Applying for camp
Applicants to Health Challenge camps must send us a Healthcare Professional Form which should be completed by the child’s nurse or consultant at the hospital.
Applicants to a Family Camp or a Partnership Camp (those we hold in conjunction with another charity) must send us a clinic letter dated within the last 3 months. We will send this request to you on receipt of your application.
Applicants to a Siblings Camp do not need any supporting medical information
We cannot assess an application for camp without the supporting medical information requested.
If this does not work for you, please contact out office on 02392 477110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While at camp
• Give medication
• Oral chemotherapy
• PEG, NG and NJ feeds
• Central lines and portacaths
• Non-invasive ventilation
• Subcutaneous injections and infusions
• IV factor
• Stoma and catheter care
• Bowel washouts
At Health Challenge camps and Siblings camps, we provide a team of volunteer qualified doctors, paramedics and nurses. They provide all necessary care, giving medication, feeds, changing dressings, personal care, as well as monitoring their health over the duration of the camp. A doctor, paramedic or nurse is on call for overnight emergencies. The team is led by a nursing coordinator who is a member of staff.At Family Camp, we have a much smaller medical team as parents and carers are responsible for their child’s care, but our medical team is always present to offer support.
We’ve been offered a place at camp
Midlands Health Challenge and Midlands Siblings – Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham
Scotland Health Challenge and Scotland siblings – Edinburgh and Glasgow.Please ensure campers are equipped with all emergency medications prior to leaving.
If you do not live near those cities or would rather bring your child to camp, you would be very welcome to. We will tell you on the offer letter what time you will need to arrive.
For all Family Camps and Partnership Camps we do not offer transport, you can either make your own way to camp, or if you are getting public transport with prior notice, we can arrange to collect you from the nearest train station to the camp.
• Long trousers or joggers
• Sweater, hoodie or fleece
• Sensible shorts (weather dependent)
• Waterproof jacket
• Swimwear (no bikinis please). Please note, swimming will not be offered as an activity at all camps.
• Towels (for swimming and day to day use)
• Closed toed shoes
• Soap/shower gel
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Plastic bag for dirty laundry
• Any medicationsOptional Items:
• Wellies or old trainers
• Teddy or other bedtime items
• Low-energy activities for periods like Rest Hour (e.g. age-appropriate books, comics)
• An outfit for Party Night and any props you may want to use during Stage NightItems to Leave at Home:
• Mobile phones and any other valuables (iPods, iPads, etc.). Please note, mobile phones will be removed and kept safe during camp.
• Food or drink of any kind (unless agreed in advance with our Nursing Team)