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In diferent parts of the world Edmund Rice Camps are organised as recreational activities for children who need a bit of extra care. Young adults volunteer to become animators in the camps. Below are three contacts that can help you make the connection and get involved. We have also included some stories from camp participants.
Edmund Rice Camps - Oceania
Edmund Rice Camps originated at a Christian Brothers School in Melbourne in 1979 to assist the development of community between new students arriving from Vietnam and other Asian nations and existing students at the College. The concept and program was so successful that they began running camps for children from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds soon after. In 1987 a group of young adults and Christian Brothers from Sydney headed to Melbourne to experience a camp and in January 1988, camps began in NSW. Since then Edmund Rice Camps have spread to various parts of the world.
Staffed by young adult volunteers (18 -35), who participate in all aspects of the programme, the camps aim to provide disadvantaged children with a safe, positive, fun and rewarding holiday experience. Volunteer Leaders are asked to be attentive to the needs of the children and to act as positive role models for them. The camps place young adult volunteer Leaders in roles of friendship and leadership. In being responsible for the children, it is hoped they grow in living skills, responsibility, and knowledge of their own gifts and talents. In doing this, the reality of the phrase, "for it is in giving that we receive", will come to us.
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Edmund Rice Camps - Europe
What does a camp involve?
• A non-residential week-long summer camp for kids ( 8-12 years old)
• A wide range of activities - sports, team games, treasure hunts, outings, arts & crafts and more
• Activities organised and coordinated by young adult leaders ( aged 17-25) under the close supervision of experienced adults
• One-to-one ratio of leaders to children
• No charge for participants on camp.
The first camp in Ireland was run by members of the Presentation Family in Cork in 1998.
Camps now take place in Cork, Dublin, Omagh, Kilkenny, Waterford, Liverpool, Stoke and Wirral.
Contact Details: Co-ordinator: Chris Glavey