CampMDA a special place where members of the MD Community come together to have fun, to build friendships and it’s a place where the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the MD Community come to fruition.

 

Started in 1989, National CampMDA is MDA’s flagship respite program, which has been providing an opportunity for individuals with muscular dystrophy to enjoy a week away from home, as well as their family and primary carers to enjoy some much needed respite, for over 25 years.

Since the first CampMDA at Garfield in September of 1989, MDA has held 104 camps, equating to more than 221,000 camp hours, 555,152 respite hours to families and primary cares and 10,496 hours of training and education to Occupational Therapy students who attend CampMDA as placements.

MDA holds four camps a year and many people in the MD community rely on these camps, as they offer an opportunity for individuals with MD to be provided 120 hours of continuous care while the families and primary carers have a break as their loved ones are looked after in a safe and secure environment.

Activities provided at CampMDA are planned and resourced to ensure that each camper undertakes activities within the realm of their ability, with activity outcomes contributing to positive self-esteem and of course, having fun! Activities include

  • Art and crafts
  • Defence Force
  • Vicotria Police Air Wing
  • Victoria Police Dog Squad
  • Party themed nights
  • Petting Zoo
  • Trivia Nights
  • Karaoke
  • Laser Tag
  • Obstacle Coursers
  • Board games
  • Sport

CampMDA accepts people of all ages, with our youngest camper being five and our oldest 65. Activities are planned and executed to ensure people of all ages enjoy their entire time at CampMDA.

Above all, MDA prides itself on providing those living with a neuromuscular disorder a chance to have a fun and relaxing week away from home with 24/7 care, whilst their loved ones and primary carers enjoy much needed rest, respite and relaxation.


A history of CampMDA in chronological order

  1. 1989 – September – Garfield
  2. 1990 – January – Kangaroobie
  3. 1990 – October – Garfield
  4. 1991 – April – Eildon
  5. 1991 – September – Puckapunyal Military Base
  6. 1992 – January – Kangaroobie
  7. 1992 – July – Licola
  8. 1992 – September – Campaspe
  9. 1993 – April – Cave Hill Creek
  10. 1993 – July – Coonawarra
  11. 1993 – September – Campaspe Downs
  12. 1993 – October – Phillip Island
  13. 1994 – April – Kangaroobie
  14. 1994 – June – Licola
  15. 1994 – September – Puckapunyal Military Base
  16. 1995 – January – Tasmania
  17. 1995 – January – Coonawarra
  18. 1995 – April – Sunnystones Bacchus Marsh
  19. 1995 – June – Campaspe Downs
  20. 1995 – September – Puckapunyal Military Base
  21. 1995 – October – Phillip Island
  22. 1996 – January – Derby Hill Maldon
  23. 1996 – January – Tasmania
  24. 1996 – April – Cave Hill Creek
  25. 1996 – July – Campaspe Downs
  26. 1996 – September – Puckapunyal Military Base
  27. 1997 – January – Kangaroobie
  28. 1997 – April – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  29. 1997 – July – Campaspe Downs
  30. 1997 – September – Campaspe Downs
  31. 1998 – January – Coonawarra Farm Resort
  32. 1998 – April – Sunnystones, Bacchus Marsh
  33. 1998 – July – Rutherford Park
  34. 1998 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  35. 1999 – January – Coonawarra Farm Resort
  36. 1999 – April – Derby Hill Maldon
  37. 1999 – July – Sunnystones Bacchus Marsh
  38. 1999 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  39. 2000 – January – Coonawarra Farm Resort
  40. 2000 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  41. 2000 – July – Sunnystones, Bacchus Marsh
  42. 2000 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  43. 2001 – January – Phillip Island
  44. 2001 – April – Derby Hill Maldon
  45. 2001 – July – Rutherford Park
  46. 2001 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  47. 2002 – January – Phillip Island
  48. 2002 – April – Derby Hill Maldon
  49. 2002 – July – Sunnystones, Bacchus Marsh
  50. 2002 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  51. 2003 – January – Phillip Island
  52. 2003 – April – Travelodge, Melbourne
  53. 2003 – July – Travelodge, Melbourne
  54. 2003 – September – Lady Northcote
  55. 2004 – January – Coonawarra Farm Resort
  56. 2004 – April –River Village Motel and Holiday Units, Echuca
  57. 2004 – July – Travelodge, Melbourne
  58. 2004 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  59. 2005 – January – Urban Camp, Parkville
  60. 2005 – April – Derby Hill Maldon
  61. 2005 – July – River Village Motel and Holiday Units, Echuca
  62. 2005 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  63. 2006 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  64. 2006 – June – Derby Hill Maldon
  65. 2006 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  66. 2007 – January – Urban Camp, Parkville
  67. 2007 – April – Derby Hill, Maldon
  68. 2007­­ – July – River Village Motel and Holiday Units, Echuca
  69. 2007 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  70. 2008 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  71. 2008 – March – Derby Hill, Maldon
  72. 2008 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  73. 2009 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  74. 2009 – April – Derby Hill, Maldon
  75. 2009 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  76. 2010 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  77. 2010 – April – Derby Hill, Maldon
  78. 2010 – July – Urban Camp, Parkville
  79. 2010 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  80. 2011 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  81. 2011 – April – Camp Derby Hill, Maldon
  82. 2011 – July – Camp Sunnystones, Bacchus Marsh
  83. 2011 – October – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  84. 2012 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  85. 2012 – April – Derby Hill, Maldon
  86. 2012 – July – Urban Camp, Parkville
  87. 2012 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  88. 2013 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  89. 2013 – April – Derby Hill, Maldon
  90. 2013 – July – Wheelies Rest Axe Creek
  91. 2013 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  92. 2014 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  93. 2014 – April – Derby Hill Maldon
  94. 2014 – July – Wheelies Rest Axe Creek
  95. 2014 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  96. 2015 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  97. 2015 – April – Derby Hill Maldon
  98. 2015 – July – Wheelies Rest Axe Creek
  99. 2015 –
  100. 2015 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh
  101. 2016 – January – Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza
  102. 2016 – April – Derby Hill Maldon
  103. 2016 – July – Wheelies Rest Axe Creek
  104. 2016 – September – Lady Northcote, Bacchus Marsh