What We Offer

By intertwining fundraising events, impactful programs, and inclusive camps, The Portsea Camp creates a supportive environment that empowers children, providing essential life skills and fostering personal development for a brighter future.

Improving the Lives of Children

We provide subsidized or completely free camps to children that miss out. We focus on the intersection of physical and mental health and we use the resources and knowledge at our disposal to support the development of healthy minds and healthy bodies.

We use outdoor adventure activities, wellness and mindful connection with nature and a whole range of specialist youth focused programs that support confidence, resilience and connection and a positive hopeful mindset.

Our tailored programs directly address the key protective factors for children necessary for reducing the impacts of sadness disconnection, depression, anxiety and suicide aged 8-17.

Our “Making a Difference” Programs

Each program offers a unique blend of fun, learning, and personal development in a supportive and natural setting embedding P.A.C.E in practice.

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Making a Difference Camp

Our "M.A.D Camps" during school holidays are a testament to our commitment to disadvantaged communities, offering a transformative and enriching camp experiences for children who may not have access to such opportunities.

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A fun weekend to boost self-esteem of girls through personal development and leadership learning from inspiration female role models.

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A 5-Day initiative to empower teenagers to foster confidence, resilience, and respect on a transformation journey.

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A 12-month leadership program designed to empower teenagers aged 15-17 through transformational synergy of nature, wellness, adventure and personal growth.


Portsea Camp Leadership & Resilience

PCLR is designed for those who have completed the Y-Lead program to further develop leadership skills and mentoring abilities through engaging activities and experiences.

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Why does this matter?

We shine a spotlight on the thousands of children who don’t have equal access to the same opportunities and experiences of their peers, due to economic and other disadvantage.

1 in 5

Young people aged 11-14 report high or very high levels of psychological distress in the past 3 years.


Young people aged 12-17 are reported as experiencing a psychological disorder up.

1 in 4

Felt lonely all or most of the time.

4 in 10

Students felt persistently sad or hopeless in the last 6 months.

Early Beginnings

Our making a difference programs earliest beginnings stem from a partnership with the Lord Mayor City of Melbourne, the Alfred Hospital and the Mallee region of country Victoria.

These programs focus specifically on the wellbeing needs and physical health of geographically isolated children from all over Victoria between 1946 – 1995 this partnership supported more then 25,000 children facing adversity some of whom had never had a holiday, never been to the city and never seen the sea.

This partnership laid the foundations, created the connections, and paved the way for everything we have been able to do since.

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Developing the whole child from the inside out

We take an “inside out” approach to a child’s wellbeing by attending to their inner world first. How a child sees and feels about themselves is the compass by which they will navigate their world.

Our programs help kids develop the following:

  • Connection to Others
  • Physical Activity
  • Supportive Relationships
  • Emotional Support
  • Resilience
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Positive Mindset
  • Hope

Let's keep transforming lives together

Join us in making a lasting impact on the lives of children, families, and communities. Your support can change the world.

Your financial contributions can unlock transformative opportunities and empower those in need.

Lend your time and talents to directly make a difference in the lives of others.

Champion our work with your network and inspire more people to join us in the journey.