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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

Informed Apologetics Camp

Mission – To equip the next generation with a comprehensive biblical worldview, so that it resonates with them, and makes them active champions of it.

Do you want to grow in your faith and deepen your knowledge of the Bible and how it applies in our culture and world?

Then this is the camp for you! Aimed at late teens and young adults ages 15-20 (school year 10 and up), we will tackle some challenging biblical worldview and apologetics topics—worldviews in conflict, sexuality and gender identity, and the origin of life and Darwinian evolution.

We have several speakers, including Todd Funk of Thinking Matters NZ. They will equip and encourage you to form a biblical worldview on these controversial worldview topics and challenge you to stand for Christ in your school, in your classes, and among your friends.

In addition, we will build relationships, engage in conversation, play some games, eat yummy food, sing around a campfire, and enjoy God’s creation.

Space is limited to 30 campers, so make sure to sign up early and spread the word to your friends!

 

 

Social media - Darwinism - Gender Identity - Christian Worldview - Origin Of Life - Sexuality

 

 

2023 Summer Pony Camp: Knights and Ladies

Here at CYC we love all things equine and we want to share this love with you – learn to ride, do cool activities on your horses and make new friends.

This Pony Camp will teach the basics of horse care and horseback riding. Daily activities will include: safety around horses, grooming, tacking, leading horses, and horseback riding. The girls will learn respect and responsibility through hands on care while learning about all aspects of horses. All based around our years theme of Knights and Ladies.

Each camper is assigned their own horse to ride and care for the entire week. This “ownership” opportunity makes the riding experience more rewarding and introduces campers to the responsibilities and joys of having their own horse.

2023 Horse Trek Camp

About this Camp

Lush green hills…

Cool fresh forests…

Rolling sand dunes and crisp salt air….

What’s the one thing that could make these beautiful vistas better?

       Taking them in from the back our your favourite four legged friend of course!

Important to know before enrolling

  • This very popular camp is limited to 12 spaces
  • Our horse and pony camps are enrolled on the basis of riding ability (rather than first enrolled first in). This is because we only have so many horses suited to each rider ability level so can take only so many beginner riders, only so many intermediate riders and only so many experienced riders.

2022 Techno Camp

About this Camp

  • Love computers – so do we and we thought lets get 20 of them and run a sweet camp for all those hard core gamers out there.

Counter Strike, Team Fortress, Crysis and other games have been played in the past at this sweet camp.

But don’t think its just computers we do at camp …. not at all … in the past we have also:

  • Played the epic game that is Archery Tag
  • used GPS’s with a twist
  • Raced Drones
  • Played paintball
  • Made epic lego projects
  • Used VR sets
 

There are only 20 spaces at this extremely popular camp – so get in early and Enrol online now.

2022 Spring Co-Ed Camp

Come along and join us in the October school holidays for a EPIC week! Discovery the mysteries and adventures as we travel to a time of knights, castles, quests at our Camelot themed camp. This is a co-ed intermediate camp that is action packed with fun. It is a great way to meet new friends and be part of the CYC family for the week.

Epic things you'll find at camp

From Zipline, Archery and Air rifles to mountain boarding and archery tagging there are going to be so many awesome activities at this camp. You will also experience YUMMY food, lots of laughter, encouraging talks and lots of team building and team challenges that will fit into the mystery of Camelot – you can only experience the adventure if you come along, see you there…

2022 Junior Tramping Camp

This camp is full!

When? Monday the 3rd of October 2022 – Thursday 6th of October 2022

Where?  We will be tramping the stunning Hollyford track

Who?  Boys and Girls in school years 7 – 10

Cost? $280 pp (CYC Sponsorship is available)

The Hollyford Track

We are heading into northern Fiordland National Park to tramp part of the Hollyford Track through to the stunning Lake Alabaster.
The track takes us along floor of an ancient glacial valley that once stretched from the Southern Alps all the way to the Tasman sea.
The track itself travels along a beautiful formed track and as it follows the valley floor there are no major mountains to climb – in
fact the highest point on the track is 180 metres above sea level (Little Homer Saddle) . The track takes us right into the midst of
the Southern Alps and snow capped peaks without really gaining much altitude above sea level.
We will be staying in public DOC huts (and tenting if there is a lack of space in the huts), this means there maybe members of the
public sharing the spaces we are using.

Essentials you need to know before

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.

Some camp features

Previous 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