Who is Youthworks?
Youthworks Holiday Camps are part of the Youthworks division of Youthworks, the not-for-profit Youth and Children’s ministry arm of the Sydney Anglican Church. Youthworks Holiday Camps have been running fun, safe Holiday camps for thousands of young people for more than 50 years, and we're committed to providing camps of the highest standard.
Who looks after the campers?
Youthworks Holiday Camps are lead by teams of Christian volunteers from churches all across NSW. A ratio of 1 leader to 5 campers helps ensure campers are supervised and looked after 24 hours a day. All leaders are required to complete a number of child protection checks and attend training sessions and team meetings before attending camp.
How do I get to the venues?
You can find directions and maps to our centres here.
Will my child's camp be sharing the venue with anyone?
No, your child's camp will be the only one using the venue. While we do have multiple venues at some locations e.g. Shoalhaven contains our Waterslea and Koloona venues, Youthworks always gives exclusive use of venues to the groups booking them.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
Once registered, your camp may provide a packing list. If not though, there are some suggestions of what to bring here. Keep in mind that this is a general camp list, and you should exercise your own discretion e.g. HSC Study Camp students will probably need to bring a laptop or tablet.
Do they need to bring linen?
Yes. We provide a mattress, pillow and blanket, and we put a mattress protector on all our beds. However, we still request that you bring a sleeping bag or full linen to camp, including a pillow case.
Can you cater for my child's special dietary requirements?
All our sites implement nut-aware policies and all meals on our menu do not contain nuts (e.g. No satays or Nutella), however our kitchens are supplied with ingredients that may contain traces of peanuts/tree nuts. If your child has a life threatening/anaphylactic allergy, please call our friendly catering staff to discuss a catering solution for your stay via our contacts page. We can also cater for gluten/wheat/dairy free and vegetarian diets.
What is involved in the Christian part of the camp?
Each day on camp there will be a Bible talk and then small discussion group time giving campers a chance to talk about issues in more depth, and to ask the leaders questions about God and life.
How safe are the outdoor activities you offer? Are your instructors qualified?
Our activities' sites undergo regular inspections by qualified contractors, as well as updated risk assessments every three years as part of our standards and procedures.
Youthworks outstanding safety record is due in no small part to our professional staff. All of our guides hold the relevant qualifications for the activity they are running, typically a Certificate III or IV in Outdoor Recreation. They also regularly take part in further education and training.
Youthworks is also a nationally-recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and is certified to train our staff in-house as part of our Outdoor Ministry Traineeship.
Is there a bushfire plan in place at your venues?
All our sites are constantly in contact with the Rural Fire Service (RFS). At times of higher fire risk we let the RFS know the number of people and types of groups we have at our sites. The RFS include our needs in their evacuation planning, which we adhere to in the event of an emergency. Youthworks staff are all trained in responding to different emergency scenarios and we regularly conduct emergency drills at all our staffed sites.
Is there mobile phone reception at the sites?
Mobile phone reception varies across our sites. Port Hacking and the Blue Mountains are pretty good, while Shoalhaven and Kangaroo Valley can be patchy. We always recommend not contacting your child while on camp, unless in an emergency.
Can I pay for camp in installments?
If you select to pay by credit card you will be unable to pay in installments. If you need some flexibility in paying for your holiday camp please contact the Youthworks Holiday Camps Coordinator before registering and they can help make payment arrangements.
Do you provide financial assistance for students?
We don’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity of attending a Youthworks Holiday Camp. While the camps are certainly invaluable, they do cost a lot to run. Youthworks Holiday Camps have a financial assistance program available to campers who cannot afford to pay the full cost of camp. Campers are asked to contribute whatever they can to the price of the camp and then the balance is paid from the financial assistance fund which comes from donations from others who also understand how valuable Youthworks Holiday Camps are.
If you require help in paying for the cost of a camp you can download a Financial Assistance Form here. We’ll give you a call to discuss your assistance after you have returned the completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my child transfer from one holiday camp to another?
Yes you can. Just contact the Youthworks Holiday Camps Coordinator to arrange this.
Can I cancel my child's camp registration once it has been paid?
For our cancellation policy please see our Terms and Conditions on the online registration site.