Struggle to get the kids off the couch during the school holidays? Wondering what you will do on rainy days?

Why not explore the diverse range of school holiday camps run by NSW Sport and Recreation.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said the camps were located at 11 scenic sites across NSW and focused on everything from fishing to cooking through to adventures and even snow sports.

“Families often talk to me about the difficulties they face keeping kids active – particularly in the digital age which sees many young people glued to their electronic devices,” Mr Ayres said.

“One affordable and fun way parents can make a difference is to get their children and teens along to a school holiday camp.

“Many camps are day-only if your child is nervous about spending the night, whilst others provide the full camp experience including high ropes, canoeing, rock-climbing and sing-alongs around the campfire at night.”

Sport and Recreation school holiday camp packages include all activities, accommodation, nutritious meals and 24-hour supervision. Supervised transport is also available to and from most camps.

Winter kids’ camps run from 28 June–11 July 2014 for children and young people aged 7 to 16.

Mr Ayres said school holiday camps give children and young people the opportunity to take on new challenges and adventures in a safe and supervised environment.

“We all know the exhilaration of trying something new for the first time and succeeding, so not only do children have fun, they grow in confidence as a result of the experience,” he said.

Bookings are now open.

For more information and to book, visit the website at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/kidscamps or phone 13 13 02.

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  • ThIs is great Thanks


  • I have a sport and rec camp in the next town from me & looking at some of their programs makes me want to be a kid again.


  • I’m going to enquire about the camps for my children it teaches them to be independent also!!


  • I wouldn’t like to send my kids to camp unless it was a family one, we lose too much time with them being at school


  • my kids are in age bracket of 1 to 5 so not now but i would love to try it when they are older


  • Our DD went to a few camps with her friends, thoroughly enjoyed them.


  • Always lots of things to do to entertain the kids.


  • some good ideas


  • An important read thanks for sharing


  • I prefer the sound of doing something as a family together.


  • The winter camps sound great. My son has been to a couple of the summer holiday ones.


  • Camps are a good idea to get kids involved with activities that they wouldn’t normally do day to day. But it also depends on your kids and what interests them, and if you can afford to send them, even if it is only during the day.

    • I agree with you, including from the financial point too.
      School excursions can be a ?????sometimes. I remember going on a couple and some of the other kids weren’t interested in what we went to see and they made so much noise that some of us couldn’t hear what was being said, so we couldn’t do homework relating to questions we were given anyway. My parents started taking us on these just before the school went. Mum taught us how to make notes of important information.
      1 We were able to do our homework from the information we wrote down.
      2 We had a great educational family day out.
      3 Mum did some reseach via Govt. Travel Centre to find out of the areas of interest in the surrounding areas that school excursions never went to.

      After a couple of these we wrote our notes out without our parents’ help.


  • Sport and Recreation also have family camps and activities. Might be a way to introduce the kids to some new activities.


  • My children never really liked school camps.


  • Great article will be researching this further thanks for sharing


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