The nature of an international teen adventure or travel raises many questions for both participants and parents. Lots of answers are provided below, however, should you have more questions, please contact us via the form to the right of the page, or feel free to email direct.
I want to fly from an airport not listed on your rates page. Is this possible?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Yes, this is possible. You may be able to fly as an unaccompanied minor to one of our major departure airports where we will pick
View from aircraft on your way to international teen adventure
you up from. Alternatively, if there are 5 of more of you, please contact Aussie Summer Camps directly and we may be able to arrange personal pick up point.
I canâ€™t swim. Will I still be able to participate?
Aussie Summer Camps says: We will do everything we can to ensure you experience each activity to your full potential. Aussie Summer Camps will provide flotation devices for leisure water activity time, snorkelling, and kayaking. Surfing may be reduced to body boarding until you gain confidence in the water, and we can provide flotation vests for this too. Scuba will not be available for campers who can not swim.
My family have frequent flyer points available to pay for the airfare. Can I use these instead of paying for the inclusive airfare?
Aussie Summer Camps says: You will need to contact us directly if you wish to travel this way. A discount can be provided if you make your own travel arrangements, however, Aussie Summer Camps will not be able to escort you, and you will have to fly as an unaccompanied minor. You will need to check with individual airlines for their policy regarding this.
What ages are suitable for these trips?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Our international teen adventures are open to boys and girls aged 12-16 years. The minimum age requirement is not negotiable due to large amount of international travel, and distance from home. 17 year olds may be considered for leadership roles if they have proven experience. Please contact the camp director independently if this is the case.
Are these traditional style camps?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Yes and No. While we do all kinds of camping kinds of activities like hiking, kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, and more we stay predominantly in a holiday resort. Many of our dinners are eaten at camp in a family style environment, but many are also in sit-down restaurants where campers will have the independence to order individually and responsibly. We also do some travelling toward the end of camp, so will be staying in a different location each night.
Is this a rugged wilderness adventure?
Aussie Summer Camps says: No. We do spend a couple of nights throughout the trip in tents with limited facilities, but it is only ever one night at a time, followed Hiking/ Enjoying the Outdoorsby hearty meals and comfortable accommodation the next night. All activities are geared to be safe and enjoyable for all skill levels. Adventure activities are chosen with safety in mind. We use activity providers that also cater to family groups and independent travellers at other times, so they are mostly ‘vacation’ style.
Are these camps or sightseeing tours?
Aussie Summer Camps says: To make the most of the long haul flight to Australia, it’s a combination. We combine travel with camp kinds of activities. Keeping in mind that our participants are kids, the sightseeing is limited to really exciting stuff like wildlife- Kangaroos, Koalas etc, Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, and some play on beautiful beaches. Really, the whole camp is a sightseeing adventure!
How many teens go on each trip?
Aussie Summer Camps says: maximum campers per session is 40. The minimum number we can run a session with is 10.
Will my teen fit in?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Because our philosophy is centred upon ‘Growing Global Citizens’ our standards of conduct policy agreed to by all participants does not allow bullying or deliberate exclusion. Teens join us from around the world, many not knowing another sole when they arrive at the airport for the trip. We do our best to see that all teens enjoy this experience and that means working with the group to see that each and every kid feels comfortable and welcomed. If your child is attending with a sibling or friend, it will be up to you whether you wish to have them share a cabin or not. Due to our small numbers, we can work with parents prior to departure to ensure we have an action plan in place for any kids that may be extremely shy or need some additional TLC. An international teen adventure will make an amazing change in social well being for these types of personalities.
Does this mean that this trip is for everyone?
Aussie Summer Camps says: No it’s not. If your teen is extremely nervous about being outdoors, or doesn’t like even a modest amount of physical exertion, or if they must know ahead of time what’s happening every minute of the day, every day of the trip then this isn’t the right experience for them. Aussie Summer Camps is about being a part of new experiences, immersing in an international environment, and gaining a ‘worldly’ perspective. We do this in a safe and sheltered way to build confidence, but it is still a long way from home, and lots of new and challenging experiences.
Whatâ€™s on the menu?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Similar to a residential summer camp, many meals are served family style in our communal dining area. No one is forced to eat Local fresh produceanything they don’t like, and there is plenty of fresh fruit available for fussy eaters. Meals will incorporate some national dishes from the many cultures that participate in Aussie Summer Camps. This may include anything from hamburger night, to lasagne, or curry. We also have lots of traditional Aussie BBQ’s. Breakfasts at camp are continental breakfasts that our campers will assist in preparing. Lunch will mostly be picnic style and include sandwiches, trail mix, fruit, and cookies. The meals that we eat at restaurants, campers will be able to select from the menu with a few limitations (There will be a budget for them to adhere to, and they can choose how they may wish to spend it. Caffeinated and overly sugary drinks will also be restricted especially in the evenings). Leaders can help campers make good food choices if they need it or if a parent requests special attention.
I have dietary requirements. Can you accommodate me?
Aussie Summer Camps says: We can accommodate most dietary requirements with a medical certificate stating these needs. Aussie Summer Camps will do our best to ensure your meals are as inclusive as possible. Please enquire directly with your particular requirements.
Whatâ€™s the lodging like?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Our base for the most part of the trip is a very comfortable and modern holiday facility. Cabins are 2 to 3 bedrooms with a private bathroom and small kitchenette that participants will be allowed to keep bottled water and fruit for snacks in. Camp leaders will positioned appropriately
Camper accomodation on Aussie Summer Camps international teen adventure (according to gender) throughout the cabins. Campers will be divided according to gender and approximate age. The facility has a large sports field for games, a small pool for recreation (securely fenced and only available when supervised) and lots of area for exploration. For the travelling portion of the trip we choose comfortable middle-of-the-line motels. In other words, rooms are reasonably sized, clean, with ensuite bathrooms. They are not luxurious, but very adequate. Rooms will usually have 2-4 campers sharing the space. Each camper will have their own bed. Some rooms (especially of the younger campers) will have one of the adult leaders in it serving as camp leader. Some campers will have a room without an adult.
Whatâ€™s your staff-to-participant ratio?
Aussie Summer Camps says: We generally have one adult leader for every five to six campers. All Camp Leaders are required by Australian Law to have passed a government working with children check. Most Leaders will be in the midst of or have completed some tertiary study relevant to youth work, outdoor education, health or environmental studies.
How far ahead do I need to book?
Aussie Summer Camps says: There are discounts available for bookings fully paid for by the end of March each year. We accept bookings until the end of May. After this time, you may contact us to request a booking, however higher fees may be charged due to the short time frame to purchase an airfare. Bookings open in September for the following year.
Do you offer more than one trip each summer?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Not at the moment. We would like to offer 2 or 3 sessions in the near future. Keep an eye on our website for details.
Where do the great photos on your site come from?
Aussie Summer Camps says: The photos you see here are a mix of some of our personal photos, some from group camps, and some courtesy of Tourism Australia. Note that we do not publish or use photographs of participants unless we receive written permission.
How do parents know where we are and what weâ€™re doing?
Aussie Summer Camps says: Parents will have our itinerary ahead of the trip. Campers are also welcome to bring cell phones though their use is limited to certain times of the day such as early morning or in the evening after we’ve finished our activities. Please refer to our cell phone/ social media policy for further information. We post a blog late each evening and campers are also responsible for our social media updates. Parents will always be able to contact the Camp Director and/or leaders via a direct line for emergency use.
How do your fees compare to other camps?
Aussie Summer Camps says: We of course are in the higher price bracket, given the location and included activities. However, once you consider that the international airfares are included, along with all activities and lodging in fact, our trips are usually comparative to most of the well-known and popular private summer camps. And when you keep in mind that we’re staying in motels, eating in restaurants, and using reputable and world class activity providers it is actually very reasonable.
Is Aussie Summer Camps associated with a school, church, or other organization?
Aussie Summer Camps says: We are completely independent and ‘not‘ associated with any organization.In fact, our philosophy of ‘Growing Global Citizens’ especially focuses on diversity in all walks of life. We have values of mutual respect for all, kindness and selflessness. Understanding, and a willingness to appreciate other beliefs is essential.