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.
NEW! Camp Footloose – Rural
- 20th – 22 April 2020 – cancelled – due to the current COVID-19 circumstances this camp will not be proceeding. We hope to be able to deliver Camp Footloose Metro and will welcome participants from rural areas at this time. Please register your interest for this Camp on the form below.
Camp Footloose – Metro
- 28 September – 2 October 2020 – Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen – cancelled – due to the venue not being open, and without a date of when it will open, this camp will not be proceeding. We hope to be able to re-schedule soon. Please register your interest for this Camp on the form below and we will contact you once we have a new date confirmed.
If you are interested in expressing your interest for Camp Footloose, please complete the expression of interest form below or call us on 02 9857 3300.
> 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.