We provide special support for children living with chronic kidney disease, including an annual national camp and other activity programs. These allow children and their families to interact with others who have similar health issues and develop peer support networks.

Kidney Health Kids Camps

Kidney Health Kid's Camps

Our Kidney Health Kids Camps are free recreational get-togethers over four days, which provide peer support and respite for children aged from seven to 17 years and their siblings.

The camps are held annually and attended by more than 100 children, who fly in from around Australia. They are accompanied by paediatric health professionals, who ensure essential medical care is provided during the four days.

Children living with kidney disease can often develop feelings of isolation, and the camps provide a perfect opportunity for them to develop peer support networks, while also giving their parents much needed respite.

The camps also give siblings a chance to better understand chronic kidney disease and meet other siblings of kids with the condition.

The Kidney Health Kids Camps were initiated in 1994 and since then have established themselves as safe, fun and not-to-be missed experiences on the Kidney Kids’ calendar.

Here’s a video that will give you an idea of the fun and awesome adventures to be enjoyed at a Kidney Health Kids Camp.

Tahlia's Story

Meet the incredibly courageous Tahlia, who lives with kidney disease. Tahlia attended our 2015 National Kids Camp with her twin sister, and her brother, thanks to the Kidney Kar Rally. Though Tahlia's grandma donated a kidney to her when she was younger, her kidneys aren't functioning as they should be and she is now on dialysis. Our Camp gives kids like Tahlia the opportunity to connect and become lifelong friends with others facing similar challenges, and enjoy lots of adventures and masses of fun.

Upcoming Kidney Health Kids Camp

Details on the 2016 camp will be posted soon.

How to apply

For more information email kids@kidney.org.au.

Be a volunteer

Most of the volunteers who assist at our Kidney Health Kids Camps come from local participating universities; however, anyone can apply. If you feel you’d be ideal, email kids@kidney.org.au.

Please note that parents of children attending the program are not eligible to volunteer. That’s because one of the aims of the camps is to provide parents with a period of respite, while also giving their children the chance to interact freely with their peers.

All volunteers are screened and, in some cases, specially trained prior to commencement. Applicants need to register for a Working with Children Check and Police Check in the state in which they will be volunteering. Read more about these checks.

Kidney Health Kids Capers

Kidney Health Kids Capers

This free multi-day activity program is held in five capital cities around Australia twice a year. The program provides children living with chronic kidney disease and their siblings a chance to develop much needed peer support networks in a relaxed, safe environment.

The program also provides a perfect environment for parents to get together and develop friendships.

First held in 2002, Kidney Health Kids Capers now attracts around 70 children in each state and is a highlight of our Kidney Kids programs calendar.

Kids-only days and family fun days

The Kidney Health Kids Capers program is split into kids-only days and family fun days.

Kids-only days are for children aged from seven to 17 years and their siblings. Activities include visits to amusement parks, ten-pin bowling centres, the zoo, movies and Laser Tag centres.

Family fun days are for infants and children up to 17 and their siblings, parents or guardians. Activities include sporting matches, day cruises, barbecues and visits to amusement parks.

Upcoming Kidney Health Kids Capers

South Australia and Northern Territory: 5 and 6 September 2015
New South Wales: 24 and 25 October 2015
Western Australia: 17 and 18 October 2015
Victoria and Tasmania: 1 and 2 August, 10 and 11 October 2015
Queensland: 8 and 9 August, 21 and 22 November 2015

How to apply

For more information email kids@kidney.org.au.

Be a volunteer

If you’re interested in volunteering at Kidney Health Kids Capers activities, email kids@kidney.org.au.

Please note that parents of children attending the activities are not eligible to volunteer. That’s because one of the aims of the program is to provide parents with a period of respite, while also giving their children the chance to interact freely with their peers.

All volunteers are screened and, in some cases, specially trained prior to commencement. Applicants need to register for a Working with Children Check and Police Check in the state in which they will be volunteering. Read more about these checks

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