2015 CYC Family Camp

Come away to our annual church families camp for a refreshing break – let us do the cooking for you!!!

With refreshing speakers, good food and activities for the kids – family camp is an ideal holiday for those wanting a break


Listen to the 2015 Family Camp talks here.

View photos from the 2015 Family Camp here.

Dates:  Monday 13th April 2015 – Friday 17th April 2015
Price:  Donation to cover costs
Camp Venue:  Main Lodge @ CYC Waihola
Camp Age Group:  All Ages – however young people under 16 need to have an adult responsible for them also at the camp.

About Family Camp

CYC Family Camp is a camp of fellowship, teaching, discussion, great fun, good food and above all getting closer to God through His scriptures.

The camp is for all families, couples and individuals that desire a deeper grasp of the historic faith of the Scriptures. CYC Waihola puts together this camp believing that the Bible is fully inspired by God and is the final authority on all matters of the Christian faith.

The CYC Council expects campers to attend all meetings, fully support the camp programme and happily observe the posted camp rules. You will also be expected to assist with camp duties

Accommodation at Camp

There is limited accommodation that is available to those who attend as a family in our chalets and bunk-rooms – our on-site accommodation is allocated after registrations close, according to most need.
CYC also has caravan points or you may choose to stay off site in local motels, camping grounds or B&B’s.

Activities at Camp

  • Childrens program for Primary school aged children will be looked after Family Worship during the morning speaking sessions in the downstairs area under the kitchen.
  • Teenagers will be expected to attend the first of the speaking session in the morning. After the evening session there will be a teenage program for them to attend with parental permission.
  • Family Activities Each afternoon at camp there will be organised activities for families – these may include geocaching, paint-ball, adventure-based activities, treasure hunts, family tabloid sports competition.

Camp Speakers

  • Dr. Bob Smart is coming all the way from the USA to be out main speaker. Bob has served at Christ Church, Illinois since 1993. In 2008 Bob completed hisdoctorate on Jonathan Edwards from the University of Wales. Bob often speaks at conferences, on mission trips, and has authored two books on revival. Bob and Karen love their children and their eight grandchildren. Bob, Karen (wife), Lizzy (daughter) are looking forward to their fellowship together with hope in the Lord. Bob plans to talk on the Psalms in the Morning and Genesis 1-3 in the Evening.
  • Dr. Stuart Johnson lives in Dunedin with his wife Gail. They have three daughters, one at university and two at school. Stuart is an historian of nineteenth-century Evangelical Christianity and is Associate-Principal of Grace Theological College. He preaches regularly, and has had a hand in campus ministry since 1990. Stuart will be speaking on four big Bible themes: the Fall, Exodus, Land, and Exile. He thinks Family Camp is great and that you should come.
  • Rev. David Bayne was born in Ashburton and grew up on a farm nearby. He is married to Lynda and they have seven adult children and three grand-children. He has studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has served as a minister in the RCNZ for a number of years before being involved in the process of establishing GPNZ.  He is currently Stated Clerk for them and serves as minister of the Ashburton / Fairlie congregations. David will be speaking on “Christianity comes to the south” – this will be a follow on from last year’s talks about the Gospel coming to New Zealand, he will focus on the Free Church Settlement and consequent developments.


Cost of Camp

There is no fixed charge for the camp however it does cost CYC to run this camp so it is expect that those attending will contribute what they can. Click here for donation information.


Arrival and Departure Details

You can arrive at camp from 4.30pm to start unpacking and setting up but the official Family Camp program starts with tea in the Main Lodge at CYC Waihola at 5.30pm on Monday evening (13th April) and finishes on Friday (17th April) after lunch and clean-up about 2pm.
You will find CYC Waihola on Finlayson Road, about one kilometre from State Highway One in Waihola. In Waihola turn left away from the lake at the Challenge Service Station. You will find the Main Lodge on the left at the camp in the end of the gravel drive.


Register for Camp

It is important that you register for Family Camp as we have limited accommodation available and we can only cater for a certain number of people for the weekend.
Registrations close on 6th April 2014 or earlier if we have reached capacity.

Please register online here or by filling in the form and sending it to us in the mail or email it to us at info@cycwaihola.org.nz

Registrations close on 1st April or earlier if we have reached capacity.

Free Family Picnic Day

As part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations over Labour Weekend 2013 we are holding a free family picnic day for families. Invite all your friends and family to try our some of our awesome activities and show them what CYC has to offer – all for free.

Starts at 10.30am and will finish around 3.30pm – register your interest in coming on our facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/events/454956937933004/

Cost for the Day

The Family Day is completely free – there is no cover charge or cost to have a go on the activities. Donations are welcome to cover the cost of running the day.

The only exception is the Paint-ball which will cost $10 per game – see below for paint-ball conditions.


  • Flying Fox (age limit 6+)
  • Archery (age limit 5+)
  • Go Carts (age limit 6+)
  • Paint-ball (age limit 10+) ($10 cover cost)
  • Horizontal Bungy (age limit 5+)
  • Horse Rides (no age limits)
  • Geocaching (no age limits) – bring your own GPS device if you have one otherwise you can borrow one of the camps.
  • Assault Course (age of suitability – 6+)
  • Playground (no age limits)
  • Massive inflatable Obstacle Course (age range 5 – 8 years old)
  • Bouncy Castle (under 5 years old)

Picnic Lunch

CYC Waihola has beautiful park-like surrounds so bring a picnic lunch and rug to sit on and enjoy our wonderful grounds. We will be running a sausage sizzle and the canteen for people purchase a sausage. Sausage, onions, sauce and bread will cost you $2.50 each (they are big delicious sausages) or buy some lollies from the canteen.

Paint-ball Conditions

  • Games are limited to only one game per person on picnic day – if you love paintball then come back to our twice yearly paint-ball days
  • Paint-ball has a high risk of injury and CYC Waihola or the paintball operator will not be held accountable for any injury sustained to person or property.
  • All persons must be at least 10 years of age to play unless permission has been granted and signed for by the caregiver of the child on the day.
  • The provided protective headgear must be worn at all times inside the arena
  • Shoes must be worn during gameplay.
  • Paint-ball ammunition must be purchased from CYC Waihola.
  • The CYC Waihola camp-site is an alcohol free and smoke-free area at all times. No alcohol is permitted to be brought onto the property
  • All instructions of the paint-ball operator and CYC Waihola staff must be adhered to for safety reasons.
  • Game-play will be organised as a first come first served basis on the day – all game play will finish at 3.30pm.
  • Personal Paint-ball markers used on the day must be used with our purchased paint-balls and must fire at slower than 290fps.

Wet Weather Contingency Plans

Unfortunately if the weather is wet then we will publish notice of cancellation on this website and on our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/cycwaihola

2013 Family Camp Talks

 Here are the talks from the 2013 family camp:

Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound?! – Romans 1-8 – Mark Cooper-White

Talk One – One MESSAGE, one METHOD (Romans 1:1-17) – Talk 1

  • Cash Cowboys and Speeches That Changed The World
  • Christians ‘already in’ Rome – Acts 21-41
  • Remember Saul? Paul? – Acts 7, 8 & 9.
  • God has only ONE message of salvation – Romans 1:1-7
  • God has only ONE method – Romans 1:16-17
  • Romans: the speech that changed our world Pick the treasures from it.

Talk Two – What’s wrong with the world?(Romans 1:18 – 3:8) – Talk 2

  • The New Black
  • God’s wrath is being revealed – Romans 1:18-32
    • Swap better for worser
    • Getting what is asked for
    • Coming back to God
  • Good people need God’s forgiveness.- Romans 2:1-11
  • People who’ve never heard about God need God’s forgiveness. – Romans 2:12-16
  • Jews who have God’s Law need God’s forgiveness – Romans 2:17-24
  • Rosaria’s stor y – Romans 3:20-24
    • No matter who you are or what you’ve done there is forgiveness
    • Read Rosaria’s full story here – http://tinyurl.com/bge73g8

Talk Three – The FIX for the Mess (Romans 3:9-31) – Talk 3

  • Courtroom Drama!
  • How can GOD let people o? – Romans 3.20-24
  • We’ve got a problem:
    • A few non-solutions (Romans 1.18-32, Romans 2.1-11, Romans 2.12-16, Romans 2.17-3.20)
    • The Satisfactory Solution (Romans 3.25, Philippians 2.6-11, 1 Peter 3.18)
  • The CROSS! – Romans 3:25-26
  • Can you fix my headlights?
  • God’s Proper fixx means freedom from religion, fear, uncertainty

Talk Four – It ’s ALWAYS been this way(Romans 4) – Talk 4

  • The seven most expensive words in business
  • Things are changing – Romans 3:21-31
  • Things are not changing – Romans 4:1-12
  • It’s always been this way
  • Adopting new ways

Talk Five – THE Demonstration of Love(Romans 5) – Talk 5

  • ANZAC DAY signicance
  • Through Jesus we have
    • Peace (Romans 5:1)
    • Joy (Romans 5:2)
    • Hope (Romans 5:3)
    • Love (Romans 5:5)
  • All based on Christ’s death – Romans 5:6-11
  • Adam wrecked it, Jesus repaired it – Romans 5:12-19
  • Why would you go anywhere else!?!?

Talk Six – Who’s paying your way?(Romans 6) – Talk 6

  • Earning wages in a sucky job
  • Two questions about God’s Amazing Grace and our sin
    • sin so Grace increases? (Romans 6:1-14)
      • Dead on the Cross
      • Risen with Jesus
    • sin because under Grace? (Romans 6:15-23)
      • Still Slaves whether you like it or not
      • To sin, or To Jesus
  • Common misunderstandings about Amazing Grace
    • Galatians 2:20
    • Philippians 2:12-13
    • Luke 13:24
    • Matthew 25:30
    • Titus 2:11-14
  • Grace is not a licence to be lazy – it’s a Summons to Slavery!

Talk Seven – The Daily Struggle(Romans 7) – Talk 7

  • Knights in white satin
  • Three Questions in chapter 7:
    • Do you not know believers have died to law? (verses 1-6)
      • Released from law
      • Serve by the Spirit
    • Is the law sin? (verses 7-14)
      • Law brings sin to life
      • Sin must be seen as sin
    • Who will rescue us from our guilt? (verses 15-25)
      • The daily struggle against sin
  • Please save me, Jesus!

Talk Eight – A battle we can never lose (Romans 8) – Talk 8

  • For Whom does God work? – Romans 8:28
  • God’s purpose for your life – Romans 8:29
  • The believer’s obligation – Romans 8:12
  • All of Grace – Romans 8:30-34, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:35-39
  • God the Rescuer working for the good of sinners!

The Sovereignty of God – Romans – Stuart Johnson

Transformed by the renewing of your Mind – David Bayne


2013 Camp Volunteer Training

CYC Waihola is keen as mustard for our camps to be filled with passionate leaders with a real desire to reach young people for God.

The training summer edition is running 14th – 16th June 2013 at the Main Lodge @ CYC Waihola.

Please email kidscamps@cycwaihola.org.nz to register now.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a natural born leader or just like to work away in the background we would love to have you attend our camp as a cabin leader, junior leader, cook, speaker or perhaps you would be a great mum or dad around camp.

The weekend is FREE!!!! (We do however welcome your donations to cover food and costs).

We will learn about (amongst other things):
– Evangelism training
– How to give your testimony
– Leadership within a camp environment
– Rules at Camp

And learn how to run camp activities such as:
– flying fox
– go carts
– archery
– air rifles
– kayaking .

Plus all those that attend get a free game of paint-ball in our new paint-ball arena!!!!

If you have attended the leadership camp before then we welcome you to come along and share your experiences and join in the fellowship with future leaders.

All leaders must be 15 years or older to attend this camp and it is required for all those wishing to be leaders at CYC camps.
Please RSVP before 10th June 2013 to register your interest as places are limited.

2013 Family Camp

Find photos from the 2013 family camp here

Our family camp is a time for church families to take a break and come and hang out together for a time of fellowship.


29th April – 3rd May 2013

2013 Speakers

  • Mark Cooper-Whitehas been married to Lois since 1988. Now empty nesters, they have two adult children, Jack & Shelley, who love Jesus, music, computers, technology and all that stuff. Mark & Lois have been in full time since Christian ministry since January 1991. They helped grow Yamba Presbyterian Church from 1994 to 2008, and since then have been working to grow Bangalow Presbyterian Church. Mark enjoys Lois, music, talking to people, motorcycles, camping, shing, shooting etc. Lois loves quilting and peace and quiet. They both enjoy visiting NZ!
    Mark will be opening up Paul’s letter to the Romans with the theme “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound?!” This great letter is a part of the bible that has literally changed the world. And it is  still changing the world through the good news of Jesus.
  • Stuart Johnson lives in Dunedin with his wife Gail and their three daughters. He teaches for the Grace Theological College at the Dunedin Branch, he preaches for Grace Bible Church in Dunedin, and is involved in the campus ministry of Engage Otago.
    Stuart plans to give speak on the topic of ‘The Sovereignty of God’, including one ‘big-picture’ talk, along with three case studies from Job, Joseph and Daniel.
  • David Bayne was was born in Ashburton and grew up on a farm nearby. He is married to Lynda and they have seven adult children and two grand-children. He has studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has served as a minister in the RCNZ for a number of years before being involved in the process of establishing GPNZ. He is currently Stated Clerk for them and  serves as minister of the Ashburton / Fairlie congregations.
    The theme for David’s talks will be “Transformed by the renewal of your mind” and will present a Christian World View covering four major areas: View of God, View of Self, View of Others View of Creation.


There is no fixed charge for the camp however it does cost CYC Waihola to run this camp so it is expect that those attending will contribute what they can.

Download Form

Register now by emailing info@cycwaihola.org.nz or downloading and posting in the registration form below. Registrations close 12th April.