2016 youth camps a raging success
Due to popular demand (after the success of ‘Timeless youth camp’ in 2015) it was decided that there would be not one but two school holiday camps this year; the Inside Out camp for years 7 and 8 students (26th to the 28th September) followed by Brick camp for years 9 and 10 students (28th to the 30th of September) both taking place at Mt. Evelyn Recreation camp.
Each camp was attended by twenty young people and they were joined by a wonderful leadership group including the National Evangelisation Team and the Archdiocesan Office for Youth team working together to unpack the message of the camps.
Inside Out camp was designed to challenge the participants to understand that their self-worth comes from their identity in God, as a result calling the participants to treat others with respect through their actions and words. The camp kicked off with the hall set out like a battle field and participants looking at the life of King David. Inside Out was packed with powerful sessions including an opportunity for Confession, Mass and Adoration.
At the beginning of the Brick camp, teenagers were each given a brick. This brick was carried with them through the first three sessions and represented the weight of sin that they carry with them. This proved quite a challenge for most with a lot of participants and leaders having to do star jumps and push ups as a reprimand for forgetting their bricks. This beautiful symbolism came to its culmination on Thursday evening when the participants had the option to go to confession and leave their brick at the foot of the cross.
And it wouldn’t have been a complete school-holiday camp without campers experiencing the thrill of the high ropes course, having the adrenaline rush of the giant swing and a party with new friends around a camp fire.
Many of the participant’s parents and family members joined them on the last day of their camps for the final Mass’ together before they headed home. Overall it was an inspiring week made special by the wonderful young people who attended!