Child Referrals

Edmund Rice Camps Auckland provides week long holiday camp experience for young children aged 8-12 years in the Auckland Region who need a holiday due to family, financial or social circumstances. These camps are concerned primarily with the welfare of children, the use of activities to achieve team building and the constant affirmation of all achievements to build self-esteem and a sense of worth in young children.

Who our camps cater for:

  • Children who meet our age requirements – between 8 and 12 years old
  • Children who need a break due to family, financial or social circumstances

We can cater for participants that have challenging behaviour and remain committed to considering all applications – however, each child referral is considered on a case by case basis. Please remember that our camps are run primarily by young adult volunteers – all our volunteers are trained and screened by Edmund Rice Camps, but may not hold specific qualifications in this field.

If you have any questions over Edmund Rice Camps, or would like to join our referrer’s mailing list, please email

Referral Information

The following information can help you decide whether you would like to refer a child to Edmund Rice Camps

  • We usually get referrals from social workers, schools or local communities
  • There is a $30 cost per child for a week long programme which will need to be paid prior to camp
  • Transport is not the responsibility of Edmund Rice Camps Auckland, however arrangements are able to be made if necessary. Participants will need to be picked up and dropped off to a designated meeting point, which will be communicated ahead of time
  • We usually run four week long camps each year, which align with the school holidays in January, April and July. You can find our exact camp dates on the ‘Our Programmes’ Tab
  • Our camps are usually held at either Houghton’s Bush Camp, Muriwai or Hunua Presbyterian Camp, Hunua Falls

Referral Process

  1. Children are referred by a social worker, school or local community
  2. A Children’s Application Forms must be filled out – one by the referrer and one by the child’s caregiver. The forms can be obtained by emailing the Child’s liaison
  3. The forms must be sent via email to
  4. The child’s liaison will review the application and contact the referring agent if there are any questions over the application or the child
  5. If the child is appropriate for camps, they will be offered a place on camp or placed on a waiting list if the camp is currently full
  6. Prior to camp, the Camp Captains who are running the camp will send out an information pack to the child’s caregiver with more details about camp i.e. venue, gear list, dietary requirements etc. This will be sent via mail or via email
  7. Closer to the camp date, the Camp Captains will contact caregivers of participants to check their availability for camps again and answer any questions or concerns that they have

Children are required to meet at the designated meeting point at the time specified by camp captains

For any queries around Child Safeguarding, please contact:

Jennifer Lewis

ERMO Safeguarding Coordinator

+61 438 917 505 

Child Referrals