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Overview of Southern Cross Kids' Camps in action

Southern Cross Kids' Camps offer specialised programs for child victims of abuse. Children are in a 1:1 ratio of children to adults. The adults are called “buddies” and are responsible for the care and safety of the children throughout camp. The buddies also provide positive adult role models. We have strict policies which include that no buddy is to be alone with their child when out of sight of a group.

Many children attending Southern Cross Kids' Camps live in foster care and often move from home to home. Growing up in a stable, home environment is not always an option for them. A significant number have encountered horrendous experiences and struggle with multiple issues. Almost all have counselors or social workers. During the course of their short lives, these children often lose the opportunity to just be children, to have fun and to laugh.

Inviting children to return to a Southern Cross Kids' Camp every year, enables us to build on the foundation of the previous years, as well as continuing to develop their confidence, self esteem and trust. We provide the children with a positive event to look forward to during the year with many counting down the months until camp.

Other important roles for volunteers include the camp directors who oversee and manage the camps, support personnel to assist the buddies, a registered nurse, a child social worker, activity coordinators, errand and laundry person, photographer, games/sports coach, music coordinator and special guest presenters.

It is policy that all volunteers attending camps are selected through a strict screening process which includes interviews, checking references, police checks and the new Victorian Working With Children Check and training sessions.

All participants (children and volunteers) attend camp without charge. Southern Cross Kids' Camps receives no government funding. All finances are raised by volunteers through appropriate fundraising activities, grants, financial or in-kind donations and child sponsorship.

You can nominate Southern Cross Kids' Camps to receive a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is 92529.

CB VIC: 
92529