Welcome to Camp Memories
On this page you can get information about Camp Memories conducted by the Manning River Lions Club:
Camp Memories is an annual camp-out for children with special needs and their families. Manning River Lions Club sets up the camp and provides tents and mattresses for all campers. Campers only need to bring their own linen and pillows. The annual camp caters for over 30 families with around 120 people participating in two full days of fun and games. We are very grateful to the huge number of volunteers and organisations that contribute each year to making the camp truly memorable.
History of Camp Memories
Camp Memories began as a result of a public meeting in Taree in 2001 to gauge whether there was sufficient interest and support to develop a voluntary public outreach event that would cater for children with disabilities aged birth to 16, and their families, including able-bodied siblings.
The first Camp Memories was organised and conducted in 2001 by Kevin & May Sharp on their property at Pampoolah. Kevin & May Sharp continued Camp Memories for 11 years. The Manning River Lions Club is pleased to be carrying on the wonderful work of the Sharps and their willing band of helpers by co-ordinating Camp Memories from 2012. Our thanks go to Rod & Jill Illidge for making available their Tinonee property for Camp Memories.
Camp Memories has earned itself a wonderful reputation for bringing together children with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities and their families - and willing carers - in a fun-filled atmosphere. Families remain together, with parents staying onsite at all times.
Previous Camp Memories activities have included
- camel rides;
- art and craft;
- outdoor games;
- evening disco;
- music, movement and dance;
- sand art;
- baby animals;
- water slides and
- much much more.
All activities are accompanied by experienced team leaders and fully supervised.
Camp costs are kept low due to sponsorship and donations from many businesses and individuals in the community. Families pay an amount of $20 per family per day they attend.
The following is a facebook post from a family who attended Camp Memories in 2015 :
Camp Memories 2019
Camp Memories 2019 will be held from 8th - 10th November 2019. Applications open in August and can be obtained from the Camp Memories Director - see contact details below. Please note that available places are limited and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Applications are subject to acceptance by the Lions of Club of Manning River and we will advise the outcome of your application as soon as possible after being received.
For more information
Contact the Camp Memories Director, Peter Baker on (02) 6557 4463 or 0419 672 364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 22nd July 2019