Youthworks Square 1
Youthworks Square 1 is a weekend camp for children in Years 3 - 6 and their church leaders.
Youthworks Ministry Support plans the whole weekend of age-appropriate Bible teaching and fun activities, freeing church leaders to invest in discipling their kids.
Square 1 is on the weekend of 8 - 10 November 2019.
Leader registration is OPEN. Contact your church coordinator for details.
Yoki is the Children’s Pastor at Blakehurst Anglican Church. She loves her crazy big Asian family, sharing life with her friends, eating food (especially bacon and anything with chocolate), and watching renovation shows. But the greatest love of Yoki’s life is Jesus who has completely turned her life upside-down by his amazing love. She is super excited to share about how extraordinary Jesus is at Square 1.
Day 1 / Friday 8 November
18:00 ARRIVE AND REGISTER ON SITES
19:30 BIG GATHERING 1
21:00 SUPPER AND BED
Day 2 / Saturday 9 November
8:00 BREAKFAST AT EACH SITE
9:30 BIG GATHERING 2
11:00 DAY ACTIVITY 1 / WATERSLIDE, MESSY GAMES OR POOL
13.30 DAY ACTIVITY 2 / WATERSLIDE, MESSY GAMES OR POOL
16:00 BIG GATHERING 3
19:00 NIGHT ACTIVITY / DRESS UP FUN AND MOVIE
Day 3 / Sunday 10 November
8:00 BREAKFAST AT EACH SITE
9:30 BIG GATHERING 4
11:00 DAY ACTIVITY 3 - WATERSLIDE, MESSY GAMES OR POOL
12:45 LUNCH / CHALDERCOT
Parents are welcome to join
13.30 FAMILY BIG GATHERING
14:00 SIGN OUT AND DEPART
Frequently asked questions
+ When is Square 1?
Square 1 is on 8 - 10 November 2019.
You can sign in your children from 6pm on Friday 8 November. The session starts at 7.30pm. There is no dinner on Friday night.
Pick up is at 2.30pm on Sunday 10 November.
+ Where is Square 1 held?
+ How does Square 1 work?
Kids / All children in Years 3-6 are welcome on Square 1. Get your kids to invite their friends from church, SRE, Kids Club and your local community. Whether children attend church or not, they are welcome on Square 1.
Part of a group / No camper comes on Square 1 alone. Every child is part of a church group. On the registration form, you’ll see there is a place to indicate which church group your child is coming with.
Leaders / Churches send their own leaders, with a 1:7 leader to child ratio. Each church group has a Square 1 coordinator who is over 21. All leaders are required to have a valid Working with Children Check.
Rooms / Your children will be with their friends. Children will be allocated rooms according to church groups. Leaders will be in separate rooms close by. Square 1 uses all four sites at Youthworks Conference Centres Port Hacking—Deer Park, Chaldercot, Rathane and Telford—but church groups are kept together as much as possible.
Bible teaching / There are four Big Gatherings over the weekend with everyone from all four sites coming together to hear our speaker teach from the Bible. There’s also time in small groups for discussion and questions. These small groups are led by the leaders from each church group.
Activities / Day and night activities include swimming, waterslide, craft, messy games, board games, a movie on the big screen, dress up dinner and more.
Cost / For campers the cost is $189 and leaders $169. You can make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of sending another child on camp when you register. And because of the generosity of people like you, Youthworks is able to subsidise the cost of camp for families who can’t afford to attend Square 1. All campers and leaders get a camp t-shirt too!
Special needs / Square 1 caters for those with special needs—diet, medication or allergy management. There is a place on the registration form to include this information or any other information you’d like to share that will help make the weekend a success for your child.
Partnering with churches / Youthworks Ministry Support team runs Square 1 to partner with local church and parents in their ministry to children. Youthworks takes care of all the admin, planning and preparation of the camp, freeing up church leaders to invest in discipling their kids.
There is plenty of time for friendships to be strengthened, memories made and discussion to flow from the Bible talks. As well as getting to know the kids better, your church leaders have the opportunity to learn from others in children’s ministry and gain new ideas and insight for their own service.
Square 1 is especially encouraging for kids and leaders from small churches. Some groups are only one leader with two or three kids.
Parents / The coordinator for your church group is your first person to contact with questions about Square 1.
Parents are invited to join their children for Sunday lunch and the last Big Gathering. This is a great way to see what your kids have been learning and meet their friends and leaders. Please RSVP by selecting the tick box on the online registration form and we’ll send you more information.
In the weeks before camp, Youthworks will send you a list of things for your child to pack. We will also send you resources to help you talk with your child about camp and their learning from the Bible.
+ What should I do next?
Speak to your church leaders about bringing a group of kids and leaders to Square 1.