Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the camp for?

Spectrum Adventures Camps are designed for families with autistic or children with ADHD and are for the entire family to attend together and to participate in activities as a family unit.

The majority of the camp activities are for children aged 5 years to 18 years, however, some camps have activities suitable for younger children and there may be some activities organised for just the older participates (e.g., an activity for teenagers).

Children younger than 4 years are welcome to attend camp, but may not be able to participate in all of the activities due to the complexity of the activities. If you have younger children, please ensure that you bring along another parent or adult family members that will be able to attend the activities with your older children.

Our younger children will be delighted with the regulation/sensory room on offer and we always offer art and craft, fine and gross motor activities, puzzles and games.

How long will camp run for?

Tangalooma and Thunderbird Camps run for 3 nights and two full days, from Friday 5pm to Monday morning.

Noosa will run for 2 nights and 1.5 days, from Friday night to Sunday mid afternoon.

Will you provide supervision for my children?

Whilst we will provide additional staff to support the running of the camp, children will remain under the care and supervision of their parents. There will be a designated time during dinner where our camp staff will supervise children in the sensory/regulation area, which will allow parents the opportunity to socialise.

If you are attending with multiple children and your children have high support needs (e.g., needing 1 on 1 support), please consider bringing along an adult for each child, such as both parents, an aunt, uncle, grandparent or support worker.

Do my children need to be competent swimmers?

For those with children that do not swim well, please bring along any floatation vests that you would normally use.

Parents will be required to be in the pool with their children that are not competent swimmers to ensure that they are actively supervised and supported. Parents will need to supervise their children when their children are in the water.

What activities will be provided?

For a list of activities, please check the Camp Information pdf listed under each camp, as the activities vary from camp to camp.

We will have a range of activities across the camps, including dolphin feeding, sand tobogganing and fish feeding at Tangalooma,

Treetop Challenge, laser skirmish and thunder egg fossicking at Thunderbird Park.

Canoeing, laser skirmish and low and high ropes at Noosa.

What type of accommodation is on offer and what will it cost?

All camp families will have their own private rooms to stay in. Our accommodation options do vary, from hotel room style accommodation (the entire family accommodated in one room) to multiple room apartments for larger families.  All of the different accommodation options and pricing is available on the Accommodation Options pdf.

Pricing varies depending on the number of family members attending and which accommodation options you select.

Can I bring more than one autistic child?

Of course! We welcome the entire family. The pricing does not change if you have multiple participants and would like to use funding from each of their plans – splitting the cost between plans can make it easier for some families.

We do ask that if you have a number of children with high support needs, that you bring sufficient adults to be able to support each of your children.

Will food be provided?

Absolutely! We acknowledge that spending time as a family participating in activities can be tiring, so we will provide all of the food. We will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as morning and afternoon tea. Most of our meals will be buffet style, with a few different variations per meal (e.g., pizza night or a BBQ dinner night). As the meals are provided buffet style, there is some flexibility around when you attend for the meals.

We understand that many adults and children may have limited diets or food intolerance’s/allergies. Provided that you let us know at registration, we aim to cater for any intolerances or dietary requirements. For children and adults with sensory challenges around food, we can provide alternative meals, such as chicken nuggets & chips, or a spaghetti bolognaise. We will ask for you to provide information regarding choices in your camp booking forms.

There will also be a fridge in each cabin for you to bring any additional food and many of our accommodation options feature either a full or a basic kitchen.

What happens if my child or I become overwhelmed?

We all understand that children, and adults alike, can become overwhelmed. If you or your child need a break from activities, that’s absolutely okay.

Our calming room will be open throughout the day. We also have  quieter activities available, such as art and craft activities, movies, play doh and card games for those that need some quiet time or time away from activities.

What should I pack/bring?

We recommend bringing enough clothing for 3 nights and 2 days, plus a few spare changes of clothes, in case of wet/muddy weather or they become unclean from an activity. Toiletries, medication, closed in shoes and any personal emotional regulation tools you require.

Tangalooma and Noosa camps will have wet weather activities, so swimmers and goggles and towels are needed.

We will provide a full list of what to pack in your registration forms.

Covid Safe Plan

We operate under a Covid Safe Plan. In line with current Queensland Health requirements, all of our staff are fully vaccinated.  We will be requiring all participants aged 16 years and older to be vaccinated, unless they have a medical exemption.

Handwash stations are provided, and we encourage you all to bring your own individual water bottles to top up and prevent the spread of germs.

NDIS payments

At this stage, we can only accept registrations from self-managed or plan managed NDIS participants. Our camp is pre-paid in advance due to demand.

In accordance with NDIS guidelines, we cannot charge for food and accommodation, which the $300 non-NDIS claimable amount covers. This must be paid from non-NDIS funds.

NDIS participants can claim the rest of the cost of the camp from the following categories:

Community and social activity costs (Core: 04_210_0125_6_1)
This support is included in a participant’s plan to enable them to pursue recreational activities and engage in the community when associated with a participant’s disability and goals. Participants may use this funding for activities such as camps, vacation and outside school hours’ care, course or membership fees.

Community participation activity (Capacity Building: 09_011_0125_6_3)
Participation in community based activities that build skills and independence.

Innovative Community Participation (Capacity Building: 09_008_0116_6_3)
This support item is designed to enable providers to offer new and innovative services to participant and is for mainstream providers who want to enable participants to access mainstream activities.

If your family has more than one NDIS participant, the costs may be split between each of their plans. Please specify this on your registration form.

Please check that you have the funding in the right categories.

Core funding is flexible, so provided you have sufficient funding within Core, you will be able to claim the cost of this camp.

Can I use CB Daily Living to pay for the camp?

Unfortunately, no. If you do not have any of the above funding categories available, we can provide you with a quote for the camp to take to NDIS to request funding at your next review. We cannot use funds out of CB Daily Living.

What is your cancellation policy?

Spectrum Adventures understands that sometimes family circumstances can change quite suddenly. If your family needs to cancel attending the camp and we have another family on the waiting list that can take their place, we will endeavour to fill your position with another family.

Cancellation must be given in writing. Should your family not be able to attend the camp, provided that notice is provided in writing more than 30 days before the start of the camp, the deposit will be refunded.

If less than 30 days before the start of the camp, the deposit will be forfeited.

If less than 10 working days’ notice is provided and we are not able to fill your position with another family, the participant agrees to pay for the full cost of the camp. This is because we will have already been charged by our venue and ordered provisions for your family for the camp.