North Camp 2017 - Romans & Reformation
- When: Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th September, 2017
Arrive: 11:00am Depart: 1:30pm
- Where: Camp Curumbene, Darrigans Rd, Corop (map)
- Who: 12 to 21 year olds
- How Much: $120
- Registration: 4th July to 26th August 2017
- Theme: Time Travelers
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About The Topic - Romans & Reformation
500 years ago in Germany, something significant happened, although the people there may not have realised it at the time. Around 1500 years before that, something significant happened in Jerusalem, and again the people there may not have realised it at the time. At North Camp 2017 we will see how the gospel of Jesus Christ began its impact in Jerusalem and how this thing called 'The Reformation" impacts our lives today. We will be using the book of Romans to help us.
About The Speaker - Rev. Luke Brownley
Luke is married to Katherine and they have 4 children. Luke grew up in a Christian family and a Presbyterian Church, but it wasn't until around the age of 18, he changed from being 'a Christian' to someone who wanted to serve God with their life. At the age of 26, Luke quit his job as PE teacher to do a Christian apprenticeship at RMIT Christian Union. After that, he went to PTC to train to become a Pastor. Since the start of 2015, Luke has been the pastor at Hume Presbyterian Church. Luke enjoys spending time with his family as well as playing and watching sport.
What To Bring
Bible & pens; drink bottle; appropriate clothing; old clothes and shoes for messy activities; bath towel & toiletries; pillow, sleeping bag / doona & sheet; money for bookstall, merchandise & tuckshop; and a 'time travel' costume!!!
Contact North Camp Convenor Sherif & Lauren Mehanni at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text the PYV office on 0432 916 967.
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Camp Reflection 2017
North Camp this year was all about "Romans & Reformation", with Luke Brownley delivering the talks. While the focus was on Romans, we were also treated to some videos with Luke and his kids acting out the stories of some of the reformers. The theme for camp was "Time Travellers", which led to some very interesting and well-executed costume ideas!
Luke brought us three talks: Talk 1 was entitled "How can anyone be right with God?", with a focus on Romans 3. Talk 2 asked "How does grace come?" and looked at Romans 5. Finally, talk three answered the question "What's our part?" by hearing from Romans 4. The studies also helped to expand on these concepts.
The activities were very entertaining. Night games were a highlight here - sneaking past leaders blindly swinging pool noodles, while also avoiding being seen by a spotlight, proved to be very challenging! Another activity that really stood out was when each team had to defrost a solid block of ice to put on the shirt that was frozen inside. The result was a hilarious combination of wildly bashing a frozen shirt on the ground, and watching the wearers shiver as the semi-frozen shirt was unwillingly placed on them!
For me, the highlight of the camp was catching up with each of the guys in my study group, hearing how their faith in God was going, and praying with them. In one study session, our study group also had some practice in apologetics, with the leaders playing devil's advocate to test the campers' understanding of the Gospel. It was really encouraging to see the campers clearly explaining the concepts of our sinfulness, our need for a Saviour, and God's generous gift of his Son to make us right with Him.
Next year I will be looking forward to catching up with these campers again - to hear how they are going in their faith, and to pray with them. After all, what an opportunity to build relationships with the youth in our region!
North Camp Leader
Miss out in 2015?
Reflections on North Camp 2015
From a camper...
PYV North Camp 2015 was amazing! It was my first time at a PYV camp and I was quite nervous, but a couple of hours into it I realised that there was no reason to be nervous at all! Everyone was so welcoming, the activities were fun and inclusive and the talks that Brian gave were great. I had so much fun and met so many people, I couldn’t believe how well it went!
The main topics that Brian talked about during the weekend were grace and holiness. I learnt a lot from them; including just how amazing God’s grace is. I learnt that God’s grace extends into all areas of my life, not just my sin. I learnt that it teaches us to say no to ungodliness, to live self-controlled lives and to do good things. Also, the merchandise was super cool, I got myself a PYV water bottle and a book on holiness which I’m super excited to start reading.
The highlight of my weekend was definitely getting to know everyone and interacting with all the other campers. The other things that made the camp even more awesome was the bright, warm weather and the food! The food was that type of food that you’d go back to for seconds, thirds and even fourths! I felt super blessed and thankful that I went, and I’m grateful that my mum convinced me to go. I still reflect on the things that I learnt during that weekend, and I can definitely say that it’s been really beneficial in my walk with God. All in all I had a wonderful time at this camp as a first-timer, and I am going to come to more PYV camps and getting more involved in the PYV community. I’m thankful for everyone on the camp who made it as enjoyable as it was!
- Rufaro Chikwanha
From a leader...
Over three days, September 19-21, over 60 campers and leaders from Northern Victoria got together to learn about grace and holiness while enjoying a range of activities under a Jungle Theme. It was an encouraging time as there were were many first timers, particularly from the far northern areas, along with regular North Camp goers. The campsite in Corop provided a range of places for fun, exciting activities to be run, and combined with the sunny weather, were a highlight to many on the camp. Campfire challenges, lip sync battles, jungle themed trivia and the occasional Lion King reenactment are just a few good memories from a fantastic weekend. During this time, youth from the north were able to forge new friendships and experience the community of the church among people their own age. The sessions and study groups were spent grappling with what it means to live under grace and pursue holiness in our lives, whether we are a student in highschool, at our church, or at home. It was really exciting to see campers understand just how relevant and life changing the gospel is. After such a great North Camp, one can only be excited for what 2016 will bring!
- Naomi Cutler