About Us
People Outdoors - "Adventure for All"

Outdoor Experiences for People Living with Disability

People Outdoors, a branch of the Australian Camps Association, was established in 1989 to provide outdoor recreation for people of all ages with physical or intellectual disabilities. The Australian Camps Association is a registered NDIS service provider and accredited with the Quality Tourism Framework.

Camp programs include overnight through to four day residential camps and provide people living with disability the opportunity to experience the social and developmental benefits of adventure outdoors. In some cases, participation is assisted by our charity, the People Outdoors Fund. All programs are staffed by trained and passionate professionals and volunteers.

People Outdoors camps are hallmarked by a high level of communication with parents/guardians and campers, including a personal pre-camp intake meeting and post program evaluation. Our programs only operate at Australian Camps Association member residential camps that are accredited with the Quality Tourism Framework.

People Outdoors camps are outcomes focused and are all about fun, personal development, social connection and enjoying the great outdoors.

People Outdoors dedicates enormous resources to training, nurturing and developing our volunteers and skilled professional staff, who deliver excellent “Adventure for All” programs.

People Outdoors are experts in providing outdoor experiences for people living with disability.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Camps Association, including People Outdoors, acknowledges that wherever our members are situated across Australia, Indigenous people are the Traditional Custodians of country. They have lived, walked and cared for the lands, waters, environment and wildlife for over 60,000 years.

People Outdoors constantly strives to ensure that all people, no matter their background, are included and welcome to our services.

In 2020, we amended our logo to symbolically represent the foot and fingerprints of all Traditional Custodians across Australia. Whenever People Outdoors uses this logo we respectfully acknowledge this truth.

Our Values

  • Achieving “Adventure for All” through recreation programs designed to meet each participant’s goals, such as increasing social interactions, experiencing and learning from outdoor adventure activities and more.
  • Nurturing, supporting and encouraging campers to be independent.
  • Increasing the opportunities for a wide range of ages to be involved with residential camps and outdoor recreation activities.
  • Treating all participants with dignity and respect.
  • Assisting families to link into other community activities and networks.
  • Providing a high level of support and commitment to all participants, volunteers and skilled professional staff.

 

 
 
 
 


Support the work of People Outdoors in providing outdoor experiences for people living with disability.

 

Australian Camps Association Purpose

The ACA develops, supports and promotes the delivery of camp experiences that provide positive community, social and personal outcomes.

Vision Statement for People Outdoors

‘Adventure for All'.

 

“My daughter loves the volunteers at people outdoors, she finds peer interaction difficult but having the volunteers of all ages gives her the opportunity to feel part of a friendship group. We love turning up at drop off and hearing lots of different people calling her name and making her feel so welcome. Thank you people outdoors x”– Michelle (Camper Parent).

 
 
 
Latest News

Meet our Team: Simon

Hi my name is Simon and I am the Accessibility Manager with People Outdoors based in Ballarat. I have been with the Australian Camps Association and People Outdoors since February 2020.

 
 
Upcoming Programs
 
 
4 Day Camp | CYC The Island
Phillip Island
Kids & Teens (6-17yrs)
10-01-2023 - 13-01-2023
holiday

Join us at CYC The Island for this 4 Day Camp (3 nights).

This camp is for young adults aged 6-17yrs living with disability. This camp will depart from our Melbourne.

With heaps of activities on site, plus many off site activities nearby, you will never be bored at CYC The Island.

Some of the activities you might participate in on this camp are - giant swing, low ropes course, canoeing and more.

New to People Outdoors? Please complete the our referral form so we can begin the intake process (note, completion of the intake process is required prior to attending any camp). 

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4 Day Camp | YMCA Lady Northcote
Bacchus Marsh
18yrs+
17-01-2023 - 20-01-2023
holiday

Join us at YMCA Lady Northcote for this 4 Day Camp (3 nights).

This camp is for adults aged 18yrs+ living with disability. This camp will depart from our Melbourne location in West Coburg.

With heaps of activities on site, plus many off site activities nearby, you will never be bored at YMCA Lady Northcote.

Some of the activities you might participate in on this camp are - giant swing, low ropes course, canoeing and more.

New to People Outdoors? Please complete the our referral form so we can begin the intake process (note, completion of the intake process is required prior to attending any camp). 

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4 Day Camp | Roses Gap Recreation Centre
Roses Gap
Kids & Teens (6-17yrs)
17-01-2023 - 20-01-2023
holiday

**EXPRESSION OF INTEREST OPEN NOW**
We will only run this program should we have enough interest.


Join us at Roses Gap Recreation Centre for this 4 Day Camp (3 nights).

This camp is for adults aged 18yrs+ living with disability. This camp will depart from our Ballarat location.

Some of the activities you might participate in on this camp are - giant swing, low ropes course, canoeing and more.

New to People Outdoors? Please complete the our referral form so we can begin the intake process (note, completion of the intake process is required prior to attending any camp). 

ENQUIRE (New Camper) ENQUIRE (Returning Camper)