OTFC is so pleased to be inviting you to participate in CampEVOLVE 2017 where you put the pieces together. This is a Camp about growth and accomplishment where every child is given the opportunity to evolve to their potential whilst having fun with like-minded Children.
There are 3 ways for children to experience CampEVOLVE. They are:
The CampEVOLVE Groups for 2017 are:
- Day Campers 5-6 years of age (3 Day programs only)
- Day Campers 7-8 years of age (3 Day programs only)
- Overnight Campers Girls 9 -12 years of age (3 days and 2 nights program)
- Overnight Campers Boys 9-12 years of age (3 days and 2 nights program)
- Life Skills Groups* 13+ years of age (3 days and 1 overnight stay)
(* Life Skills Group Campers must have completed one term of the OTFC Life Skills Group at OTFC)
The criteria for all CampEVOLVE participants are the following:
- Your child must be a current or past client of OTFC who has attended for an Initial Assessment,
- Your child is in a mainstream or special class / unit setting
- Your child is toilet trained (day and night) at the time of CampEVOLVE
- Life Skills Program is for invited OTFC clients who have participated in the Life Skills Program at OTFC in 2016/2017
Expectations of Campers in each group
Day Campers 5-6 years of age
Appropriate Campers must have adequate stamina to participate in a 7-hour day without requiring a daytime sleep, must be willing to participate in group experiences, are toilet trained, and are displaying basic communication skills and showing a desire to interact with their peers.
Day Campers 7-8 years of age
Appropriate Campers must have adequate stamina to participate in a 7.5-hour day, must be willing to participate in group experiences, are toilet trained and displaying developing skills in interacting and communicating with their peers.
Overnight Campers for children aged 9-12 years
Appropriate Campers must have a willingness to participate in all group experiences, must be toilet trained and able to communicate with their CampEVOLVE facilitators and peers independently. Prior sleep-over experience is not necessary.
Life Skills Campers (13+ years)
By invite only from the OTFC Clinic Life Skills Program
CampEVOLVE Camp Facilitators
Two (2) OTFC Occupational Therapists will be leading each of the groups assisted by three (3) Final Year University Occupational Therapy Students. The OTFC OT’s will be involved in all aspects of organising each group’s Camp activities and individual camp participant’s overall experience. The ratio is 1 staff member to 2 children during the day. Once you register and a deposit is paid, the details of your group leaders will be forwarded to you.
Once the groups have been defined, your individual therapeutic activity schedule will be sent to you so you will be able to follow what your child’s movements are at any time. As much as we we will try to adhere to every camper’s individual schedule, we will also be led by the child so some activities may alter if we believe there is a therapeutic benefit in doing so. CampEVOLVE has been designed to optimise the group experience for every child. Support will be provided to facilitate peer interaction during camp activities. A portfolio of your child’s camp experience will be compiled during the Camp and presented to your child at the closing CampEVOLVE ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday 11th October 2017.
What to expect at CampEVOLVE
OTFC Clients will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive three-day program to improve their sensory-motor skills and engage with their environment in a meaningful and purposeful way. Campers will be provided with opportunities to engage in a range of therapeutic activities throughout the day (and night); incorporating components of self-regulation unique to each child’s sensory diet in order to ensure successful individual and group participation. CampEVOLVE will have a significant functional focus for campers; as OT’s we like to enable children to be as independent as possible as appropriate for their age. CampEVOLVE will be physically and socially challenging and as a result campers will strive to develop their: Gross and fine motor skills, social skills including their ability to negotiate conflict, new friendships, ability to be be responsible and organised, confidence and functional capacity.
For Day Campers, the schedule at CampEVOLVE will include traditional camp activities as well as activities that are underpinned by the OTFC principles of practice such as: orienteering, nature walks, Messy Madness, Challenge Hill, Music/Art/Dance/Fitness Classes, T-shirt designing, swinging and balance games plus activities throughout the day that will have a therapeutic and functional foundation. Sensory diets for self-regulation will be adhered to throughout CampEVOLVE.
For Overnight Campers at CampEVOLVE, activities begin and end each day with an individualised functional routine. The day then continues with structured activities that are underpinned by the OTFC principles of practice such as: orienteering, nature walks, Messy Madness, Challenge Hill, Music/Art/Dance/Fitness Classes, T-shirt designing, swinging and balance games plus activities throughout the day that will have a therapeutic and functional foundation. Sensory diets for self-regulation will be adhered to throughout CampEVOLVE.
The overnight camper’s activities will be interspersed with unstructured activity and there will also be a break out space for campers at different times who need individualised sensory therapeutic input. Meals, rest periods and camp fires will be carefully structured to maximise the therapeutic value for each camper.
Cost of CampEVOLVE
The cost of the Camps
- For the Day Campers 5-8 yrs. of age, the cost of the camp is $900
- For the Overnight Campers 9-12 yrs. of age, the cost of the camp is $1300
- For the Life Skills Program 13yrs+, the cost of the camp is $1100
Deposit to accompany your CampEVOLVE Application is $300. This deposit is the cost to OTFC per child of using the camp facilities and therefore cannot be billed to any payment schemes. The remainder of the camp fee is a therapy fee and Michelle will be happy to discuss this with you (see Funding Questions). Deposits will not be processed until your child has been accepted as a camper at CampEVOLVE.
Once your child has been accepted, CampEVOLVE fees will be due in 3 equal instalments. If you would like Michelle to set up a payment plan for you, please let her know when you submit your application. More information regarding billing will be provided to you after you have been accepted as a camper at CampEVOLVE.
If you have Medicare funding (EPC/FPS) it can be utilised for CampEVOLVE – we can claim 3 therapy sessions for you.
If you have NDIS Funding please speak with Michelle to discuss how the details of your plan can be utilised for CampEVOLVE.
If you have any other funding questions, please do not hesitate to email Michelle (CampEVOLVE@otfc.com.au)
Sleeping Arrangements for the Overnight Program
The overnight groups are divided into groups by gender. Each group will be split into 5 students and will have an OTFC OT and a student OT (could be male or female) sleeping in their room. Each room has its own ensuite attached to it. This ratio will ensure the safety and well-being of all camp participants are maintained at all times.
Camp Food Menu
All meals at CampEVOLVE will be catered for by the wonderful people at Ash&Kel’s Kitchen (www.ashkelskitchen.com.au) who have developed a wonderfully nutritious and yummy menu for the children and will accommodate all dietary requirements upon request.
Forms to complete
There are a number of forms that you will be required to complete and return to Michelle at CampEVOLVE@otfc.com.au to begin the registration process:
- Camper Registration Form
- Camper Photo Form
- CampEVOLVE Commitment Form
- Deposit Payment Form
- Photo/video permission Form
- Medical Form
- Self-Care Skills / Routine Form
- Medication Authority Form
Please click here to download a CampEVOLVE Application Pack.
Please note that all pages need to be completed in full for your application to be considered and processed. You can post your application to OTFC (254 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000) or email a PDF of the application in one document to Michelle (CampEVOLVE@otfc.com.au). If you have any queries in relation to CampEVOLVE please do not hesitate to contact Michelle.
We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for your children and are so excited to share this with you.