Currently our retreats/camps are held at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. It is located on the shores of Lake Macquarie, 40 minutes south of Newcastle and 90 minutes north of Sydney.
For more information regarding the location visit: http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/myunabay/accom.asp
Families stay in a group lodge with private bedrooms, a common room and kitchen. The common room has TV’s and a DVD player. The kitchen has tea and coffee facilities, refrigeration and a microwave. Laundry facilities are also available within the lodge.
The private bedrooms are either 2 single beds with en suite with disabled access or oversize single bunk beds (4 people per room) with en suite. Rooms will be allocated to best support the mix of families attending camp. All bedrooms have fans, with air conditioning in the main common room.
Additional supplies such as tea, coffee, laundry detergent and pegs will be supplied by SNUG. The SNUG program aims to provide additional requirements such as appropriate seating, lifters etc. as identified by families. This will depend upon availability.
The camp is fully catered with meals. Additional and or/special dietary requirements can be catered for with sufficient notice.
Things to bring
- Pillow slip, sheets and sleeping bag/doona (pillows are provided)
- Towels (beach and bath)
- Covered shoes for activities plus extra pair for water activities
- Appropriate clothing, sun hat
- Sunscreen, torch
- Toiletries and Medication (locked medicine storage available at camp)
- Documentation which may include medicare card, health insurance details and referrals
Each camp is designed to cater for abilities of the group attending. Below is an example of a camp timetable.
8pm lights out: Children are asked to be in their rooms by 8pm each night. If they are not ready to sleep, reading a book or a hand held game/dvd player bought from home is a good idea.
Family Free time: An opportunity for families to spend time together. There are a number of activities families can choose to do. SNUG provide equipment at the lodge and families are able to stay at the lodge and complete activities including craft, games or sport or families can choose to participate in activities offered around the site for example swimming, mini golf or volleyball.
Recreation Officer: Depending on the individual age and abilities of the group, we participate in a range of activities including canoeing, archery, rock climbing or ropes course.
Adult workshops: In a relaxed environment, information and knowledge about services and supports available are shared.
Music, Art and Massage Therapy programs: A Music and Art Therapist come to camp for family and whole group sessions. This is a time to be creative as a family and have lots of fun. A massage therapist also attends camp for parents to enjoy a massage. Children with special needs are also able to receive a massage. Parents are able to observe the massage and gain tips and understanding for helping their child.
Sensory Play: Time to play with slime, goop, play dough and water.
Parent pampering: A time for parents to be indulged. Massages, foot spas and lots of relaxation involved.
Family Bush Dance: This is a highlight of the camp! A family bush band come to entertain and everybody joins in the dancing and fun.
Ice Skating: We travel to Warner’s Bay for Ice Skating. Whether you use a frame, wheelchair, stroller or just a pair of skates, everybody is encouraged to come on the ice.