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Teen Camp


We are excited to announce that HeartKids Teen Camp is being held 15-19 January, 2020 at Grantville Lodge, located just over an hour from Melbourne’s CBD. Grantville Lodge is situated on 30 hectares of natural bushland overlooking Westernport Bay, which makes it an ideal location for the HeartKids 2020 Teen Camp!   

The HeartKids Teen Camp brings together young people from all over Australia, who are connected by the fact that they are all living with congenital and/or acquired heart conditions. Teen Camp is a unique opportunity for young people aged between 13-17 years to connect with others who may have experienced a similar journey, develop new friendships and create ongoing peer support networks that continue long after Teen Camp finishes. Importantly, Teen Camp provides an opportunity for young people to increase their level of independence, build their own capacity to demonstrate self-management skills, and assists in developing their own self-confidence.
Teen Camp includes activities such as attempting physical challenges (within limits) and fun team building tasks that are completed in a supportive and safe environment. Teen Camp is a place where peers understand each other, including any limitations and/or health restrictions, which are all carefully considered as all Teen Camp attendees are under the supervision of specialised volunteers and medical team members. The medical team that attends includes cardiologists, doctors, nurses, allied health and community health workers all with specialist experience in cardiac care or adolescent health experience.
Expression of Interest for Campers (13-17 years) and Camp Champions (18-19 years) are now open and close on the 11 September 2019 (11:59pm AEST).

The cost for this camp is $200 per camper (only payable on acceptance of your successful expression of interest application)

Please click here to complete the Expression of Interest by midnight 11 September 2019 (AEST).

It is important to note that due to the limited number of camp spots available for teens every year, that completion of the Expression of Interest does not guarantee a place at the HeartKids Teen Camp. To ensure equity to all eligible young people, a preference will be given to those who haven’t attended a HeartKids Teen Camp previously however we encourage all adolescents interested in attending Teen Camp to complete the camper/camp champ EOI regardless of the amount of camps they may have attended. 

The Teen Camp Organising Committee will notify all applicants of the outcome of their expression of interest by the end of September 2019.
HeartKids Teen Camp is made possible through the generosity of our supporters and the camp nurses, doctors, volunteers and other staff who donate their time and expertise. If you would like to volunteer please click here to register your interest.  
Expression of interest applications for the medical team and general volunteers are now open for the 2020 Teen Camp. Medical/Allied Health EOI closes 15 August 2019 and the general volunteer EOI closes 30 August 2019.  
HeartKids Teen Camp relies on the much needed funds raised from the community and the generous donations from the corporate sector. If you would like to become involved in fundraising, or if you know/have a corporate connection that would like to support Teen Camp, then please don’t hesitate to contact us by email: or call (03) 9329 0446 for further information.


 The WRAP UP from the 2018 Teen Camp to get you excited about what to expect: 

The 2018 Teen Camp was held at the beautiful Camp Bornhoffen at Natural Bridge Queensland.

60 young people with congenital heart disease from all over the country, aged 13 to 18, had the opportunity to take part in activities that many thought were beyond them. Under the guidance of a team of 27 volunteer Group Leaders (including adults with CHD, Cardiac Nurses and Cardiologists) our campers were able to face their fears, build their confidence and self-esteem, and importantly forge lasting friendships with peers with shared experiences and challenges.

Activities included high and low ropes courses, canoeing, rafting, leap of faith, flying fox, damper making, camp fire, glow worm caves, art therapy sessions with some pretty amazing artwork produced and a highlight for everyone was a trip to Sea World! 

One of the most amazing experiences for everyone during the week was the visit from John Coutis. John’s presentation left the campers with strong messages of hope, encouragement and inspiration and still is a talking point amongst the campers.  One mum wrote on Facebook to John “I really have to thank you, my son isn’t one to sit and listen and take things in too much but he has come home and told me so much about your talk and you gave him the baton of responsibility which he hasn’t stopped talking about, so thank you so much”.  

The Camp Champions (18-19 year old campers) took part in a number of different leadership activities and training sessions throughout the week. Tony Curl from Think and Grow Business took them through an amazing session on leadership which incorporated games and prompted some exceptional ideas and thoughts for our future leaders. We would love to say a very big thank you to Tony, Douglas and Sharon for their time and expertise for our Camp Champs.

Many campers arrived at the beginning of the week not knowing anyone, some shy and a little anxious. By the end of the week they were all beaming and although a little tired, they had made new friends for life.