North Camp 2018 - Proverbs
- When: Saturday 22nd September - Monday 24th September 2018
- Where: Camp Curumbene, Central Victoria (map)
- Who: 12 to 21 year olds
- How Much: $120 (Either full payment of $120 or deposit of $70 required when registering. Cheques are to be made out to "Presbyterian Church of Victoria")
- Registration: Sunday 1st July to Saturday 1st September 2018 (Late registrations will be accepted solely at the discretion of the Camp Convenor)
- Theme: Toy Story
- All our leaders are Safe Church Compliant (more info)
A non-refundable deposit of $70 is required on registration. Final payment must be cleared by Tuesday 18th Septemeber.
Training day attendance is compulsory for camp leaders. It will be held Saturday 18th August at Reservoir Presbyterian Church.
PLEASE NOTE: Wherever possible, we prefer registrations to be made on the website, NOT via this form.
About the Speaker - Andrew Vines
Andrew has been following Jesus for about 30 years. He’s married to Suzy and has three school-aged kids. His house is also home to three fish, a rabbit, a badly-behaved kitten and a blue-tongue lizard. There will be no more pets. He serves as the minister at Reservoir Presbyterian Church. He loves to kick a footy and/or watch people in red & black jumpers kick a footy. He says: “I love coming on PYV Camps; they were a great part of my spiritual growth and encouragement when I was a teenager.”
About the topic - Proverbs
Generally, people don’t succeed in life because of how high their IQ is. Generally, its about whether they make wise choices rather than foolish ones. And so how do we get wisdom?
The book of Proverbs tells us that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” On this camp we will seek to understand what this means, and where this approach to life takes us. We will explore the book of Proverbs in the light of what Jesus has done; in particular what this book tells us about humility, self-control, true prosperity and what to do with our lives.
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; and a 'Toy Story' related costume!!!
About Your Convenor - Shady Makar
I grew up in a predominantly non-Christian country. I was blessed with great parents who took me to church from as early as I can remember. Going to PYV camps had a huge impact on my life. I made lifelong friends, had heaps of fun, but most importantly, it’s where I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I am in my third year of Civil Engineering, with hopes of finishing in the next decade or so. I play basketball and am also coaching/playing soccer as well. I currently attend South Yarra Presbyterian Church.
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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