by Emily Hardbottle
The thing I’d recommend to any Catholic teenager is CYM’s Teen’s Camp. Not only is there amazing food, awesome music, and lifelong friends made, but there is also time to deepen your relationship with God.
I went to camp last year and can’t wait for camp again this year!
A highlight for me last year, among many, was the discipleship group that I was a part of. This is a small group made up of teens my own age, allowing us to really talk about the things that matter to us. My group even got together for a movie afternoon once camp was finished. The other highlight was getting to lead the singing at one stage. I’m not really sure how that happened, but it was lots of fun!
There was something for everyone. There was time to be with God, and to think out what being Catholic is all about; and there was time to have fun, and build real friendships.
There were team games of capture the flag, where the youth leaders encouraged their team to run faster than they had ever before. There were activities for the adventurous, which tested some’s belief in God to see them safely returned! These included a giant swing, where we jumped from a platform with only a rope attached; as well as a rock climbing wall, where the boys suddenly became very competitive, to see who could climb the highest. The last night even included an awesome glow in the dark party, where we showed off our dance moves.
The amazing band lead praise and worship sessions which got everyone on their feet; and adoration and confession, helped us to pray and connect with God. Youth leaders gave short talks about what it means to be Catholic in today’s world, these were especially amazing. They were so different from religion lessons at school, and really brought the faith to life.
It was great to talk to likeminded teenagers, who live through similar experiences. It was also great to spend time with others from different parishes all around Perth. I found the weekend to be fun filled and uplifting, fueling my faith, and making my relationship with God #stronger.
This year’s Teens Camp will be taking place during the next school holidays 7-9th Oct 2016 at Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp. All high school aged teenagers (grades 7-12) are invited to attend. Camp fee is $150 and includes all accommodation, food, and adventure activities. For more info or to register: firstname.lastname@example.org 94227912 or visit http://cym.com.au/teens-camp-2016/