FAQ’s

How do we apply?

First-time families need to click on the APPLY NOW button on the website and go through the process of completing the application. The application will take about 20 mins, however, once you have completed it all future applications are a simple update to your account.

For past Campers who have completed an application online previously:

  • Simply click on Family Login which will direct you to log into your family dashboard (email and password).
  • Once in click on Camper application (Tree Icon).
  • Choose your camper you wish to apply for.
  • Update and submit an application.
How much does camp cost?

Prices vary by camp due to the different activities on offer. Please click on the program you are interested on below for more information.

MANLY CAMP

MELBOURNE CAMP

TEEN CAMP

OVERNIGHT CAMP

We are approved as a Child Care Service Provider with the Australian Government, and therefore eligible families can claim the application fees under the Child Care Subsidy system via Centrelink.

What hours does camp operate?

Our day camps (Manly, Melbourne) operate from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). The first activity of the day starts at 9:30am.

Drop off and pick up times for our Overnight and Teen camps can vary based on the program.

Can my child stay longer hours?

Facilities are available for your child to arrive at 8:00am and stay until 6:00pm. There is an additional fee of $7 per day for this service. Please indicate this requirement on your application form.

What is the Cancellation/Refund policy?

Fees will only be refunded if we receive a written cancellation prior to 10 working days from the start date of camp.

An administration fee of $60 per child will apply for any cancellation made. If your cancellation is before the aforementioned 10-day period, you will receive a full refund minus the $60 administrative cancellation fee. If your cancellation is within this 10-day period, no refund will be given.

In the case of extreme injury or illness, 48 hours’ notice needs to be provided before the first day of camp and must be accompanied by a medical certificate. If neither of these terms are met and you would still like to cancel, no refund will be given.

There is no refund of fees paid for days campers are absent.​

What is Camp Blue's governance and service approval?

Camp Blue is an approved child care service with the Australian Government.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is our regulatory authority, and our service approval is guided by the National Quality Framework.

Our program is underpinned by the principles and outcomes of the My Time Our Place (MTOP) Framework for School Age Care in Australia.

All operational policies and procedures are developed in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Laws and Regulations:

Children (Education and Care Services) National Law (NSW)
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (VIC)

Education and Care Services National Regulations (NSW)
Children’s Services Regulations (VIC)

What happens if my child is sick or injured at camp?

All our staff are First Aid and CPR certified. If your child receives First Aid treatment during the day you will be notified by phone or email. If your child is sick or is in need of a doctor you will be notified to arrange collection as soon as possible.

What happens if it rains?

We have indoor facilities that every program can operate from if it does rain, so your child will still get the same great camp experience no matter what the weather brings.

Can my child attend camp if they are not a student from the school where Camp Blue is operating?

Yes – you don’t need to be a student or affiliated with the school to be a camper.

Will my child be OK at camp if they don't know anyone else?

Yes! To us camp is not only about learning and having fun, but also making new friends. Our background is from USA camps where many children come to camp not knowing anyone. We place emphasis on all campers mingling and getting to know their fellow campers, and will do many activities throughout the week so your child can make new friends at camp.

What is the staff to camper ratio?

Our overall staff to child ratio is 1:8, so each child will receive the individual attention they need to connect with their peers, learn skills and generally feel supported.

Our staff undergo extensive training prior to camp, and are hired due to their amazing personalities combined with a genuine love of children and teaching. You can’t beat our staff – they rock!

What should my child bring to camp?

Your child should dress appropriately for the activities they will be doing and the weather on the day. They will need to bring morning tea every day and lunch for Monday – Thursday. Afternoon tea is provided each day along with a BBQ lunch on Fridays. Depending on your child’s activity preferences and assignments, they may require their own activity-specific equipment (e.g. swimmers and a towel for water activities; camera for Photography, etc.).

Can my child bring their electronics and/or mobile phone to camp?

Camp Blue is “Unplugged” – meaning we want campers to turn off from the day to day technology that is so readily available, and connect with the outside and the people around them. Electrical devices aren’t permitted at Camp Blue and will be held in the office if they are brought to camp. If children need to bring a mobile phone to and from camp, they may hand them into the office when they arrive and collect at the end of the day.

What is the Little Blue Program?

This is the special program we run just for Kindergarten (NSW) and Prep (VIC) children. The activity schedule is pre-programmed for all Little Blue campers to do together, providing them consistency, enhancing their development of strong social connections and to expose them to a wide variety of what Camp has to offer.

I have a question that is not listed – where can I get an answer?

If you were unable to find the answer you were looking for, please email us or call our office on 02 9400 9413