Young People

Teen Camps

HeartKids Teen Camps are held across Australia annually for young people aged 13-17. They provide a space for young people with heart conditions to connect, share stories, and build lasting friendships. Through fun activities, we promote independence, healthcare skills, and self-confidence, creating life-changing experiences.

Fun, Adventure and Friendships Awaits

At our Teen Camps, we offer a variety of incredibly fun and stimulating activities, including physical challenges (with safety in mind), creative projects, inspiring guest speakers, and team-building exercises.

Catch all the fun moments from Teen Camps on our YouthZone Instagram!

Teen Camps

VIC/TAS/SA 2024

Teens aged 13 – 17 living with CHD are invited to join us for four days of fun and adventure at our Teen Camp 2024!
30 September, 2024 9:00 AM
Victoria, Australia

WA/NT 2024

Teens aged 13 – 17 living with CHD are invited to join us for four days of fun and adventure at our Teen Camp 2024!
16 December, 2024 9:00 AM
Perth, WA, Australia

Volunteering at Teen Camp

To ensure campers can participate safely and within their health capacity, the camp is staffed by a range of volunteers with specialist skills and experience. All costs are covered. This includes flights, transport, accommodation, meals, and activities.

We are currently seeking general volunteers and medical/allied health volunteers:

Note: As Teen Camp aims to provide campers with an authentic experience away from home, we are unable to accept applications from parents, legal guardians or relations of campers. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated, have a Police Check and valid Working With Children Check (or equivalent).

What Do Previous Campers, Parents and Volunteers Say?

I loved the education sessions! And seeing campers come out of their shell, make connections, and understand themselves a bit more.

– Volunteer 2022

You shouldn’t hesitate to go to Teen Camp. You get to make new friends and enjoy fun activities. I really enjoyed getting to know the volunteers and learning from them.
– Camper 2022
Thank you so much for giving my daughter the opportunity to attend teen camp this year. She’s come back home very happy with her time.
– Heart Mum 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Teen camps and events are completely FREE for all campers (and volunteers).

HeartKids, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, will cover all costs associated with travel (including flights!), accommodation, meals and activities.

I’m coming from interstate, will I have to fly to Teen Camp by myself?

Where possible, we try to make sure that all campers are met by a HeartKids volunteer at their closest airport to make the trip together. All these details will be carefully planned with campers and their parents/carers well before camp starts.

What happens at Teen Camp and Teen Events?

The team at HeartKids organise an amazing variety of activities for camps and events. At previous camps, campers have had the chance to get creative in art and music workshops, hit the beach or lake to try some fun water sports, as well as having a go at rock climbing and ropes courses.

Campers and event attendees are provided with the opportunity to engage in conversations and activities focused on living with CHD and transitioning to adult care. Inspiring guest speakers also make special appearances.

What do I need to bring?

Campers will need to bring clothes that they can be active in and don’t mind getting a little dirty. A full list will be provided to all campers and will include things like shorts, t-shirts, hat, swimmers, runners, thongs, toiletries, pyjamas, sunscreen, towels, pillow, sleeping bag and a sheet.

If you don’t have access to some of these items, reach out to the HeartKids Teen Camp Coordinator and arrangements can be made to ensure all campers have everything they need to have a great time.

Where will we sleep on Teen Camp?
Campers will sleep in air-conditioned, shared dormitory-style accommodation, allocated by age and gender. There are of course private bathroom facilities.
But I don’t know anyone...
The wonderful thing about HeartKids Teen Camps and Events is the friends you make. You may feel a little nervous at first, but from the moment you arrive at camp you will be greeted by happy, welcoming faces. You will get to meet lots of other teens with similar stories and experiences as your own.

HeartKids usually plan some online get -to-know-you virtual meet and greets before Teen Camp, to ease some of those nerves that everyone will be feeling.

I have to take medication on camp. Will there be someone there to help me?
Teen Camp is staffed by an amazing group of volunteers, many of who are practising nurses. Prior to camp or the event, the HeartKids Teen Camp Coordinator will get in touch with your parents/carers and obtain all relevant information related to your medication requirements.
Tell me more about the volunteers who will be supervising the campers.
Teen Camps are staffed by a wonderful group of volunteers who have professional experience working with young people living with congenital and childhood acquired heart conditions. This includes nurses and social workers. It is a requirement that all volunteers are fully vaccinated and hold a current Police Check and Working With Children Check (or equivalent).
Can I speak to my family while I’m at Teen Camp?

Campers are able to bring their mobile phones to contact family during free time. However, there will be some restrictions on device usage – but campers will be so busy having a great time that this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

I have more questions!

Our Teen Camps Coordinator is more than happy to discuss any aspect of the camp with those considering coming along. Our Coordinator has many years of experience working with teens and arranging activities and events that are fun, safe, welcoming, inclusive and enjoyable.

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