Camp To Belong Australia reunites siblings living in Out Of Home Care who have been separated through the fostering process. This week-long event gives siblings the chance to establish and nurture their powerful bond in a safe and supportive environment.

Camp To Belong, an international non-profit organisation, has been running camps for over 20 years. Lifestyle Solutions is a member of Camp To Belong International, implementing and running Camp To Belong Australia since 2012.

At Camp To Belong, children take part in a range of outdoor adventures, life-planning exercises and social activities. The week’s program is designed to promote positive family contact and provide each sibling with an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Camps consist of up to 50 children in sibling groups staying together in a camp facility alongside a team of dedicated volunteers. They participate in a range of activities, including the Camp’s signature activities:

  • The Sibling Pillow activity involves each child creating a special personalised pillow with messages of love and support for their siblings to take with them and cuddle when they are missing their loved ones. The children write and draw on the pillows, special thoughts and images they want to share.
  • The Birthday Party sees kids go ‘shopping’ for presents for their siblings, and then a huge birthday party is thrown for everyone, with cake and balloons and all the fun of all the birthday’s they’ve missed together squished into one massive celebration. It’s a big hit with the children!
  • During the Memory Book activity the children place photos of each other in an album so they have their own record of their time together and their special bond.

If you’re interested in making a donation (financial or goods), referring a sibling group to attend, or becoming a valued volunteer, please contact us at camptobelong@lifestylesolutions.org.au.

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