Victorian Young Revivalists’ Camps


Young Revivalists’ Camp 2017 was, undeniably, a rousing success. Choruses were sung at belting volumes, canoes were capsized, teams were built up and pushed to their limits, sausages were burnt and the damper was, as always, burnt on the outside, raw and gooey on the inside.

Every year Victorian assemblies play host to kids from far and wide of all shapes, sizes and dispositions. Camp provides an exciting and unique opportunity for Revival Centre Church’s younger members to run the show. Kids run the meetings, give the talks, make up the band, sing for us and perform for us! And of course, we put them well and truly through their paces. The three teams of Rock, Shield and Sword (representative of this year’s theme of Weapons of Faith!), competed in team building activities, balancing on logs and swinging in to hoops, competed in the Great Weekaway Amazing Race and battled it out throughout camp culminating all their efforts to the final concert night. Of course there was plenty of time for activities! You couldn’t wander throughout camp without hearing a group filming a team video here or there, basketballs incessantly bouncing and simply laughter, always laughter.

Over the week we saw the coming and going of two groups, the older kids at Senior Camp (arriving with all the attitude they can muster) and the primary school aged kids at Junior Camp (arriving with more energy than they know what to do with). We send them all home utterly exhausted and with a renewed understanding and excitement for the church they’re a part of and their own individual walks with God. At camp, there’s no fear or judgement – any question can be asked and all concerns can be raised. Among their peers, lifting one another up, young people are able to take vital steps in knowing who they are in God’s plan.

Camp couldn’t happen without the tireless efforts of all our dedicated volunteers who give up hours upon hours to make sure everything from administration to filling-up-of-water-balloons gets done. So a huge thank you must be extended to all of our leaders (experienced and brand new), to Sam Smith for working as tirelessly as she does, to Kath Moodie and all her work organising and preparing before camp even begins and to Dan Warren-Smith, for turning up between outings for coffee to run the whole show. And of course! Thank you to the kids! Thank you for coming and making camp what it is and to all the parents who obligingly give up their kids for the week and who contribute in any and every way that they do. It’s much appreciated.

Hope to see you there next year!

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The Melbourne assembly in Australia began just after World War 2. It is the headquarters for the Revival Centres Church globally. It is composed of three centres: Central (in Box Hill), Southern (in Mt Eliza) and Western (in Williamstown).

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