FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can come on Uni Camp For Kids and what is the eligibility criteria?
Uni Camp for Kids’ kids are eligible for our services on the basis of demonstrated financial, social, emotional or parental hardship. As we cannot judge this need ourselves, UCFK seeks the recommendations of social workers, who nominate children who might benefit from a day or a week away. Your child must be referred to our organisation by a case worker from the Department of Child Protection, a qualified counsellor or by your child’s school Principal.

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How old must my child be to attend Uni Camp For Kids?
To attend picnics children must be between 5 and 12 years old. To attend camps children must be between 6 and 12 years old.

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Can Uni Camp For Kids take children with disabilities?
We endeavour to accept as broad a range of children as possible, but due to the physical nature of many of our activities and the voluntary, untrained nature of our staff, UCFK does not provide services for children with inhibiting physical disabilities. Kids with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders are very welcome at UCFK. We can also provide special supervision for children who can not swim or take part in other specific activities, as long as we are advised in advance of their special needs.

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My child went on picnic/camp last year. Will they be automatically selected this year?
If your child attended picnics last year their name will still be on our database and will continue to receive invitations to picnics until they turn 13 years old. If you move house or change your contact details, please remember to inform Uni Camp For Kids so your child doesn’t miss out.

If your child attended camp last year, they will receive invitations to our picnics. However, your social worker MUST renominate your child for camp this year. The overwhelming demand for our services means that we cannot guarantee your child a place on camps every year. Each child is reassessed depending on their present circumstance and demonstrated need. Therefore, your child must be renominated to be eligible for reselection.

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Why was my child not selected to go on picnic/camp?
Camps and picnics are in very high demand and unfortunately we can not take everyone who applies. Our funding is limited to how much money we can raise and this dictates how many children we can take away each year. If your child was not selected, please first check that they were nominated by your social worker. As mentioned above, your case worker must re-nominate your child every year for camps. If your child was nominated but not selected, please do ask for them to be nominated again. Uni Camp For Kids tries to include new faces each year and past attendance is never a criteria for re-selection.

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What level of supervision exists on picnic/camp?
Uni Camp for Kids consists of student volunteers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) who run the picnics/camps. All our volunteers on camps have current Working With Children Checks and have been approved to work with children.

Picnics: On picnics/camps Uni Camp For Kids uses a traditional family structure. A ‘family’ consists of a male and female ‘leader’ and two or three kids either from the same family or who live nearby. This structure ensures all children under our care are properly supervised, and that all children have leaders of each sex that they can talk to and seek help from.

Camps: On our week-long camps Uni Camp For Kids has 14 ‘families’, each consisting of a male and female ‘leader’ and 6 kids of different ages who are non-related. Camps also have many ‘freelancers’ and committee members who do miscellaneous jobs and are available for children with special needs, or who need one-on-one time. The family structure works well because leaders are directly accountable for their family group, are able to monitor each childs’ progress (and whereabouts) and seek help from committee members and freelancers when required. UCFK also has a medical officer trained in first aid at each picnic and camp. It is also UCFK policy that children are never left in the care of just one leader unless in a public space, and that children be able to seek support and attention from whomever they feel most comfortable with. On camps multiple leaders sleep in dorms that are adjoining the kids’, ensuring there is always someone to scare away bad dreams and deal with issues like bed wetting in a discrete and appropriate way. We are also vigilant about sun and pool safety, as well as seatbelts and other general safety concerns.

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What will my child do on picnic/camp?
Activities on picnics and camps vary every year. Typically on picnic your child will be picked up from your house by their leaders to join all the other children and leaders at a park or venue for games, activities and heaps of fun! Their leaders will drop your child home in the afternoon once the day is done. Your child should not bring any money or valuables (everything is provided). Favourite picnic venues include Kings Park, South Perth Foreshore and Adventure World

On camps we have many activities to keep all our little bodies and minds occupied for 7 full days. These include water-sliding, movies, bouncy castles, fun-fairs, art and craft, The Fun Station, going to the beach, aquatic playgrounds, Perth Zoo, Bounce and sometimes even our leaders’ houses. UCFK tries to provide every child with the best week of their lives by making sure there is something for everyone.

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Who can I contact while my child is on picnic/camp?
If you ever need to contact Uni Camp For Kids, please phone our office on 08 6488 8763. Emergency numbers are always noted on our office voice mail on the day of picnic/during camp.

If you would like an update on your child’s progress while they are on camp you can contact the club secretary on his/her mobile phone which is supplied to parents/guardians before camps start in January. We discourage children from speaking to their parents while they are on camp as, in our experience, it encourages, rather than discourages homesickness. Once kids are on camp they are usually having so much fun they tend to not worry too much about what’s going on at home – it is, after all, their holiday.

You may also want to speak to your child’s leaders at the drop off/pick up point before picnic/camps commence about your concerns or any specific issues your child has. Leaders can also be contacted through the secretary.

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Who can I contact to get my child invited to picnic/camp?
You need to contact your case worker at Department of Child Protection, your school principal or school counsellor or even your family General Practitioner and ask them specifically to nominate your child for Uni Camp for Kids. Please recommend this web site as a source of information if your case worker is unfamiliar with our organisation.

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Where can I get more information?
For more information about Uni Camp for Kids and the camps/picnics we provide visit our information page or email or call our Secretary here.

For more information on the Department of Child Protection please visit their web site here

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