Camps

CAMPS

I CAN Camps are for teenagers and young adults who want to empower themselves to say ‘I CAN’ and develop a social network of other young people on the spectrum.

“Before I came to this network I felt like a social nobody. Now I feel like a somebody.”

“My friends have been using ‘Autism’ as an insult in their home. After camp I felt I had the confidence to tell them about my Asperger’s and my experience of Autism.”

“Next September I’ll be 18 and I want to come back to camp as a Facilitator.”

The I CAN Network runs camps for young people on the Autism Spectrum. I CAN offers three types of camps:

  • Teens camp for young people in Years 7-9 at school or if not attending school are the equivalent age (approximately 12-15 yrs).
  • Young Adults camp for young people in Years 10-12 at school or if not attending school are the equivalent age (approximately 16-19 yrs).
  • South West Camp for young people in Years 7-12 at school or if not attending school are the equivalent age (approximately 12-19 yrs). This camp is located in Warrnambool, in south west Victoria.

All are three day residential camps. Personal development is a big focus of our camps, and we spend the three days building the social network of young people on the Autism Spectrum, developing leadership skills and empowering them with an ‘I CAN’ attitude.

Participants can take part in workshops that suit their skills and interests, on topics as diverse as writing, drawing, painting, music, construction and performance arts. At the camps we run activities such as rock climbing, archery, team exercises and horsemanship. Another of our teen camps’ main attractions is the ‘Dress to Obsess’ dance, where participants can dress up as their special interest and hit the dance floor loud and proud.

Our Teens and Young Adults camp venue is the Doxa campsite near Malmsbury in the leafy wilderness north of Melbourne. The site offers a fantastic setting, accommodation, catering and outdoor activities. You can read more about it here.

The South West Teens camp venue is the Kangaroobie camp on the Great Ocean Road in Princetown. It’s in a beautiful environment and offers great accommodation, catering and activities. You can read more about Kangaroobie here.

Download our brochure to learn more about our camps.

UPCOMING CAMPS 

I CAN Network camps have concluded for 2017. We are in the process of planning dates for 2018, so please check back regularly. If you have questions concerning our camps, please email our Camps Coordinator.

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