Summer Camps

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Camp Two cancelled due to Gippsland bushfire emergency

With much disappointment and sadness, Camp Cooinda has cancelled Camp Two this summer. While our main east Gippsland campsite is not directly affected, these fires will continue to burn for many weeks. The safety and welfare of our campers and leaders is paramount.  We also know that non-essential visitors in the region is not helpful for emergency services and affected communities.

We have been in touch with parents of all campers enrolled in this program (scheduled to run from 11 to 18 January 2020).  Arrangements for refunding camp fees are underway. Applications from campers enrolled in Camp Two 2020 will be prioritised next summer.

This is only the second time Camp Cooinda has cancelled a program in sixty years of operating camps on the Gippsland Lakes.  We thank everyone for their understanding and supportive messages.

Dates for Summer 2019 - 2020

Camp One Sunday 29 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020 

Camp Two Saturday 11 January 2020 to Saturday 18 January 2020 

Both our summer camps run for 8 days/7 nights and are for teenagers aged 12-18 years. The cost is $445 plus optional return bus travel for $75. Our costs are heavily subsidised to provide low cost camps with full catering for 8 days which includes the use of more than forty boats and overnight expedition campsite fees. For each camp, Camp Cooinda charters a bus to travel 300km between two pick up points in Melbourne and the campsite.

Apply for Summer Camps

Applications for summer are now open (from Sunday 13th October) and close when each camp reaches the maximum number set to maintain the quality of our program. Hit our Summer Camps Application page (or the application page for 18 year-old campers).

To learn more about camp you can download the summer brochure and read a more detailed description of Risks and Safety at Camp Cooinda (PDF) so that you can make an informed decision about applying for enrolment. The document Is Cooinda right for you? will also help you decide whether the Cooinda program is right for you or someone you know.