Edmund Rice Camps NSW delivers over 9 camps per year where children from the local community are referred by organisations to engage in a week of pure joy with us. Volunteers are recruited from a variety of schools and universities to be mentors and role models, supporting the children to engage in activities and develop greater social skills. Camps are 5 days long and include all training and orientation as well as a variety of games and team building activities.

Edmund Rice Camps NSW run recreational, group-based camp programs for disadvantaged children, aged 5 – 15 years old. Many of our children are living in out-of-home care including foster care placements and kinship with grandparents. We also have children who come from families struggling financially, parents with drug and alcohol problems and children who have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse in their lives. We often also have indigenous and refugee or migrant children. 

Our camps operate on a 1:1 ratio of volunteers to children. Our volunteers come from a wide variety of different places, and for different purposes. We have many university age students coming on board as they are genuinely interested in our camp programs, and some to complete university volunteer hours. Many high school age volunteers enquire every year, wishing to complete camp as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Residential project. Additionally we have a lot of volunteers who come back every year, and they are the amazing people who make our programs possible.

Visit the Edmund Rice Camps website

The Role

The role of a Volunteer Leader on an Edmund Rice Camp is varied and challenging and differs from camp to camp, however the following will act as a guide.

  • Provide active supervision for the participants.
  • Assist in the provision of activities to participants (i.e. games, crafts, sport etc.).
  • Act as a positive role model for the participants and other Volunteer Leaders.
  • Follow directions of Team Leaders and Facilitator.
  • Follow policy and practice of ERC NSW as explained in training and briefings.
  • Treat each individual with dignity, sensitivity and respect and develop the self-esteem of all on camp.

Essentially, most of your time will be spent supporting the children to positively engage in the games, activities and excursions which are planned and run by our experienced team. You will also be asked to help with the day-to-day running of a camp which includes helping prepare or clean up from meals (not cook), managing our resources, cleaning the children’s laundry and more.


  • A valid NSW Working With Children Check (Volunteer or Paid)
  • Attend a 4.5 hour Child Protection & Orientation Training provided by Edmund Rice Camps NSW
  • A $100 donation to help cover the costs of your accommodation and food for the week at camp (Please note: if any students are facing financial difficulty, we are happy to discuss this donation. We will not allow it to be a barrier to people volunteering on our programs).

When and Where

All camps are run at the Edmund Rice Conference and Retreat Centre in Mulgoa (20 minutes past Penrith).

Camps run from 11:30am Sunday - 7pm Friday and require all volunteers to stay overnight.

All week-long camps are held during the NSW school holidays.

The dates for the next 12 months of camps are noted below:

October Camp 2019

  • Sunday 6 October – Friday 11 October

January Camps 2020

  • 2 CAMPS: Sunday 5 – Friday 10 January
  • 2 CAMPS: Sunday 12 – Friday 17 January
  • Sunday 19 – Friday 24 January

April Camps 2020

  • Sunday 19 April – Friday 24 April


There are 1 – 4 placements available per camp.

If you apply for a camp and are placed on a waiting list, you will be prioritised for placement for the next program.

Head to the Edmund Rice Camps website to learn more about volunteering.

To apply, contact Emily Banks (Programs Officer) to request an interview: ebanks@edmundrice.org

Interviews must be held prior to our New Volunteer Training Days.

Apply for a Working With Children Check

Apply for the camp you are hoping to attend via the blog on our website.

Attend our New Volunteer Training Day. Training is usually held 3 – 4 weeks prior to camp (often on a Saturday in Balmain).

Be offered a placement, confirm your spot & pack your bags! Volunteer placements are usually confirmed 2 – 4 weeks prior to camp.


Emily Banks (Programs Officer)
0439 900 832
02 9556 7023

ACU Policy & Procedure

ACU Policies and Procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read and familiarise yourself with ACU policies and procedures prior to commencement.

Read policies & procedures

Your community engagement questions answered

ACU Engagement have developed an information hub to answer your frequently asked questions and help you get the most out of your community engagement opportunity.

View the hub

Have a question?


We're available 9am–5pm AEDT,
Monday to Friday

Live chat with us now

Chat to our team for real-time
answers to your questions.

Launch live chat
Visit our FAQs page

Find answers to some commonly
asked questions.

See our FAQs