Camp Criteria

 

CAMP CRITERIA

 

 

 

 

 

Essential criteria and Application Policy

Health Challenge Camps

We invite applications from children aged 8 to 17 years, living in the UK, who are currently receiving treatment, or experiencing the difficulties of a serious health challenge. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Blood disorders (eg Sickle Cell Disease, Haemophilia)
  • Endocrine disorders (eg Diabetes)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (eg Inflammatory bowel disease, TPN-dependent)
  • Cancer and Leukaemia
  • Rheumatological conditions (eg Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus)
  • Immunological disorders (eg HIV, primary immune deficiency)
  • Respiratory disorders (eg Severe Asthma)
  • Skin conditions (eg Severe Eczema)
  • Severe Allergies
  • Heart conditions (eg Congenital Heart Disease)
  • Kidney disease (eg Polycystic Kidney Disease, Renal Failure)
  • Neurological disorders (eg Epilepsy, Spina Bifida)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (eg Muscular Dystrophy)
  • Organ Transplant
  • Physical disability (eg Spinal Injury)
To ensure the child is able to benefit fully from our camp programme, they must also:
  •  have the physical ability to participate in an action-packed activity programme with a range of high and low energy activities
  • have the social and emotional ability to participate in a group setting and team activities with children of their own age
  • be able to communicate their needs independently
  • be able to transfer from chair to floor and floor to chair without assistance if they use a wheelchair
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept campers who:
  • have Cystic Fibrosis or Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (due to the risk of cross-infection and infection to immunocompromised campers)
  • are more than 2 years off treatment,  if they do not have any ongoing health challenges
  • have learning, behavioural or social communication needs that would prevent them from participating in age appropriate group activities
  • are on the ketogenic diet
  • need overnight care/intervention/monitoring, or health care needs that require constant one to one support
Before attending camp, each camper’s parent application and a medical form completed by their own doctor or nurse, is reviewed by one of our Nursing Team. This is to ensure that the camper meets our eligibility criteria and that their needs can be met by the team at camp. Any required care plans can be formulated ahead of time. We will consider the child’s ability to participate in the programme, their psychosocial wellbeing, and what other opportunities are available to them. Each application is considered on it’s own merits, however as places are limited, we will give priority to those children who have never attended camp before.

Sibling Camp

We invite applications from children aged 8 to 17 who have a sibling who is currently receiving treatment, or experiencing the challenges of serious health challenge. Their unwell sibling does not need to be within the 8 to 17 year age group. Unfortunately we are unable to accept children  who have learning, behavioural or social communication needs that would prevent them from participating in age appropriate group activities

Family Camp

We invite applications from families living in the UK who have a child with a serious health challenge. The child with the health challenge can be any age from 0-17; however, one child in the family should be within the 8 to 17 year age group. Those attending should also:
  • have the physical ability to participate in an action packed activity programme, including activities such as climbing and archery
  • have the social and emotional ability to participate in a group setting and team activities with children of their own age
  • be able to communicate their needs independently
Unfortunately we are unable to accept children who have learning, behavioural or social communication needs that would prevent them from participating in age appropriate group activities

Returning Campers

Over The Wall accepts applications from returning campers who continue to meet our camper essential requirements, and will allocate camp places based on need. Campers will usually be placed on a waiting list if they have attended camp three or more times, to allow new campers to experience camp. Waiting list places will be allocated based on need and availability.