Camp 38 is a respectful, inclusive and goal-focused camp program for young people with autism and their families.

With an emphasis on fun and working towards NDIS goals, Camp 38 provides an authentic camp experience to families who might not have the chance to take a traditional holiday.

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What is Camp 38?

Camp 38 provides a 5-day program where young people with Autism aged between 5 and 14 years old are able to reach goals and learn life skills while having positive peer interactions.

Tailored to the individual needs of the young person with Autism, Camp 38 provides them with many opportunities to build social skills, emotional regulation, and life skills with professional management of sensory needs.

Camp 38 considers the needs of every member of the family, providing a program that includes family time, young person time, sibling time, and adult time.

The Camp focuses on self-care for all attendees and offers a range of fun activities to give the whole family a memorable and enjoyable 5-day adventure at Victor Harbor.

With like-minded families, this camp has something for the whole family and we hope will give you some of your best memories.

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Camp 38 Program

The primary goal of Camp 38 is to provide a supported respite-break experience, inclusive of therapies and life skills development. Participants and their families can hang out with other young autistic people and their families in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Camp 38 works with the individual prior to the camp to develop a program that will help them work towards their goals.

Some of the goals we focus on include:

  • Increased independence
  • Emotional regulation
  • Increased social and community participation and skills
  • Provide social connection and develop relationships
  • Developing capacity to actively take part in the community
  • Challenging self with new activities
  • Therapeutic support including behaviour support
  • Help with household tasks
  • Improved health and well being
  • Improved learning
  • Improved life choices
  • Improved daily living skills
  • Food and diet – eating a balanced diet and trying new foods

Camp Package

Cooinda Retreats is located in Victor Harbor, only one hour from the Adelaide CBD. Nestled in native scrubland, Cooinda Retreats gives an authentic camp experience, yet is only a short distance to all the attractions the Fleurieu has to offer.

The camp package includes:

  • Five nights in bunkhouse style accommodation. Each family will be provided a private secured sleeping area
  • Four and a half days of tailored activities and workshops
  • Full catering of all meals including morning and afternoon tea
  • One participant in the Autistic Young Persons Program. Additional participants can attend at an additional cost
  • Up to three participants in the Siblings Program (under 14 years of age)
  • Up to two participants in the Parents/Carers Program. All siblings over 14 will be included in the parents/caregivers program but count as siblings, not caregivers
  • Activities and workshops for the family unit and individuals with autism
  • Professional on-site carers 24 hours a day

Pricing & Eligibility

Camp 38 is available to all families where a child has a diagnosis of autism. The child must be aged 5 to 14 years old.

We can accommodate families with up to two adults and up to three siblings (those aged 14 years or over are counted as siblings but will be included in the adult program), in addition to the one young autistic person. Additional participants can be included at an additional cost.

Pricing will be determined on an individual case basis and on the level of professional care required. We offer 1:2 or 1:1 ratio care.

Please call us to discuss on 1300 445 910.

NDIS Funding

Funding for our camps can be claimed through NDIS for self and plan-managed participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely not!! We are one big family here at Camp 38 and we all eat together, support each other, and nurture new and gorgeous friendships.

Enquire for your family now

For more information on how the camp could benefit your family, submit the expression of interest form via the link below. If you have any questions, call us on 1300 445 910 or email

Camp 38 EOI Form