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.
Registrations for Camp Footloose 2019 are now OPEN!
> Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October 2019 (first week of NSW school holidays)
Early Bird Rates – save $45! – closed 15 July 2019
> ANSW Members $298
> Non-Members: $320
Standard Rates – applicable from 16 July and closes 15 August 2019
> AONSW Members $343
> Non-Members: $366
Click here to download the 2019 Camp Footloose Application Form
> Education sessions will be facilitated by fully qualified health professionals
> 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 abseiling, flying fox, rock climbing, challenge ropes course and archery.
If you have any questions about attending Camp Footloose, please contact our Camps Coordinator 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 Business Development Manager on 02 9857 3300.
Can you help support next year’s Camp Footloose?
Juvenile arthritis now affects one in every 1,000 Australian children but only 30 young people were able to attend this year’s Camp Footloose. We would love to accommodate more campers each year, as well as offer camps in rural areas. Funding is the highest barrier, but you can help by supporting our Kids Get Arthritis Too Appeal today.
Testimonials from Camp Footloose
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.”
Photos from Camp Footloose 2018
Below is a selection of photos from the 2018 camp.