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. 

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.

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


  • 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 week long camps are run at the Edmund Rice Conference and Retreat Centre in Mulgoa (20 minutes past Penrith) during the NSW school holidays.

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

April Camps 2020

  • Sunday 19 - Friday 24 April 

July Camps 2020

  • Sunday 5 - Thursday 9 July
  • Sunday 12 – Thursday 16 July

Applications are currently closed

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.

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.


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