CRU Camps look to see all children have the opportunity to experience camp. Through Crusader Benevolent Services this includes children under the care of the Minister, children in exceptional care arrangements (e.g. Out of Home Care, Foster or agency supported care) and children who have significant medical and/or behavioural conditions. In order to help ensure that CRU Camp volunteers can care for children on camp well, a particular application procedure is required for children in these circumstances.
We understand that for some children this may appear to be unnecessary, however our experience has shown that children who have had exceptional circumstances and experiences in their lives are often likely to need additional care, attention and time from our volunteer leaders. This can in some circumstances over stretch these volunteer teams, especially if we are not aware in advance and able to plan for or limit the number of campers if deemed necessary. Our procedures have been developed in the interests of duty of care and to help ensure that each child is well cared for and that every leader is well-equipped to care for them.
The acceptance of a child in any of the above circumstances on one of our camps is at the discretion of the CRU Camps Management in conjunction with the camp director of the specific camp. To apply for a camp, caseworkers or foster carers must complete the online registration and the Confidential Camper Application (see below) including a behaviour management plan. Once this information has been received a decision is made based on all of the following:
- the experience level and skills of our volunteer team
- the number of volunteers on camp compared to campers
- the number of other campers already registered on camp and any special care they may require
- the applying child’s individual needs and circumstances
On occasions, we will request additional information about the child such as school, counsellor or psychologist reports to help assist in the assessment of the application. If a child has previously been on camp, their behaviour on that camp is also considered for future applications.
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