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Our Programs - Camps for Indigenous Kids

ERC has worked closely with Indigenous groups in Victoria to establish camp programs that incorporate a connection to traditional cultural understandings.

Indigenous youth in Australia are recognised as being particularly disadvantaged in the areas of education and health and can face additional cultural barriers to their participation in society.  Agencies with whom we work with have also recognised that Victorian children of Aboriginal identity receive little if any opportunities to learn traditional customs. Together we have identified that there is a need for us to provide specific camping programs for Indigenous children.Small-IndigKidsCamp.jpg

ERC provides Indigenous children with;

  • an opportunity to go on a camp and have an experience that is positive, fun and safe
  • an opportunity to experience an empowering relationship with young adult volunteers that enables the modelling of positive behaviour
  • the facilitation of a program that provides a link to the elders of their community and the opportunity to share cultural understanding.

The opportunity for the children to discover and share in their culture leads to a sense of pride in being Aboriginal and invites opportunities for further exploration.

Volunteers also gain an understanding of Aboriginal culture and heritage that can further foster the efforts of reconciliation.

Who are Edmund Rice Camps for?

Places on ERC programs are open to Indigenous children who are experiencing social or economic disadvantage.

How do I Apply for Camp?

All children and families must be referred by a social services agency, school or  medical service provider. Please visit our Important Information for Referrers page.

Camp Dates

  • Autumn School Holidays
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