Doxa aims to provide positive life experiences to young people experiencing disadvantage through running year-round camps at Malmsbury and City locations.

Target Cohort

Doxa provides camps for the neediest schools. Specifically, our target cohort is the top 10% of Victoria’s neediest schools. In this context, ‘neediest’ means those schools which are ranked 1-155 (Government) and 1-72 (non-Government) by SFOE ranking. That is, the school which is ranked # is the neediest school in Victoria.

Aim

It is the aspiration of Doxa to run camps for the target cohort all year, including weekends, school holidays and public holidays.

However, at the times when the target cohort does not usually book, for example weekends and public holidays, Doxa’s City Camp and Malmsbury Camp may be made available to other community groups which work with disadvantaged youth. Doxa’s constitution defines “disadvantaged youth” as “Children and young people who suffer from financial or social disadvantage and who are underprivileged by reason of being from a low-income family, experiencing neglect due to dysfunctional domestic conditions, having a disability or ill-health, being severely deprived of opportunities otherwise available to children and young people such as the opportunity for personal growth and safe and healthy relationships with adults, or being otherwise exposed to hardship and misfortune.”

Booking Process

Our booking policy is summarised in the table and priorities below:

Priority Cohort
1 Target cohort – (Malmsbury)
Target cohort – rural primary schools (City)
2 Target cohort – metropolitan primary schools & senior schools (City)
3 11-20% schools (Malmsbury)
11-20% schools (City)
4 21-30% schools
5 Community groups

1. Schools

Malmsbury Camp will continue to prioritise schools from Doxa’s target cohort. From April 2018 bookings will be accepted for year 3-4 children, although having regard to the Camp’s facilities and outcomes sought at Doxa Malmsbury, priority will be given to year 5-8 children.

City Camp will continue to prioritise regional primary students of all ages from Doxa’s target cohort ahead of metropolitan schools.

In March each year, schools that are ranked in Doxa’s target cohort (10% neediest schools) will receive an electronic direct mailout (EDM) with an invitation to book for the following year. Schools in this cohort will retain the exclusive right to book until the end of Term 2. During this time, Camp Managers will work to recruit schools from Doxa’s target cohort.

At the commencement of Term 3, schools ranked 155 – 310 (Government) and 72 – 144 (non-Government) i.e. 11-20% neediest, will be invited to book to fill all remaining bookings for the following year. Note that the table above addresses order of priority. However, any late expressions of interest from schools in Doxa’s target cohort will continue to be prioritised.

At the commencement of Term 4, schools ranked 310 – 465 (Government) and 144 – 216 (non-Government) i.e. 21-30% neediest, will be invited to book to fill all remaining bookings for the following year. However, any late expressions of interest from schools in Doxa’s target cohort will continue to be prioritised.

New SFOE rankings are released in October each year. The new rankings will inform the bookings process for the following year.

2. Community Groups

Doxa’s Malmsbury Camp and City Camp are available for use by Community groups that fit within Doxa’s definition of disadvantaged youth. The camp will be made available for these groups only on weekends and public holidays, where the camp has not been booked by a school from Doxa’s target cohort. Not for profit groups may be granted access to camps during weeks within the school term that the camp is not filled with Doxa’s target cohort. Not for profit groups may also be granted access to camps in cases where schools make last minute cancellations, and despite best efforts, the camp cannot be filled by schools from within the 30% neediest.

A special exception will be made for RYLA district 9790, which presently books for one week, during term 4. This exception is made on the grounds that the participants of RYLA are from within Doxa’s definition of “disadvantaged youth” and we have formed an outstanding partnership over the course of the last three years. This group also represents a large portion of Malmsbury Camp’s unrestricted revenue.

3. Holiday Camps

Malmsbury Camp will run four holiday camp programs each year. Three in Summer and one in Spring. City Camp will run two holiday camps in Summer. The invitation process will be consistent with the above process, that is, a tiered approach: Campers from the neediest schools will be prioritised to attend holiday camps.

Doxa has also built relationships with organisations and Government departments such as DHHS, who refer students whom they deem ‘in-need’ of such a program. It is important for the future success of Doxa’s holiday camps program that these relationships should be sustained.

Exclusions

Unless approved by the CEO, the following general exclusions will apply:

  1. Family groups: Any family group that is outside Doxa’s definition of disadvantaged youth will not be allowed to book to stay at Doxa camps. This includes Doxa staff and their families, and any families that are known to Doxa staff
  2. Community groups or other organisations that are outside Doxa’s definition of disadvantaged youth.
  3. Schools: Any school that is ranked outside the top 30% neediest ranked by SFOE data for that year. See “Target cohort” above.