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.
We are excited to announce the return of Camp Footloose to its weeklong format in 2021. And we can’t wait to see you all again! To ensure that your application can be accepted, please read the below information carefully.
Camp Footloose Application Form 2021
Cost: $511 (inc. 4 nights’ accommodation, all meals, and activities)
Venue: Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Wakehurst Pkwy, North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Arrival: Drop off at 9.30am Monday, 20th September 2021 | Sydney Academy of Sport
Departure: Pick up at 10am Friday, 24th September 2021 | Sydney Academy of Sport
Scholarship: Arthritis NSW wishes to ensure that all children with JIA in NSW have an equal opportunity to participate in our camps. So, if the cost of camp is a current barrier to your child’s participation, please select ‘Scholarship’ as the payment type and we will contact you to discuss the possibility of a supported scholarship.
- If you child requires medication to be administered during camp, Medication charts need to be downloaded, printed and filled out by a GP then scanned and attached as part of the application
- Unfortunately, ANSW was not able to set the online application up to SAVE your progress – so its best to get what you need together prior (e.g. Medication chart, photo of your child) and start and complete the application in one sitting (incomplete forms cannot be submitted)
- Upload current passport quality photos of your child
- All medications (including as needed medications) are to be brought in a Webster Pack to camp.
Medication not packed will not be accepted (excluding liquid)
*No injectables will be administered on camp – if your child requires an injection, they should be scheduled prior to or after the dates of camp.
Due Date: All registrations and payment must be finalised by 20 August 2021.
(Please contact the organisation ASAP if you are unsure on how to complete any required segments or to discuss scholarship arrangements)
Covid19 Considerations and General Health:
Please note that ANSW will be working closely with and under the guidance of NSW Sport and Recreation staff (who are given directives and health and safety guidance via NSW Health directly) regarding Covid19- Safe practices and protocols. As always, as children with JIA are often using immunosuppressant medications, please be mindful not to attend camp if you believe your child is unwell and could potentially pass this illness on to others.
> 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 Camp Winter Appeal.
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 & 2019
For a video of our 2016 Camp, click below.