Spring has finally sprung in Victoria, so the countdown is on to our favourite time of the year – summer camp season!
However, a lot of people don’t really understand how summer camp works in Australia, us most of us are only exposed to the one to three month summer camp programs from over in America that dominate Hollywood films and TV shows. So, what is summer camp in Australia and what sort of activities can parents expect their kids to undertake?
Here, we explore 5 things about Australian summer camps that make them so enjoyable for kids from across Victoria – and the country!
Summer Camp Runs for Four Nights / Five Days
Unlike the camps you see in famous children’s movies like ‘The Parent Trap’, our Australian summer camp isn’t quite as long, as rather than months, it only runs for one week from Monday and Friday each January.
However, what we lack in time, we make up for in fun! One week is more than enough time for kids to make new friends, learn some new skills and spend some quality time in the great outdoors!
Australian Summer Camp Encourages Children to Switch-Off From Technology
Like all great summer camps, our summer camp programs are designed to be a social and active time for children aged between eight and 14. As such, we recommend leaving any mobile phones, portable gaming devices and the likes at home.
While the kids might be unhappy about this at first, once they arrive at our beautiful camp nestled in Victoria’s picture-perfect countryside and they start making some new friends, their phones and video games will quickly be forgotten about.
Our Camp Programs Cater for All Sorts of Interests With a Wide Variety of Activities
Much like our American counterparts, Australian summer camp also includes a wide variety of fun, team building activities. All of the activities we host are revolved around the outdoors and are done in groups.
We run a combination of water and land-based activities that include bush walking, canoeing and raft games.
Camp is an Affordable Alternative to Big Family Holidays
Not everyone has the money and the time to take the whole family on a big holiday each year over the summer holidays.
After the Christmas break is over, a lot of parents have to get back to work or have things they need to get done before they got back to work. Sometimes, parents just want a bit of downtime or would like to take a romantic getaway without the kids. Rather than carting the kids off to the grandparents, summer camp is a great way to keep them occupied, looked after and happy while you do what you need to do – even if you just want to sleep in and lounge on the couch for a few days!
All Camp Leaders are Fully-Trained and Accredited Professionals
If you’ve seen a lot of Hollywood’s depictions of school camp, you might be led to think that summer camps are just hosted by any old teenagers, but this isn’t the case at Cave Hill Creek.
All of our staff have current working with children checks and are fully trained in running fun and safe camps for children. We’re also ATAP accredited and have over 28 years of experience running fun and safe camps where children are fully supported and cared for whilst under our supervision.
A Few Important Details
If you’re ready to cart the kids off for a week of fun at our regional camp that’s just two hours from Melbourne’s CBD, these are the specifics you need to know:
Dates: Monday January 8 to Friday January 12, 2018
Location: Cave Hill Creek, 110 The Glut Road, Raglan, Victoria 3373
Inclusions: Activities, fully catered meals with healthy, local ingredients
Getting there: Driving directions can be found here; alternatively return supervised transport is available from Southern Cross Station in the CBD at an additional cost
2018 pricing: $595 per person, including a camp t-shirt and a souvenir camp booklet. If booking for more than one person, a discount will apply bringing the price down to $545 per person. Early bird discounts will also apply for any bookings made before October 31, 2017. If you would like to take advantage of our accompanied travel from Southern Cross Station, it will be an extra $50 per person.