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What if my child doesn’t know anyone else on camp?
Most CRU Camps have a few campers who arrive not knowing anyone else. Our leaders are trained to watch, care for and help campers to feel part of the group. Camper surveys consistently show that over 95% of campers felt well cared for, made new friends and want to come on camp again.

Who looks after the campers?
A team of young, committed, Christian leaders look after the campers throughout camp. All leaders are reference checked, trained in child protection procedures and have completed government child protection requirements. In addition to a Camp Director and young adult volunteer leaders, primary camps also have a ‘camp mum and dad’ to support young campers who may experience homesickness.

How many leaders are on each camp?
All CRU Camps have an unequalled standard of care with at least 1 leader for every 5 campers, meaning that your child will be well looked after.

What does camp accommodation look like?
Students are normally accommodated in cabins, usually with bunk beds. Girls sleep in separate rooms to boys and there are leaders in or near each cabin block to ensure appropriate behaviour. Our camps take place at a variety of locations, but as a general guide we use sites with 6-10 beds in each room.

Can my child be in the same room as his/her friend?
Absolutely! During the registration process, you can nominate the name/s of your child’s friend (of the same gender) as a preferred room mate. Camp directors use these preferences to guide their cabin allocations. However if multiple campers are listed as room mate preferences, it may be difficult for directors to ensure every request. Please be aware that during camp, the director reserves the right to separate campers for disciplinary reasons. Even if your child’s friend has not yet registered, you can nominate them as a room mate, however this does not guarantee their place on camp.

What does my child need to take on camp?
Two weeks before camp you will receive a ‘camp information pack’ by email with all the details of what your child will need to bring to camp. This information will also be available for download on the camps unique page on our website. In the meantime you can also see our Typical Pack List.

What is the daily program for camp?
With over sixty CRU Camps featuring hundreds of exciting activities, each camp’s daily program is different. However, for a general idea, check out our Typical Camp Day.

What is the Christian component of the camps?
Each day of camp features a short Bible talk and small group discussion time for campers to talk about issues in greater depth and ask questions about God, life and everything.

Are the camp activities safe?
CRU Camps have an excellent safety record, and we work hard to keep this high standard. Of course there is an element of risk to everything we do in life and camp activities are no exception. CRU Camps minimise risk in a variety of ways including risk assessments, having trained activity guides and performing regular equipment checks to maintain industry safety standards.

How can campers be contacted?
We understand it can feel strange to be out of contact with your child for a few days, especially if this CRU Camp is their first time away from home. Campers who wish to contact their parents may ask the director for permission to do so. We recommended that campers do not bring their mobile phones as they can be intrusive, detrimental to building camp community and may exacerbate homesickness. Parents are given the contact details for the Camp Director and we recommend that, if needed, you contact your child via this method. Your child’s well being is our first priority. If they are finding camp difficult, or are not well, we will contact you at the first opportunity.

Will there be any other camps onsite while my child is on a CRU Camp?
Our Lake Mac campsite and most other sites we use only have one group staying at a time. Our Galston site and a couple of other larger sites we utilise are equipped for multiple groups. When more than one group is on 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 at different times. Groups are accommodated in their own section of cabins, with as much space between them as possible.

Our volunteer leaders supervise campers closely and keep groups in their own space. Campers are usually unaware of other groups or only see them in passing.


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