Who can come to Camp?

Read the criteria below to establish if your child is eligible for Over The Wall camps

Camp in the Cloud

We invite applications from:

  • For Health Challenge Camp in the Cloud: children, aged 6 to 17 years, living in the UK, who are currently receiving treatment for, or are experiencing physical health challenges.
  • For Sibling Camp in the Cloud: children aged 6 to 17 who have a brother or sister (of any age) who is currently receiving treatment for, or is experiencing health challenges.
  • For Family Camp in the Cloud: families who have a child aged from 0 to 17 years, who is currently receiving treatment for, or is experiencing health challenges. One child in the family must be aged between 6-17.

Health challenges include, but are not limited to:

  • Blood disorders (e.g. Sickle Cell Disease, Haemophilia)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease, TPN-dependent)
  • Cancer and Leukaemia
  • Rheumatological conditions (e.g. Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus)
  • Immunological disorders (e.g. HIV, primary immune deficiency)
  • Respiratory disorders (e.g. Severe Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis)
  • Skin conditions (e.g. Severe Eczema, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
  • Severe Allergies
  • Heart conditions (e.g. Congenital Heart Disease)
  • Kidney disease (e.g. Polycystic Kidney Disease, Renal Failure)
  • Liver diseases
  • Neurological disorders (e.g. Epilepsy, Spina Bifida)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (e.g. Friedreich’s ataxia)
  • Organ Transplant
  • Endocrine disorders (e.g. Diabetes)

Health Challenge and Siblings Camps only

As part of the program, there is an opportunity for the camper to meet and interact with their peers of similar age on video calls. Please note adults (other than the OTW staff and volunteers) are not allowed on these calls due to safeguarding and allowing the young people the opportunity to express themselves

Activity boxes are designed to be age-specific. The camper will be sent a box in relation to their chronological age (the date of birth on their application form) and unfortunately, this cannot be substituted.

As part of Camp in the Cloud, there are elements of “Team talk” and “cabin chat” which require communication and participation from the camper, therefore if your child has communication issues you may choose for them to not partake in this element of Camp in the Cloud.

Unfortunately, we are unable to take campers who are currently a hospital inpatient.

To ensure children can benefit fully from our camp programme, they must:

Camp in the Cloud has a variety of activities including some arts and crafts which will require the use of scissors and fine motor skills and for some children assistance may be required from an adult in the house.

Residential Camps

Health Challenge Camps

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:

  • Blood disorders (eg Sickle Cell Disease, Haemophilia)
  • 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)
  • Liver diseases
  • Neurological disorders (eg Epilepsy, Spina Bifida)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (eg Friedreich’s ataxia)
  • Organ Transplant
  • Endocrine disorders (eg Diabetes*) * We are only accepting applications from children with Diabetes to Family Camps.

To ensure the child is able to benefit fully from all our camp programmes, 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 chair to floor and floor to chair without assistance if they use a wheelchair

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
  • Are more than 2-3 years off treatment, if they do not have any ongoing health challenges 
  • Need overnight care/intervention/monitoring, or health care needs that require constant one-to-one support
  • Have Cystic Fibrosis or Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (due to the risk of cross-infection and infection to immunocompromised campers)
  • Are on the ketogenic diet

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 its own merits, however as places are limited, we will give priority to those children who have not attended camp before.

Sibling Camp

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 behavioural or social communication needs that would prevent them from participating in age appropriate group activities.

Family Camp

We invite applications from families who have a child aged from 0 to 17 years, who is currently receiving treatment or experiencing health challenges. One child in the family must be aged between 8-17.

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 who have attended camp previously may be placed on the reserve list, to allow new campers to experience camp.

Reserve list places will be allocated based on need and availability. As we’re always trying to improve our application process and with each child’s changing needs, families can apply for as long as they meet our criteria and a new application will be required on each occasion.

Places are not guaranteed and whilst we consider every child’s needs individually, returning campers may be put on the reserve list to allow new campers the opportunity to experience camp.