2015 EdFest CampFest

Information on this page is subject to change without notice.
Please read General Information and Code of Conduct before registering. Thank you.

The October EdFest Camp held during National Home Education Week each years celebrates our homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning lifestyles. In addition to our regular relaxed and friendly CampFest activities the focus is on discovering and sharing curriculum resources and activities.

Adult: $110 (over 18 years)
Child: $95
Child (under 5 years): $50
Child (under 2 years): Free

Register your interest today and ensure your place at this popular camp – a great way to wrap up your home educating year and begin your plans for 2016!

Accommodation Cost: Motel and ensuite sites are available at Hilltop Resort at a discounted price for CampFest families. Being onsite allows families to get the full benefit from the CampFest experience.

Ensuite sites: $125 per family. Motel rooms: $350 per family.
Motel rooms have either a queen size bed and two single beds or a queen size bed, a sofa and a single bed. A portable fold-out single bed can be added to your room for an additional $25.

As places are limited you will need to book early to avoid disappointment.Please book by paying $100 deposit for your accommodation and CampFest registration by phoning Jenni 03 5033 1515. By booking you agree to the Terms and Conditions below and have read and understood the information on the General Information page.

2015 EdFest Camp will feature a Curriculum Swap and Resource Display (possible workshops) as well as parent sessions on getting started with homeschooling and other topics. Please participate in our Children’s Literature, Art and Photo and Home Education Exhibition detailed below! For the children there will be structured morning activities designed to build teamwork and problem solving skills, as well as the regular range of fun games and activities at CampFest.


Arrive at Hilltop Resort sometime on Monday 20th October, from noon onwards. Check in at Reception, pay the balance of accommodation and registration fee, find and settle into your accommodation.

The rest of the afternoon is set aside to settle into camp, grab  a copy of the Family CampFest Orientation Orienteering Activity from the Function Centre Hall if you want (hopefully we’ll have it organised by then!), explore Hilltop and become acquainted with the property. Don’t forget to circumnavigate the Animal Enclosure and say hello to the ducks, chickens, deer, kangaroos and joeys!

At 4pm we’ll have a ‘welcome to camp’ meet and greet session – come to the Hall and help arrange the chairs into a circle and we’ll do a quick round of introductions and, if we have time, hopefully chat about some of the activities and things we’d like to do at camp.

Use the whiteboard to let each other know what is happening when and where: if you want to offer an activity (see the list of ideas), or want a chat group to happen, pick a time and place and write it up! This is your camp – help to make it meet your needs and those of your children!

CampFest is a time a place to celebrate learning and we encourage families to bring a favourite art, craft, science or other activity to do with others: happy children and parents learning new skills alongside their new friends, learning and playing together. Reimbursement for cost of materials can be negotiated prior to camp, or you can ask for an appropriate donation from participants.

Tie Dying has become a popular CampFest activity – if someone is keen to volunteer to show parents and children how it is done, everything is already there to make it happen.

There is a collection of board, dice and card games at CampFest. Or if you have a favourite game, teach others how to play it, learn a new game from new friends, get a board game tournament happening or whatever! Please tidy and put away games after playing. If you know any boisterous outside games, bring them along too.

We’re looking for someone to MC charades and/or talent quest and/or skits one night (if there is enough interest), and / or to run a Trivia Quiz(quiz box with everything needed provided – just need one person to ask the question, one or two people to check answers and post results and another one to hand out prizes to the winning tables each round).

Don’t forget to prepare or bring an act for the CampFest Concert and Disco usually held on the last night, followed by the awesome Disco! Magic or card tricks, songs, dancing, skits, stand up comedy, jokes, playing musical instruments… adults and children all welcome to perform. Concert and Disco night is a wonderful way to wrap up an awesome CampFest experience.

There will be a Talking Point / Conversation Circle each afternoon hosted by experienced home educators – bring your questions or a topic for discussion. No topic or question is trivial – we’ve all ‘been there done that’ and can learn something from sharing our experiences.Questions about defining what it is we do, how to register, how to identify our children’s learning styles and needs, what resources to use, how we each record our children’s learning journeys, how to get fathers more involved and a host of other issues are welcome.

As part of our National Home Education Week celebrations we ask that you bring stories, poems, artwork, etc by your children or photos showing how homeschooling or unschooling happens at your place to display in our special Literature, Art and Photo and Home Education Exhibition.

It is customary at CampFest for night owls to gather in the Gazebo or on the Hall verandah and chat after the evening’s family activities have concluded. If you have been home educating for some years or have been a network support person email Jenni and volunteer to be on the Q&A Panel for Monday night. On one of the nights opt to separate for Mums’ Chat and Dads’ Chat… this has always been a very popular session among the dads who get the chance to talk and listen without that feminine perspective edging it’s way into the discussion!

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings we are hoping to offer the children the opportunity to participate in organised cooperative and team building initiatives and activities. These activities are designed to encourage children to use and develop communication skills to cooperatively construct, use and evaluate different strategies to solve challenging mental and physical problems. They also help the children to build trust and confidence in their selves and in others and to work together as a team to achieve a goal. Children’s sessions include a variety of physical activities and challenges. Parents are encouraged to enjoy the activity with their children. Water bottle, hat, sunscreen & closed toe shoes required for outside activities.

While the older children are doing that the younger ones can participate in art and craft activities in the Hall (volunteer parents needed to lead these activities).

CampFest afternoons buzz with activity, happy children and parents learning and sharing new skills alongside their new friends, learning and playing together. Because this is National Home Education Week we ask that you consider bringing an educational activity to share, a science experiment, art or craft project, maths demonstration or new game. If demonstrating isn’t your forte consider bringing a static display.

On Wednesday we will enjoy a tradeshow featuring displays and experiential workshops provided by Australian businesses. Get information on different products and curriculum options!

It’s a bit of a tradition to eat together at homeschool camps at Hilltop: first night is ‘Pot Luck’, where we each prepare a dish (enough to feed our own family) and then share it smorgasbord style. For the other nights we can do communal meals using the commercial kitchen and pooling ingredients. At the last camp a team of cooks created an awesome Mexican meal for $3 each, with left overs for lunch the next day! Please note: for occupational, health and safety reasons children are not allowed in the commercial kitchen. If you need to, you can also cook and eat separately in your motel room, cabin or site.

Lights go out around the venue at 11pm: quiet activities only in your cabin, motel unit or site please after this time.

Please check your site, motel unit or cabin thoroughly for personal belongings before you leave (left items will be donated to charity). We’d also appreciate some help with checking for and picking up any litter around the venue before we head off too. Don’t forget to stop at Reception, return your key and book your site for next year or the event!

Register your interest today
and ensure your place at this popular camp – a great way to wrap a great home educating year!  

Inquiries about the camp:

Inquiries about accommodation: Hilltop Resort or phone (03) 5033 1515

To be read in conjunction with the page on General Information.

  • A $100 deposit is required upon booking to secure your registration and accommodation. This is non-refundable.
  • Participants agree to abide by the CampFest Code of Conductat all times.
  • Cancellations. Refund minus your $100 deposit is payable only if you cancel four weeks prior to the starting day of the event. Refunds minus deposit after this date are at the discretion of camp / CampFest organisers and owners of Hilltop Resort.
  • The advertised Schedule is subject to change without notice. Activities, speakers, workshops, session times, excursions, etc can change: please refer to the notice board in the Function Room during camp / CampFest for updates.
  • Camp / CampFest organisers and the owners of Hilltop Resort do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to participants’ property. Be sure to secure your belongings in your accommodation appropriately.
  • Hilltop Resort is pet friendly for en-suite powered sites only. Your pet must be on a leash and under effective control at all times.
  • We respect your privacy: personal information collected on this site will be used for the purposes of this camp / CampFest only and will never be shared with any third parties.

Australian Homeschool CampFests are proudly sponsored and supported by:

Hilltop Resort
Australian Homeschool Network  
The Educating Parent

Home Education Association Inc.
Home Education Network of Victoria



We hope that you have enjoyed your time at CampFest. 

Please drive carefully and arrive home safely.