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. To download a printable PDF about our camps for kids – and Camp Footloose 2018, click here.
Registrations for Camp Footloose 2018 are now open!
> Monday 8th to Friday 12th October 2018 (second week of NSW school holidays)
> Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen (Sydney)
Early Bird Rates – until 31 July 2018 – save $50!
> AONSW Members $150
> Non-Members: $180
Standard Rates – applicable from 1 August, closing 24 August 2018
> AONSW Members $200
> Non-Members: $230
> The theme for our 2018 Camp is RESILIANCE
> Education sessions will be facilitated by fully qualified health professionals, including a nutritionist, psychologist, and life coach.
> Topics will be age-specific covering meeting nutritional needs, managing and coping with a chronic condition, goal setting and transitioning skills
> Nursing staff will be available 24/7 to assist with medications and other medical matters that may arise.
> The camp is all about fun, with a broad range of activities on offer such as archery, rock climbing, canoeing and paddle boarding. The venue offers fantastic facilities, including a heated indoor pool and vast sports fields.
If you have any questions about attending Camp Footloose, please contact Julie Wakeman on 02 9857 3300. If you are interested in volunteering at camp, please contact our Volunteers Coordinator on 02 9857 3300. To discuss opportunities to sponsor our camps for children, please contact our Major Giving Coordinator Jo Boik 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.