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ERCS South Australia

At Edmund Rice Community Services (ERCS) SA we believe that every child deserves a happy, and safe childhood. With over 30 years of experience in delivering programs, activities and camps in South Australia that cater to the needs of children, we are confident our flagship initiatives offer targeted support for the various phases of childhood development.

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South Australia Programs

While our responses to community needs are diverse, what they have in common is their grounding in our four values. They drive us and guide us. These values guide the planning, facilitation, and evaluation of every ERCS SA Program.

Our camps provide both single-day and multi-day experiences through our age-specific GROW, REACH, and LEAD programs. Additionally, our Eddie Explorer activities ensure consistent local engagement, offering new experiences each month. Our Head to Heart programs lay a strong foundation for primary school children, while also providing unique leadership opportunities for senior school students.

REACH (Suitable for children aged 7-10)

Imagine experiencing daily, personalised support focused on your goals, enjoyment, and expanding your horizons. What could change for you?

In this 4-day program, each participant is paired with dedicated volunteer mentors, engaging in a variety of games and team-building activities. This 1:1 mentorship is further enhanced by the support of our leadership team, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience.

GROW (Suitable for children aged 11-13)

Our 4-day camp for young people provides opportunities to embrace new challenges and explore diverse perspectives. 

While our participants are having a great time, our activities and approach are thoughtfully designed to promote their growth and development. 

Our 1:1 participant-to-volunteer ratio is bolstered by a dedicated leadership team, ensuring comprehensive support and guidance.

LEAD (Suitable for teens aged 13-16)

Our 3-day camp for teens offers vital support to young people facing social and economic challenges. Through meaningful engagement with mentors, campers experience a sense of belonging, develop leadership skills, enhance their self-determination, and set aspirational goals for their future.

Instead of pairing teens with a single buddy, we promote an organic approach to peer-mentoring. This allows participants to naturally connect with others who share their interests, fostering more genuine and impactful relationships.

Eddie Explorers program

Our Eddie’s Explorers program brings the excitement and camaraderie of our favourite camp activities to a regular day-activity format. Each month, groups of five participants are paired with six volunteer leaders to enjoy a fun-filled activity day. These teams are supported in trying new experiences, building relationships, and having a great time.

Designed to help mitigate the effects of social isolation and loneliness that many children experience, the Explorers program offers a blend of adventure and mentoring. This regular, intensive program provides children with opportunities to reconnect with friends, build rapport with leaders, and explore activities within their local community.

Head 2 Heart

Our Head to Heart program, available to partnering schools, offers a fee-for-service training designed for students eager to gain hands-on experience in Social Justice.

This classroom-based training covers foundational concepts in safeguarding, youth work, trauma-informed care, and leadership. Following the training sessions, students apply their newly acquired skills by hosting and facilitating an activity day for participants from our camps.

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GROW Camp

A camp where personal growth and development is seamlessly blended with fun activities.

Eddie Explorers Day

Fun multi-day program in a one-day format. Pairing groups of 5 participants with 7 volunteer leaders, the teams enjoy an activity day where they are supported to try new experiences, […]

Eddie Explorers Day

Fun multi-day programs in a one-day format. Pairing groups of 5 participants with 7 volunteer leaders, the teams enjoy an activity day where they are supported to try new experiences, […]

Eddie Explorers Day

Fun multi-day programs in a one-day format. Pairing groups of 5 participants with 7 volunteer leaders, the teams enjoy an activity day where they are supported to try new experiences, […]

Eddie Explorers Day

Fun multi-day programs in a one-day format. Pairing groups of 5 participants with 7 volunteer leaders, the teams enjoy an activity day where they are supported to try new experiences, […]

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Our South Australia Partners

Meet the SA Team

How can we help?

SA State Lead

Daniel Gobbett
ercsamanager@edmundrice.org
0407 602 723

Team Leader

Caitlin Brown
cbrown@edmundrice.org
0427 920 494

(08) 8364 8227

ercsa@edmundrice.org

For general enquiries get in touch with our team below!