne Senner, Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Consultant
- An educational workshop lead by Occupational Therapist, Mandy Hanna
- Volunteer-lead activities, a favourite being the Trivia Night
- A wide range of Sport and Rec activities including:
> Cable Glide / Flying Fox
> Low Ropes
> Raft building
> Vertical challenges
> Giant Swing
> Kayaking and canoeing
The 2017 camp was supported by Nuance | Dragon as Silver Sponsors, whose generous contribution covered the cost of us having nursing staff at camp 24/7 to assist as needed.
If you have any questions about attending Camp Footloose, or volunteering at camp, 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 20 young people were 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.”
Other Resources for Juvenile Arthritis
- Juvenile arthritis information sheet
- Juvenile arthritis: A Teacher’s Guide
- Visit our juvenile arthritis page
Photos from Camp Footloose 2017
Below is a selection of photos from the 2017 camp. These and more are available for purchase from the Stonemeadow Photography website.