"I'm not sure how they do it but he has come away with such a boost in his self-esteem and confidence. He struggles in those areas and it was lovely to see him smiling from ear to ear."
This information is intended for Welfare Agencies and Schools that wish to make referrals for clients or students to Edmund Rice Camps Victoria
programs. All children and families must be referred by an agency; please contact our office to discuss alternate options.
Places on our programs are open to children and families who are experiencing some form of disadvantage, marginalisation or adversity such as:
Social or economic disadvantage
Financial or emotional hardship
Social or geographical isolation
Young people who would not otherwise be able to access and enjoy such an experience
Through our supervision ratio of 1:1 volunteer leader to child, we aim to meet the varied needs of the young people in our care. We aim for the children on camp to leave with increased feelings of self-worth, resilience, and confidence. Activities on camp are designed to maximise this, as well as allow children new and varied experiences, opportunities for peer support, and lasting positive memories.
How to Refer to ERCvic
Step 1: join our mailing list
By joining our mailing list, you can ensure that current information including all application open and closing dates are sent straight to your inbox.
Step 2: keep an eye on upcoming programs
Our program scheduling often changes year to year, so make sure you're aware of the current calendar and upcoming programs. All application opening and closing dates will be advertised here (and sent directly to those on our mailing list).
step 3: Submit a referral form
We require a new application form for every program. We ask that you complete these forms fully and with as much detail as possible. Once a referral form has been submitted, we will be in contact to discuss your client's suitability and either accept or deny the referral.
Submit online or via email to:
Step 4: Confirmation of placement
Once we have received and approved your referral form we will confirm your clients placement on our program via email, and provide any relevant information for the program including what to bring and any other logistical information. We ask that you please pass this information onto your client to ensure they are prepared for their Eddie Rice Experience.
Step 5: Your client is on camp!
Your client is finally on camp! Please work with us to support your client on camp by ensuring the 24-hour phone number (as provided on our application form) is always available.
Places on camp will be allocated and prioritised on a needs basis, and we will consider each referral equally based on the number of places we have available. We often receive more referrals than places available on camp. It is therefore very important that referral forms contain an appropriate level of information to demonstrate the reasons for referral to a program.
Successful applicants will receive an invoice with their letter of acceptance. Invoices must be paid within 10 days to reserve the place on camp. Please Contact Us to discuss this further.
Our participant fees are heavily subsidised through fundraising, in-kind donations and volunteer support. The participant fee will go towards covering activity costs, accommodation and travel expenses and catering for the participant(s) over the course of the camp program.
Current fees are as follows:
Family Camp - $285 per family, plus $90 per family member over 3 years old.
Kids Camp - $285 per participant
Please note, should a participant cancel their place on camp with less than 4 business days notice, they will be charged 50% of the camp fee, to cover our administrative costs.
The referral agency needs to be prepared to ensure fees can be paid.