CAMPS are the types of educational expenses that could be covered by the Schoolkids Bonus that is expected to be cut, according to a state education union.
Australian Education Union state president Terry Polglase said yesterday the bonus, which is $410 for a primary pupil and $820 for a high school student, gave parents that flexibility to pay for larger expenses.
The federal government has stated it hopes to cut the bonus by the end of the year.
It was reported yesterday that a single father in Launceston would go without food this fortnight to allow his son to attend a $135 two-night camp.
The father was angered at the cost and that part of it was to help pay for relief teachers at the school.
Mr Polglase said the Liberal Party's plan to cut the bonus was a double hit for single parents who were still reeling from the former Labor government's decision to move them onto Newstart Allowance, which saw some receive up to $120 a week less.
"How can schools expect parents in such circumstances to subsidise the cost of school camps?" Mr Polglase said.
"When resources are scarce, our governments must be challenged on the decisions they make.
"Ignoring the well- publicised wedding and travel rorts, our paid representatives should be called upon to justify the upper class welfare support of six months' fully paid parental leave to working mothers, when our future depends on every child being able to socialise, relate and develop into responsible and caring adults."
Education Department deputy secretary Liz Banks said decisions about camps, their policies and costs, remained with the individual schools and their associations.
She said generally speaking the associated costs covered only transport and accommodation.