Summer Camp Bushfire Update

Monday, January 6, 2020 

Dear friends, 

We have been waiting and watching events unfold in Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains in the hope Young Life Summer Camp would be able to go ahead as planned. 

Sadly, the decision has been made to cancel Summer Camp 2020. 

A lot of factors have made this decision the wisest one to make, not least our duty of care toward 125 young people who would be attending and our volunteers travelling long distances to make this a great week for our campers. 

We considered the impact of poor air quality and felt we couldn’t go ahead with an outdoor program if these conditions were to persist.  

We also made this decision with respect and concern for the staff at The Station Resort in Jindabyne, who would share responsibility for our presence. 

What happens now? 

Now we have decided that camp won’t proceed – several things need to happen.

  1. If you have already paid your fee to attend, we will be reimbursing your account as soon as we can practically do so. Please give us 21 days to work through this process. 
  2. Summer Camp was to be a break away for teens from the bush, sponsored by many wonderful people in the community. Local churches also gave generously to sponsor young people to attend. That money will be kept in a special fund because…
  3. Our team is already thinking about another camp! We are working on the details. It may look a bit different to our Summer Camp program, but that’s okay because… 
  4. We will be back in Jindabyne in 2021. We love Jindabyne! It has been home to our Summer Camp for 20 years! The township has always welcomed us. Nothing beats the combination of Kosciuszko and Lake Jindabyne. 

Our prayers are with the Jindabyne community as they continue to wait and watch for rain and indeed with all communities suffering through this terrible fire season. 

Thank you so much for understanding. Please contact our national office on 1300 557 647 or email and leave a message if you have a question. We will do our best to respond as quickly as we can. 

Yours faithfully, 

Glyn Henman | CEO | Young Life Australia