A family experience
Camp Phoenix is an annual Injury and Trauma Recovery camp for families. It supports children, adolescents and adults who have experienced burns, or other life-changing injuries, harm and/or trauma and their family members. Phoenix encourages peer-to-peer and family support, along with professional guidance from volunteers including nurses and psychologists.
Injury and trauma survivors and their family members come together from around Australia for a fun and supportive weekend.
At Phoenix, families enjoy a wide range of experiences including indoor and outdoor group activities, support and wellbeing sessions and group outings. Phoenix aims to provide participants with a supportive environment in which they can make social connections and enjoy new experiences.
The camp oﬀers opportunities for those who have experienced trauma to meet and share with others who have been through similar circumstances. Participants are welcomed to attend Phoenix with family members.
Camp TANGO (Together Achieving New Goals and Opportunities) is an Injury and Trauma Recovery camp that supports children, adolescents and young adults who have experienced, severe burns, life-changing injuries, harm and/or trauma.
Individuals attend Camp TANGO as single participants and are paired with trained adult mentors/volunteers for the duration of the camp. This program is designed to assist these young people to discover their talents, achieve their goals and experience new opportunities.
Camp TANGO provides a combination of enjoyable recreational activities, leadership and educational opportunities in a fun environment, as well as social connection and crucial support to assist participants in developing their self-esteem, overall wellbeing and conﬁdence.
Camp TANGO provides opportunities for children aged from 6 to 16 and young adults aged from 17 to 23.
Camps provide survivors with the practical tools they will need to create sustainable pathways to a healthier and happier lifestyle including:
- healthy eating and nutritional advice
- fitness and wellbeing tips and plans
- good hygiene practices
- goal setting strategies
- education and career opportunities
Survivors leave their camp experience ready to take on the world. Many of the survivors are regular attendees and cannot wait to reconnect with their mates at the next KIDS camp.
TANGO Skills Workshop
The skills workshop is part of the TANGO program providing a combination of enjoyable activities, education, social connection and support to assist participants in developing their self-esteem and confidence. The TANGO skills workshop also focus on learning, developing and building upon age appropriate and relevant life skills.
who are the camps for?
We run camps in around Australia that support young people and adolescents to cope with the physical and emotional after-effects of living with trauma, burns and other serious life-changing injuries. Our programs support children with injuries and trauma caused by burns, accidents, dog attacks, crime, neglect, abuse and environmental events. We have dedicated camps for the injury survivor and have an annual family camp.
What will my child do at a kids camp?
At both the family camp and child-only camps, participants take part in a range of experiences including indoor and outdoor group activities, support sessions and group outings. There is always a focus on creating strong connections and building leadership skills and self-confidence. Children are also connected with a mentor / a BIG KID volunteer at each camp.
How will i know if my child is ready to attend a camp?
When coming to their first camp, many children are nervous and a little anxious. They often think that they are the only child going through what they are and when they join a camp, they quickly realise that other children have similar experiences and often look a lot like them too; quickly putting them at ease.
We have an excellent mentor program at our camps, and provide camp buddy's and volunteers to make sure children feel comfortable, safe and happy. By the end of the camp, their self-confidence and self-esteem will have improved along with an increased knowledge of wellbeing and support network and friendships.
Get in touch and we'd love to talk with you about your individual circumstances.
how can i find out more about your programs?
The KIDS Foundation psychologist coordinates the injury and trauma recovery programs and we encourage you to get in touch and talk with her directly. She will be able to let you know more about the program services available through KIDS and help you to navigate the steps you and your family may like to take to get more involved with our Foundation.
Give the KIDS Foundation a call on 1300 734 733 or email email@example.com
Get in touch
The recovery programs help young people to cope with the physical and emotional after-effects of living with trauma, burns and other serious life-changing injuries. Find out more by email