Over The Wall provides FREE residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges and their families, to enable them to reach beyond their perceived limitations and rediscover a whole new world of possibilities.
Our camps help develop the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies and peer relationships of our camps.
We run three camp programmes across the UK in three regions. Please continue reading below for more information:
To ensure the child is able to benefit fully from our camp programme, they must :
✔ 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 floor to chair and bed to chair independently if they use a wheelchair
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept campers who:
x have Cystic Fibrosis or Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (due to the risk of cross-infection and infection to immunocompromised campers)
x are more than 2-3 years off treatment, if they do not have any ongoing health challenges
x have recognised current behavioural issues
x Autistic Spectrum Disorders
x need overnight care/intervention/monitoring, or health care needs that require constant one to one support
Health Challenge Camps Criteria
We invite applications from children aged 8 to 17 years, living in the UK, who are currently receiving treatment, or experiencing health challenges. This includes, but is not limited to:
✔Cancer and Leukaemia
✔Blood disorders (eg Sickle Cell Anaemia, Haemophilia)
✔Endocrine disorders (eg Diabetes)
✔Gastrointestinal disorders (eg Inflammatory bowel disease, TPN-dependent)
✔Rheumatological conditions (eg Juvenille Rheumatoid Arthritis)
✔Immunological disorders (eg Primary or Acquired Immune Deficiencies)
✔Respiratory Disorders (eg Brittle Asthma)
✔Skin Conditions (eg Severe Eczema)
✔Multiple 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)
✔Physical disability (eg Spinal Injury)
Sibling Camp Criteria
We invite applications from children aged 8 to 17 who have a brother or sister (of any age) who is currently receiving treatment, or experiencing health challenges. Unfortunately we are unable to accept children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or diagnosed behavioural difficulties.
Family Camp Criteria
We invite applications from families who have a child aged from birth to 17 years, who is currently receiving treatment, or experiencing health challenges.
Medical Provision at Camp
The medical programme is overseen year round by our Nursing Team, which is headed by our Nursing Director, Natalie Marshall. The team will review your child’s application and information from their own health care team to ensure we can meet their needs at camp. We may contact you or your child’s nurse/doctor if they need further information. We may ask for lots of information; this is because we want to provide excellent care for your child at camp and ensure they have a great time.
Medical care at camp is provided by our ‘Beach Patrol’; a skilled team of volunteer nurses and doctors, under the direction of our Nursing Director or one of our Nursing Co-ordinators. They wear pink tshirts so they can be easily identified. At Health Challenges camp, we usually have a Beach Patrol team of around 10 to ensure each camper team has a doctor or nurse. We have a smaller Beach Patrol team of around 3 at Sibling Camp. At Family Camp, parents will be responsible for providing their child’s care, but we will have a nurse or doctor there to provide support.
Care at Health Challenges camp is given in the ‘Beach Hut’; a bedroom converted into a medical centre. The Beach Hut is open from 7.30am until around 10pm and is staffed on a rota by Beach Patrol. Overnight there is a nurse/doctor on call. Campers come to The Beach Hut to receive medications, have dressings changed, catheters flushed, feeds connected, receive first aid, and much more! We try to make The Beach Hut a welcoming environment for the campers, so it is decorated with a ‘beach’ theme…hence the name!
Staff & Volunteers at CampAt each camp we have a core team of Over The Wall staff who ensure our campers (and families) are fully supported during their time with us. This being said we would not be able to run our camps without the dedication of our enthusiastic volunteers. At camp we have a 1:1 ratio of campers to volunteers. Each group of campers are assigned a group of volunteers who create a safe and fun environment for all our campers. Many of our volunteers have been returning year after year, some are former campers themselves. They are regularly vetted and receive full training prior to the campers’ arrival.
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How to Apply
We have an online application which must be completed each year. Simply click on the button below which will take you to our application forms for all our camps. Once there you will be asked to set up an account for your family. You can start/stop your application at any time. The information will be saved, but please ensure you have submitted it before the appropriate deadlines.
If you are apply for your child to attend a Health Challenge Camp. You must get your child’s Nurse Specialist or Consultant to complete the Healthcare Professional Form. We will not be able to continue assessing your child’s application until we have received it. If you are applying for a Family Camp we will require a recent clinic letter (within 3 months).
Applications are assessed individually by our Nursing Team. They take into account the needs of the child as a whole. Please take the time to provide as much information as possible as they can only take into consideration the information you provide on the application form.
If you have any issues completing the application or do not have an email address please contact our office on 02392 477 110.
For More Information
If you have any questions and would like to speak to your local Regional Coordinator please complete the following form and they will be in touch.