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Send a Bush Kid to Camp – Thank You!

Campaign for teens from drought-affected country

We did it! We reached and surpassed our goal to raise $18,000 to bring a coachload of youth affected by the drought to Young Life Australia’s Summer Camp.

Money raised = $24,479

Prime 7News Central West spoke to John Ryan from Warren and Karla Stait from Dubbo recently about their work with youth, Young Life’s Summer Camp and the need for sponsors to come forward and make camp a reality for teens from the bush!

And Australia responded. Gifts poured in from the city and the country.

“We have closed the camp fund now,” says Glyn Henman, Young Life’s CEO. “Our team is busy inviting youth and planning camp. And for those who would still like to support our work with youth in regional Australia, we have community-based programs running throughout the year. Our youth workers need your support too.”

Please help us build up young people from drought-affected communities. Donate at younglife.org.au/give.

Wyld Life Camp is coming!

How good was Wyld Life Camp last year!

It was awesome! Led by a band of pirates, students in Grades 5 – 8 from New England, Central West NSW, Sydney and the ACT joined the four-day camp. Check out the pics!

This year the camp will take place from September 30 – October 3 during the NSW school holidays on Milson Island, an amazing property run by NSW Sport & Recreation on the Hawkesbury River.

There’s only one way to get to an island and that’s by ferry; and the only way to be on that ferry is to register at younglife.org.au/wyldlifecamp.

The camp cost is $299.

What’s Wyld Life all about?

If Wyld Life is a new concept to you, it’s Young Life’s program for students in Grades 5 – 8. Like Young Life Club, we meet up and play games, sport, skits and talk about faith and issues that matter to young people.

Heather Gant is Young Life Australia’s regional manager in Central West NSW. She is sold on the importance of community-based youth programs for pre-teens.

“There are so many influences both positive and negative in young people’s lives today. If we want to send a positive message to young people we can’t wait until their teenage years because by that stage there are so many voices in their lives.”

“And having a place outside of school where you and your friends belong and where the leaders are fun and supportive provides so much protection from the negative experiences that can accompany adolescence.”

“That’s what we are aiming for,” she says.