Stay up to date with my newsletter

Camp Confidence

Camp Confidence

Planning for Camp Confidence 2018 has begun! A therapy intensive camp for 8 to 11 year olds based on the Camp Jabiru model run in Sydney, Australia. It is our pleasure to bring this opportunity to Perth families for the third year in a row. Camp Confidence allows children a fun and supportive environment to enjoy the camp experience which is specifically tailored to meet therapeutic goals. In order to develop confidence emotionally, socially and with their movement, children need to experience the 'just right' challenge. Camp offers numerous opportunities with therapeutic intervention to support children gain greater skills in independence, making friends, managing their feelings and much more!

Camp Confidence will be highly staffed with Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Students, an approximate one adult to every two children. Children will be allocated into camp groups with a maximum of 10 children and minimum of 4 live in staff. Parents will receive a daily newsletter with updates from their child's camp group. A nurse will also be on site for the entire duration of the camp to support children with medication and other first aid needs.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page which is regularly updated for more information.

Check out our Camp Confidence Flyer 2017. You are welcome to share this flyer to other families or colleagues that may be interested.

Need ideas for funding support? Check out some suggestions here

Camp Dates 2017

Camp dates: Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th October 2018
Camper Applications open: 1st March 2018
Camper Applications close: 7th September 2018 (or until places have been filled)
Supporting Therapist and Student applications open: 1st May 2018
Pre-camp parent/child interview: September
Camp goal setting; August/September
Camp goals review: one week following camp, 3 months post camp
Child camp payments due:
  • Deposit $450 - due on application
  • Instalment One $500 - 5th August 2018
  • Instalment Two $500 - 8th September 2018
Total Camp cost: $1450; includes all meals, accommodation, activities, 24 hour nurse onsite, 1 OT to 2 children ratio, and pre screening session. Please download a generic Camp Confidence Quote 2017 to assist with funding applications, please contact our team if you require your child's name on it. A follow up home/school visit to implement the strategies gained from camp is also available through Calm and Connected.

Camper Applications

Step 1: Contact our team to discuss holding a place on camp for your child.*
Step 2: Download and send us your completed Camper Application Form 2017.
Step 3: You will be sent an invoice to pay a $450 deposit. This confirms your child's position on camp, or let us know the steps needed to pay with funding. Your child's position on camp is not confirmed until this deposit is paid.
Step 4: Complete the two instalments by the due dates. You will be issued an invoice to pay these.
Step 5: A staff member will be in touch to complete your included pre camp interview and assessment session.
*Due to limited places, applications are taken on a "first come, first serve" basis, once all available places have been filled, you will be notified and your child placed on the wait-list.

Is your child appropriate for camp? Please read the following points and/or call our team on 0430 645 086 if you are not sure if this camp meets the 'just right' challenge for your child:
  • Has had some sleep over experience away from home
  • Will be able to interact and communicate with peers with adult support
  • Will be able to participate in group experience with adult support
  • Has stamina to participate in a camp day with downtime available
Please note: this is a technology free camp, please leave all ipads, ipods, phones, computers and electronic games at home. Items will be accepted if they are for communication purposes only.

Therapist and Student Information

Are you an Occupational Therapist interested in working as part of a team of OT's to problem solve and design interventions for children? Would you like the opportunity to debrief with collegues at the end of the day to improve your observations and clinical reasoning skills? Are you keen to see how implementing therapy throughout a child's day can improve their occupational performance?

Or are you an Occupational Therapy student interested in a hands on learning experience working with children? Would you like to learn from working with Occupational Therapists and having the opportunity to apply the skills straight away?
Attending as support staff on Camp Confidence is an amazing, fun, learning opportunity. On Camp you not only learn from the other therapists attending, but from the camp structure and children as well.

You will be allocated to a camp group as a supporting therapist to provide hands on implementation of programs and development support. Camp groups include up to 10 children, 2 Occupational Therapy Staff, Supporting Therapists and Student Therapists. Camp Confidence therapist's will be using the SPIRiT Clinical Reasoning Form (Tracy Steakhouse, 2016) to inform assessment and intervention. The cost of attending camp is $330 inc GST with a student discount of $220. This cost covers; 4 days of accommodation and food, camp activities, and pre camp training.

If you are interested in attending:
Step 1: Complete the Support Therapist Application Form 2017, email it to
Step 2: A Calm and Connected staff member will call you to offer a place* and send you an invoice to pay.
Step 3: Complete payment to confirm your position on camp.
Step 4: Attend the online staff welcome meeting (date TBC) and the pre camp training session on Sunday 1st October. Accommodation is available Sunday night for those travelling to attend camp.
Step 5: Arrive at camp for some fun and learning!
Your position on camp is confirmed once payment and your full application with supporting documentation has been received. *Strictly limited places available.

Serpentine Camp Grounds Information