About Square 1
Square 1 is a great weekend camp run by the Ministry Support Team at Youthworks. We plan a whole weekend of age-appropriate Bible teaching and fun activities, and invite churches to bring their groups of leaders and kids from years 3-6. Kids have the opportunity to enjoy the big camp experience with friends and familiar leaders with time in big and small groups, messy activities, swimming, singing, dress ups and more.
Friday 9th November - Sunday 11th November 2018
Sign in from Friday 6pm (Session starts at 7.30pm)
Departing Sunday 2:30pm Dinner is not provided on Friday night. There will be supper.
Deer Park, Chaldercot, Telford & Rathane sites at Youthworks Port Hacking Conference Centre.
How does it work?
Kids – All kids in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are welcome. Invite friends from church, your SRE classes, Kids Club and local community. Whether children are familiar with church or not, they are welcome to come.
Part of a Group - Everyone comes to Square 1 as part of a group. No child comes alone. On the registration form, there is a place to include which church group your child is coming with.
Leaders – Churches send their own leaders, with a ratio of one leader for every seven children. Each group will have a Coordinator (over 21). Leaders are required to have Working with Children Checks.
Rooms - They will be with friends! Children will be put in rooms according to church groups. Leaders will be in separate rooms close by. The entire camp will use all four of the sites (Deer Park, Chaldercot, Rathane and Telford) but church groups will be kept together as much as possible.
Bible Teaching – There will be four Big Gatherings over the weekend with everyone from the four sites coming together to hear our Speaker teach from the Bible. There will also be time in small groups for discussion and questions. These small groups are led by the leaders from each church group.
Activities – There will be a range of activities including 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 $159. There is the opportunity to make a contribution towards supporting another child to attend camp when you register and because of the generosity of many, we can subsidize the cost for those who need it. All kids and leaders get a camp t-shirt too!
Special Needs – We do cater 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 we need to make the weekend a success for your child.
Partnering with Churches – The Youthworks Ministry Support team runs Square 1 with the view of partnering with local churches and parents in their ministry to children. We take care of all the admin, planning and preparation of the camp so that groups can come and enjoy the weekend. There is plenty of time for friendships to be strengthened, memories made and discussion flowing from the Bible talks. As well as getting to know the kids better, 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 2 or 3 kids and that is fine!
Parents – The Coordinator for each church group is the first person to contact with questions but Youthworks are also happy to help. We will provide resources so that parents can talk with their children before and after camp about what they are learning. Parents will be emailed a list of items to pack a few weeks before camp.
Parents are also invited to join the kids for lunch on Sunday and the last Big Gathering. Please RSVP by selecting the appropriate box when registering. This is a great way to see what the kids have been learning and meet friends and leaders. More information will be sent out to those who are attending.
What to do next?
Contact your local church leaders about bringing a group to Square 1!
Church leaders please email Square 1 Director Annemarie Rivers firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Registrations will open before you know it!!
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