Thinking Matters Camp South: Game On

Do you know any teens or young adults who want to grow their faith in Christ, deepen their knowledge of the Bible, and learn how to apply a biblical worldview to the difficult questions facing our culture? Then this camp is for them!

Aimed at late teens and young adults ages 15-20, we will take on some of the most challenging worldview and apologetics topics our day.

We have several speakers, including Brendan Malone of Lifenet, Ric Sun of Life International, and Mark James of Creation Ministries, who will equip and encourage students as they learn how to think biblically in all aspects of life. They will challenge students to stand for Christ in the classroom, in the workplace, and with their friends.

In addition, students will build relationships, engage in conversation, play fun games, eat great food, visit the beach, sing around a campfire, and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

Space is limited to 40 campers, so sign up early and spread the word to your friends!

2023 Girls Summer Camp

About This Camp

Join our Summer Girls Treasure Camp

This Treasure themed camp will include all your favourite CYC activities – some with a twist!

We will be searching for and creating our own treasures while learning about where we can find true and lasting treasure.

Come and enjoy a week of fun and outdoor adventure!

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp…

Archery Tag​

Disc Golf

Mountain Boarding

GeoCaching

Rifle Shooting

Archery

Zip Lining

2023 Boys Summer Camp

About This Camp

 Join our Summer Boys where you will be on a quest to find the pearl of great price and the hidden treasure.

You will qualify for quests that CYC is famous for.

Daily quintessential quests will satisfy all. Enjoy a quadrangle quest, a quick quest and a quirky quest.

A whole week of indoor and outdoor adventures.

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp…

Archery Tag​

Disc Golf

Mountain Boarding

GeoCaching

Rifle Shooting

Archery

Zip Lining

2022 Backcountry Tramping Camp

About this tramping camp

Our backcountry tramping camp is for older teenagers that have a bit more stamina. This year we head into the Mt Aspiring Wilderness up the Wikin River Valley near Lake Wanaka.

As an older teenage tramping camp you will need to have reasonable level of fitness (so start training now) and will need to carry all your own food and gear with you as you tramp.

Lake Crucible
Map of our tramping location

Location

We are tramping up the Wilkin River Valley into Mt Aspiring National Park. We will be staying in Siberia Hut in the midst of the mountains. 

We will be casually tramping on average 20km each day to a booked DoC hut along a tramping track. 

Over the four days of the tramp we will jetboat across the Makarora River, tramp up the stunning Wilkin River Valley to Siberia Hut. Take day trips to the beatitful and secludded Lake Crucible and tramp up to the Gillespie Pass with amazing mountain views of Mt Awful … so called because it fills one full of awe!

Itinerary

Coming soon…

Upper Siberia Valley

Our Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts

We will be staying in a booked DoC backcountry hut we have spaces booked in.

Fun and Games

With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.


* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Testimonials from previous tramping camps...

The tramping camp down the Hollyford [in 2019] was one of the best CYC camps I've ever been on.
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Camper
It was my first tramp and I had no idea what I was doing but that tramping trip down the South Coast was one of my best memories as a teenager. Now I'm in my twenties I'm still doing lots of tramping
Anon
2013 Tramping Camp Camper
I just wanted to thank you very much for the tramp in the Hollyford. [My daughter] loved it and she has been talking about it a lot since ... [she] came back further encouraged spiritually
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Parent
Daises on the way to Lake Crucible

Essentials to know before you enroll...

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 20km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.
View of the Siberia Valley from Gillespie Pass

Fellowship day – 28th August 2021

Plan for the day:

  • Meet at the Main Lodge at 9:30 am.
  • Spend the morning doing various tasks around the campsite, spring cleaning, gardening/weeding, Maintanece. There will be a list of specific jobs on the day, don’t stress if you are not a skilled laborer there is a job for all!
  • Join us for a shared lunch to end the day, bring a plate to share, something will be provided so don’t stress. 
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What to bring…

If you are able to please bring the following items:

  • Personal Safety Equipment: Safety glasses, Gardening gloves, Earmuffs, Etc.
  • Bring/Wear Gumboots & clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy.
  • Bring any spades, Shovels, gardening gloves, planting gear you have.
  • If you can bring a plate for a shared lunch we will have something to cover if you don’t bring anything.
  • Any Pruning gear you have.

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RSVP to Fellowship Day.

 

2021 Backcountry Tramping Camp

About this tramping camp

Our backcountry tramping camp is for older teenagers that have a bit more stamina. This year we head into the glorious Greenstone and Caples Valleys near Fiordland.

As an older teenage tramping camp you will need to have reasonable level of fitness (so start training now) and will need to carry all your own food and gear with you as you tramp.

View of the start of the Caples Gorge
Map of our tramping location

Location

We are tramping up the Caples Valley and back down the Greenstone valleys with a side trip into Steele Creek.

We will be casually tramping on average 20km each day to private huts along a very good condition track down. We pass over the stunning Mckellor Pass and will explore side valley of Steele Creek. Along the way we will see  breath-taking views of Mt Tutoko (Fiordland’s highest mountain), the Caples Gorge (with beautiful hidden swimming hole) and Lake McKellor (a back-country lake only accessible by foot).

 

Itinerary

Coming soon…

View from Caples Valley into Fraser Creek

Our Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts

We will be staying in two private back-country huts* we have booked in the remote wilderness - these huts give us some shelter but are often cold meaning warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!

Fun and Games

With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.


* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Testimonials from previous tramping camps...

The tramping camp down the Hollyford [in 2019] was one of the best CYC camps I've ever been on.
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Camper
It was my first tramp and I had no idea what I was doing but that tramping trip down the South Coast was one of my best memories as a teenager. Now I'm in my twenties I'm still doing lots of tramping
Anon
2013 Tramping Camp Camper
I just wanted to thank you very much for the tramp in the Hollyford. [My daughter] loved it and she has been talking about it a lot since ... [she] came back further encouraged spiritually
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Parent
View down the Greenstone from Passburn Saddle

Essentials to know before you enroll...

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 20km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.

2021 Junior Tramping Camp

About this tramping camp

Our junior tramping camp is returning to the stunning Hollyford Valley where we ran our first Junior Tramping camp. It’s for anyone that  is keen on giving real tramping a try in the New Zealand backcountry.

As beginner tramping you will need to have reasonable level of fitness (so start training now) and will need to carry all your own food and gear with you as you tramp.

Location

We are tramping the first part of the Hollyford Track in Northern Fiordland.

We will be casually tramping on average 9km each day to DOC huts along a reasonably good condition track down the Lower Hollyford river valley. This brief-taking track takes in views of Mt Tutoko (Fiordland’s highest mountain), Hidden Falls (a stunning hidden waterfall) and Lake Alabaster (a back-country gem of a lake only accessible by foot).

 

Our Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts and Tents

We will be staying in public DOC back-country huts* in the remote wilderness - these huts give us some shelter but are often cold meaning warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!

* we also take tents just in case there is no room for us in the huts

Fun and Games

With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.


* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Testimonials from previous tramping camps...

The tramping camp down the Hollyford [in 2019] was one of the best CYC camps I've ever been on.
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Camper
It was my first tramp and I had no idea what I was doing but that tramping trip down the South Coast was one of my best memories as a teenager. Now I'm in my twenties I'm still doing lots of tramping
Anon
2013 Tramping Camp Camper
I just wanted to thank you very much for the tramp in the Hollyford. [My daughter] loved it and she has been talking about it a lot since ... [she] came back further encouraged spiritually
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Parent

Essentials to know before you enroll...

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 10km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.

Life of Abraham Bible Weekend (November 2021)

About this Camp:

Our Bible Weekend Camps are for young people who have a desire to delve into God’s Word deeply and richly exploring his will and desire for us as we study together. These camps explore God Holy Word and Christianity in a deeper way than CYC Waihola’s regular camps.

Inductive Bible Study:

DESCRIPTION ABOUT INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY HERE

Camp Features:

Camp Games

Give ArcheryTag a go or try out the famous Zipline during the weekend

Good Food

We'll be eating some awesome food over the weekend

Meet the Camp Director:

MEET JEFF

Jeff grew up in Salina, Kansas, USA, and trusted in Jesus at a youth camp as a boy. After university, he met and married Averil, a Kiwi, in 2008. He and Averil now have five children. Jeff served as a lawyer with the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2014, and then studied theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2016. He and Averil moved to Timaru in 2017 to found Firm Foundation New Zealand. In 2019, the family moved further south to Dunedin with the support of Cornerstone International Bible Church. Jeff is passionate about disciple making, the Bible, evangelism, and developing young Christian leaders. Jeff now serves as an elder at Caversham Community Church and continues to serve as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.

DIVE: The word of God (June 2021)

Due to lack of enrolments this camp has been cancelled for this year!

About this Camp:

Our Worldview Camps are for young people who have a desire to know more about God and to strengthen their Christian faith. These camps explore the Christianity in a deeper way than CYC Waihola’s regular camps. Campers will learn reasons to be confident in what they believe as Christians. 

At our DIVE weekend we will explore:

  • The doctrine of the word
  • What the bible is
  • How to read the Bible
  • How to establish a quiet time with God

Meet the Camp Director:

MEET GEOFF LLOYD 

Geoff and his wife Sara moved to Southland from Wales in 2014. Geoff is pastor of Wyndham Evangelical Church and Sara works as a writer. They have two young children