Frequently Asked Questions

 

FOR CAMPERS AND PARENTS

I was wondering what to pack for camp. Will I get a packing list? 

Our welcome letter and packing list is usually sent out about a week or two before camp with all the information you need. There won’t be anything too out of the normal from school camp besides a party outfit for the final night (details will be in the letter), bibles, and some clothes that they can get messy in (a cheap white t-shirt is ideal).

Help! I missed the deadline and I’m hoping to still register my kid for camp!

Contact Erica directly on 3514 7412. 

I forgot to include an important detail such as dietary needs/dorm group allocation request etc on the registration form. 

All good, if you haven’t already – simply outline the details in an email and I will update the records.

I would like to register my kid for camp but I can’t afford the payment straight up. Can you help?

Not a problem, simple get in touch with Erica via email or phone

I’m inquiring about sponsorship – are there options? 

Yes there are. If it is within your ability, simply use the payment plan code to register your child and then send me an email at eskerman@ministryeducation.org.au letting me know that you inquiring for sponsorship and I will follow up when I return. If you are unable to pay that initially, please email me with your contact number and I will get back to you directly on my return.

I am having issues with Trybooking – Help!

Contact Erica directly on 3514 7412.

 

 

FOR CAMP LEADERS

What is the Ichthus vision/mission?

The goal for the Ichthus ministry is to strengthen and expand God’s community and provide a safe and welcoming environment in which young people can grow in their faith. While this is something we may not be able to measure quantifiably, helping young people to know and understand Jesus is something that we should all be aiming to achieve.

Our part in this may be small or it may be profound, and we may never know which.  In the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, “We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted knowing that they hold promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.”

How do I become a camp leader?

Only volunteer leaders who successfully complete the Leadership Application Process outlined above are considered for leadership at Ministry Education Commission events.

What is expected of a leader?

Please read the Leader Expectations here.

How many leaders are selected?

Typically we recruit 9 x Female Leaders and 6 x Male Leaders for each camp.

How do you choose the leaders?

A number of factors are considered when selecting camp leadership teams. These factors include, but are not limited to, the gender balance of the leadership team, the balance of leadership experience, camper:leader ratios and the ability of the applicant to be a Christian role model.

How do I know if I have been successful?

If you have been successful you will receive a formal email from AYCF advising that you have been Appointed to the role of camp leader. This email will detail which camp/s you have been appointed to and the dates and times of your team days. If you receive a letter indicating you have been Shortlisted, this means that we would love to have you lead on a camp but our current camp leader positions have been filled. If you have been unsuccessful in your application to lead on camps, you will be contacted to discuss this further.

What kind of training and support will I receive?

Before camp you will be expected to participate in training sessions delivered and/or recommended by AYCF. These sessions are designed to prepare you for your role as an effective camp leader.

In addition to this, leaders are expected to participate in personal pre-camp preparation as directed by the camp’s Spiritual Director.  Typically, this would be a Bible study to be carried out over a number of weeks. Spiritual Directors also prepare the study materials that campers will engage with. It is expected that all leaders have a thorough understanding of this material prior to camp.

During camp, you can expect that the Camp Director/s, and 2IC/s will support, mentor, guide and coach you to ensure the best possible experience for you and the campers.

Is there anything else I should know?

Our camps are drug and alcohol free events (including cigarettes) which applies to both campers and leaders. If you think this is going to be an issue, please contact us ASAP to discuss.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

You can contact the AYCF Camps Coordinator Erica Skerman on 07 3514 7412 or the AYCF Director Jonathan Kemp on 07 3514 7432.