Going away from home overnight is a significant experience for many students, and in fact the independent living skills gained through this experience are often integral to the school’s purposes for camp.
Although it is called a ‘camp’, all students are accommodated in clean and tidy rooms (except when your program involves a tent bivouac component). All beds are equipped with a mattress and pillow, so students only need to bring a pillow case and a sleeping bag.
Boys and girls are allocated to different cabins.
Lake Mac – cabins with 10 beds, bathrooms are within 50m of all cabins
Galston – cabins with 4 rooms and a common area, each room has 3 double bunks with an ensuite bathroom
Other sites have similar accommodation to these. Please ask your school or Crusaders staff if you have any particular questions.
Teachers are accommodated in separate cabins within a few metres of the students, and make their location known for any overnight problems. Please see your school to find out how they have allocated students and teachers to the cabins on your camp.
Enuresis can be a source of stress for a child on camp with their peers, and we can work with your teachers to manage this issue discretely. Please advise your school on the medical form if your child will be wearing a pull-up, or if they have a history of bed-wetting. The school can then work with you to develop a plan so that your child can take part in camp and avoid embarrassment.
Food is an important part of a positive camp experience. We provide plenty of food and a variety of options within each meal to suit different tastes.
Breakfast has cereals and hot food courses, lunch may be a hot or cold meal, and dinner has a hot main meal and dessert course. Salads and/or vegetables are available at all lunches and dinners. Morning and afternoon tea are usually freshly baked snacks with fruit, and supper is provided at your school’s discretion.
An indication of the types of meals we serve can be found at Sample Menus.
We understand that it can be stressful to send a child with a special diet on camp where you entrust their health needs to us. Yes, we provide a number of common special diets, including:
- Wheat free
- Lactose intolerant
- Gluten free and lactose intolerant
- Wheat free and lactose intolerant
- No beef or pork
- Plain food
As you can appreciate, we provide set meals for a large number of people rather than being a restaurant which cooks individual meals. Our special diet categories provide for most children’s dietary needs, and we aim to give you clear information on these so that you can make informed decisions about what your child will eat on camp.
A special diet request form is sent to your school, and information on the special diets we provide is also available at Special Diets Policy If your child’s dietary requirements do not fit neatly into one of these categories, please read the sections below for further information.
We have compiled a list of the most common special diets requested of us. Our kitchen staff only have the time and resources to provide these special diet categories whilst they prepare the regular meal for everyone in your school group and other groups staying onsite. For this reason we are not able to vary the categories, even though it may seem like a simple addition or subtraction to you as you consider your child’s needs only.
You will notice that our special diet list includes a number of combined categories (eg wheat free and lactose intolerant) to attempt to provide for the widest range of diets that we realistically can. We are not able to provide further combinations to those listed in our categories, however you can select a diet which is more stringent than the combination you would request. For example, you may want to request a combination of vegetarian and dairy free – we are unable to provide that combination but our vegan category actually meets all of those requirements.
We are happy for campers with more specialised diets to bring their own food. See point below entitled ‘I’m providing all of my child’s meals. What facilities will they have access to?’
We take the responsibility seriously to meet special diet requirements and ensure the good health of your child while on camp. We understand that some children are not highly motivated to keep to their special dietary needs due to peer pressure or other reasons, so we have systems in place to ensure that your child’s special diet meal gets to them.
On the understanding that the need for a special diet is due to health reasons, we do require that the special diet is provided for duration of the camp. We provide one regular or special diet meal for each person on camp, so it is not possible for your child to choose between regular and special diet meals each mealtime without taking someone else’s meal.
We are very happy for campers with more specialised diets to bring their own food, or for you to choose one of our special diet categories supplemented with your own food.
In these instances we will provide fridge/storage space and a microwave for re-heating. We are not able to cook food for individuals or allow them to use our kitchen facilities, as we cannot guarantee against cross contamination.
In the first instance it is best to acquaint yourself with the information we provide about special diets, available either from your school or at Special Diets Policy.
If you have more specific questions, please contact the Crusaders Program Co-ordinator on (02) 9653 1676 (select option 1). They can liaise with the site kitchen staff if necessary.
Crusaders has an excellent safety record, and we spend a lot of effort keeping this high standard. Of course there is an element of risk to everything we do in life and camp activities are no exception, however the bus trip to and from camp will statistically be the most ‘risky’ activity the students undertake!
Crusaders has a risk management document for every adventure activity we provide, which is available from your school or directly from our office (Ph: 9653 1676, select option 1). Your school has also received a description of the possible risks on camp, which again they or we can provide to you. Our staff are qualified in every activity they run (see below), and we undertake regular equipment checks to maintain industry standards.
Yes, our activity staff are qualified in every activity they run. Safety is very important to us, as outlined above, and we enjoy an excellent safety record.
Some activities require 2 staff, one in an Assistant role and the other in a Guide role. Our staff are qualified at least at the level of their role and often beyond. Some of our senior staff are even qualified to run adventure activities in any location and situation, even though most of our activities are run in controlled environments on our campsites.
All Crusaders school camp staff are qualified in First Aid, and will deliver first-response treatment in the event of an injury or illness. A decision is then made in consultation with your teachers about the need for further medical attention at a medical centre or hospital.
Your school will generally contact you if outside medical attention is required for your child. Please contact them for further details of their policy in this area.
We place high priority on the physical and emotional safety of students on camp. When we go into the bush we don’t tend to give a warning about every species the students may encounter, as it may unnecessarily worry them. We do brief students about general safety in the bush, and our first aid qualified staff are equipped to avoid natural hazards where possible and manage any bites or stings that may occur.
No, all access to water is fenced off at our sites.
Swimming pools have regulation fencing. Lake Mac is our waterside camp, and access to the lake is only possible through a locked gate in the fence.
Our Lake Mac site only has one group staying at a time, whereas our Galston site is equipped for multiple groups. Other sites that we use for Summit camps may be single or multiple occupant sites.
When we have more than one group on a site, we work hard to make sure each group has a unique experience and a sense of its own space. Activities are run separately and meals are provided either in different sections of the dining room or even in different sittings. Groups are accommodated in their own section of cabins, with as much space between them as possible.
Our Summit staff work with your teachers to supervise the students closely and keep groups in their own space. Students are usually unaware of other groups or only see them passing by on their way around the site.
It can feel quite different to be out of contact with your child for a few days, especially if this camp is their first time away overnight from home. Be assured that Crusaders and your school will be taking good care of your child physically and emotionally while they are on camp!
It is generally better to let your child go through the experience of being on camp without contact from home, especially if they are prone to some home sickness. If you have specific concerns about your child, you can organise to contact your teacher for an update report.
Most students have a great time on camp, although they often go through some highs and lows along the way – it’s all part of the learning experience for them.
Crusaders and your teachers will deal with any minor incidents/concerns in the first instance, and these can usually be resolved within the camp environment with some extra TLC. The school will generally contact you if there is a significant health issue or medical incident (see medical incident section above), or if there is an emotional issue which cannot be resolved on camp.
Remember – no news is good news!
When you send your child away from your direct care, you want to be confident that they will be looked after physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually. You place this trust in your school, and we also take this responsibility seriously as we work in partnership with your school to grow your child.
Crusaders has a spiritual component to each of our camp programs, where we aim to creatively present an aspect of the Christian faith and provide an opportunity for students to discuss their opinions and questions about life and faith. We specifically avoid trying to manipulate or pressure students into making faith commitments, and we keep in close communication with your school staff about any issues or growth in students’ spiritual development.
Crusaders is an interdenominational Christian organisation, and you can click here for further information about what we believe. We work closely with your school to design relevant Christian input sessions, and encourage you to liaise with your school camp co-ordinator if you have any questions about this part of the camp program.