What makes Summer Camps so special? Is it the ‘summer camp’ friends, the moving worships, the exciting activities or the nights by the fire in at Swag Camp? Is it the ‘getaway’atmosphere?

Truth be told, it’s probably a combination of all of the above. But even more than all that, Summer Camps are special because they are a space in time where decisions for Jesus are made, and faith is shaped for life.
As a result of his studies, Dr Wayne French notes that church related memory events, like Summer Camps, “have a lifelong impact, they enhance spirituality, they help develop a sense of belonging, create a sense of value, and bond our children and youth to the church.”
Last year, from the Junior and Teen campers, we received 75 requests for Bible studies, 62 campers expressed their decision to be baptised and 90 committed to developing the courage to be bold for their faith. For the staff, it was amazing to watch Jesus transform lives before their very eyes.
Applications are open and we invite the young people in your house to be a part of Summer Camps. There are three camps that are available. Gap Camp (16-18 year olds – Jan 11 – 15, 2018), Junior Camp (10-12 year olds – Jan 16-21, 2018), and Teen Camp (13-15 year olds – Jan 23-28 2018). For those over 17, you can apply to be staff for Junior Camp. And, for those over 18, you can apply to be staff for Teen Camp. To apply, or for further questions, contact VicYouth by phone or email (P: (03) 9264 7740; E: vicyouth@adventist.org.au), or visit www.vicyouth.com. We look forward to seeing you at Summer Camps!

Simon Gigliotti