Camp Twinkletoes

About Camp Twinkletoes

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.

Who is Camp Twinkletoes for?

> Children with juvenile arthritis under 9 years old, accompanied by a parent or carer.
> Family members, siblings, extended family and close friends are also welcome.

Beth & Carter’s experience with Camp Twinkletoes

Carter was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when he was just four years old. Beth, his mum, tells us about her experience and how Camp Twinkletoes has helped her and Carter. Click on the image below to hear their story.

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Key Details:
> Arrival: From 6:00pm Friday, 13 April 2018
> Departure: By 10:00am Sunday 15 April 2018
> Venue: Drummond House Accommodation, Royal Far West (RFW)
> Address: 19/21 South Steyne, Manly NSW

Program Overview:
>The theme for Camp Twinkletoes 2018 is “Resilience and Wellbeing.”
> Speakers will include Anne Senner RN MS – Paediatric Rheumatology CNC; Occupational Therapist, Mandy Hanna; and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Goodison-Farnsworth.
> Indicative topics include: “Orientation to juvenile arthritis – its forms, affects and treatment”; “Preparing children for medical procedures”; “Recognising the signs of  – and managing – stress associated with persistent pain in young children”; “Practical solutions for children at preschool / school – plus navigating the school system”
> Activities for the children will include a musical workshop, relaxation exercises, and free play involving supervised craft.
> The program will open on the Friday evening with an informal discussion lead by our Health Services team. The education sessions for parents / carers will be held throughout the day on Saturday, while the children are supervised in their activities.

Pricing Details:
Camp Fees contribute towards outgoing costs such as facilities hire, accommodation, meals (breakfasts and lunches), education sessions, children’s activities and camp administration. We continue to seek funding to keep the costs to families to a minimum.

> Child under 3 years of age: FREE
> Child 3+ years of age to school year 6: $85 (non-member)
> Child 3+ years of age to school year 6: $75 (members)
> Adults (School Year 7 child and over): $120 (non-member)
> Adults (School Year 7 child and over): $100 (members)
> Discounted Parking: $20

For more information about attending Camp Twinkletoes 2018, please contact Julie Wakeman on 02 9857 3300.

To register your interest in attending Camp Twinkletoes 2018, please complete the application form and return to us by post or email at

For more information about our Camps for Kids with Juvenile Arthritis, clear here


Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW has been running Camp Twinkletoes for more than a decade and, with the incidence of JIA increasing to one in 800 Australian children, we need the community’s support to continue offering this worthwhile event to as many families as possible.

If you know of an organisation that might be interested in sponsoring Camp Twinkletoes 2018, please click here for more information.

If you are able to help with any size of donation, it would be most appreciated by our Camp Twinkletoes families.

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Memories from Camp Twinkletoes 2017

READ OUR BLOG for more about Camp Twinkletoes 2017 and share your appreciation for our supporters who generously donated gift vouchers and products for the parents, carers and children attending Camp.

Photos from camp

Below is a selection of photos from the 2017 camp. These and more are available for purchase from the Stonemeadow Photography website.


If you have any questions about attending Camp Twinkletoes, please contact Julie Wakeman on 02 9857 3300.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at Camp Twinkletoes, 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.

Volunteer at camp

Help us make a difference to the lives of families affected by juvenile arthritis by volunteering for our future Camps. As a volunteer, you will assist and/or lead craft and games activities.

Volunteering for Camp Twinkletoes requires a commitment of 2 days.

Read more about the role by downloading a copy of the Volunteer Leader Position Description and email to express interest in volunteering.