In this section we try to answer some of the frequently asked questions about Cottage By The Sea.
A. Cottage by the Sea is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that provides inspiration, fun and opportunities for disadvantaged young people in a positive, healthy, seaside environment. Our vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy life.
A. Cottage by the Sea is not affiliated with any religious organisation. The Cottage is located next door to Santa Casa, which is a Catholic Retreat that once held childrens’ camps similar to those offered by the Cottage.
A. The Cottage is in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. It is 90 minutes from Melbourne and 30 minutes from Geelong.
A. Cottage by the Sea offers camps to children identified by schools or support agencies who may require the opportunity for a wide range of reasons. Children are usually referred by school welfare officers, welfare agencies, government health departments or council services. All referrals are checked with the child’s school before they are accepted.
A. Our Referral Co-coordinator at the Cottage in Queenscliff assists families, schools and agencies with bookings, information packs and enrolment documents.
Schools that score 999 or below on the ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) value.
A. Generally there are between 12 to 20 children in each camp, with some bigger camps being run throughout the year. In total, just under 1500 children attend camps each year.
A. Take a Break camps are offered to primary school aged children. Children selected for the REEF program are in Grade 6 and participate in this program until the end of Year 7. Graduates of the REEF program are invited to participate in the Mentor Program and continue in the program until they are 18 years old, so long as they are studying or in training.
A. Cottage by the Sea offers short term care (camps) for children in primary school and beyond. The camps are usually from three to five days, between Monday and Friday. Some specialty camps are longer and may go over weekends.
A. The children are supervised twenty-four hours a day by professional staff. At night staff members and teaching staff are on duty to take care of the children. All aquatic and adventure activities are run by fully qualified leaders. All staff and volunteers have Working with Children Checks.
A. The children are kept active and occupied during the day and, depending on the season, visit the beach and local tourist attractions. They experience numerous outdoor activities as well as indoor activities, along with rest and plentiful nutritious food. A strong emphasis is placed on co-operation, teamwork and respect for self, others and the environment.
A. Our camps cost around $15,000 – $20,000 for a group of approximately 20 children. Some camps are funded through a specific grant or individual donor. Many camps are funded by money raised through a series of events over a period of time. Regular fundraising events include our Annual Fair, Golf Days and Race Days organised by our Ambassadors and Branches. Any one can donate to Cottage by the Sea anytime or help organise a fundraiser.
If you have any further questions or comments, we would love for you to contact us.
Would you like to help?
Last year over 1,000 children were inspired, had fun and accessed new opportunities through our children’s programs. As Cottage by the Sea programs receive no government funding, we rely on the generosity of corporate sponsors, individual donations and contributions.
If you would like to make a financial donation, please click here or call us on
03 5258 1663
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