Junior Ichthus

Date: Sunday 29 September to Friday 4 October 2019
Venue: PCYC Bornhoffen, Gold Coast Hinterlands
For: Grades 7– 9 in 2019

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1.       What is Junior Ichthus 2019?

Junior Ichthus is a six day/ five night residential camp during the September/October school holidays. It is an exciting holiday experience that challenges young people to step outside their comfort zones through participation in group and individual activities. Junior Ichthus also give the participants opportunities to form and strengthen new and existing friendships and to spend time in group discussion. All of this takes place in a safe Christian community that encourages participants to meet the God who challenges us to step out and live a life of faith in Jesus.

Ichthus camps have been around since 2002. Many of the leaders on these camps grew up attending them.

The word Ichthus comes from Koine Greek, where it means ‘fish’. In Koine Greek, it is also an acronym for “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Saviour”.

2.       When is Junior Ichthus 2019?

Junior Ichthus is now back to it’s normal camp schedule of starting at 2pm on Sunday afternoon on the 29th of September and finishing at 11am Friday the 4th of October.

3.       Where is Junior Ichthus 2019?

Junior Ichthus is held at PCYC Bornhoffen in the Gold Coast Hinterlands at 3510 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge QLD 4211.

4.       What is the cost?

The total cost to attend Junior Ichthus 2019 is $275.00. Part and full subsidies are sometimes available. If you need assistance with this please contact Erica Skerman on 07 3514 7412.

Registration close Monday the 16th of September. We are unable to process registrations after this date due to strict catering deadlines.

5.       Who can attend the camp?

Anyone in Grade 7, 8, or 9 in 2019.

 6.       What can participants expect to experience?

This year we will be taking advantage of being in the beautiful valley near the Gold Coast to include a wide range of activities which will be decided upon soon.  A key aspect of the camp is the worship and small group time, giving the participants a chance to discuss and reflect with other participants their own age on what the Spiritual Director’s talks mean to them.

 7.       Who is running Junior Ichthus?

Junior Ichthus is overseen by the Ministry Education Commission of the Diocese of Brisbane (Anglican Church of Australia). Jonathan Kemp (Director of Youth, Children’s and Families Ministry) and Erica Skerman (Diocesan Camps Coordinator) provide direct oversight and logistical support to the team of volunteers leaders.

The Camp Directors of Junior Ichthus 2019 are Melissa Scheuch and Howard Greaver. Melissa is a back to direct Junior again this year and has been heavily involved in both the Ichthus Ministry and across various parishes in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Howard is also a returning camp director of Junior Ichthus and has a strong connection to our ministry and also been heavily involved with Youth ministry at Logan Anglican Parish and is now at St John’s Bulimba.

The Spiritual Director for Junior Ichthus 2019 is once again Rev Daniel Berris, rector of North Lakes Anglican Church.

Junior Ichthus 2019 is led by a team of around 20 volunteers. All leaders complete thorough pre-camp training – and depending on their role, they may be required to have further training or qualifications. For more information on becoming a leader, please refer to: /camping/leaders/

All Junior Ichthus leaders who are over 18 have current Blue Cards or the equivalent.  Before camp, all Blue Cards and Exemption Cards are validated, via the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.  We also require all leaders who are 18 and over to complete the Safe Ministry Check and work through the Diocese of Brisbane Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

You can find more information on Blue Cards at the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardians website (http://www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/). More information about the Safe Ministry Check can be found at Safe Ministry and to view the Child Protection Policy and Procedures go to Protection Policy for Children & Young People.

8.       Do participants need to be Anglican or Christian?

No – there is no requirement for participants to be Anglican or Christian. There will be Christian input and worship throughout the week. Participants are expected to respect the faith and beliefs of others and can expect to have their own faith and beliefs respected.

 9.       How do participants register?

Register online now at – www.aycf.org.au/camping/registration/

10.   What happens if my child gets hurt or sick?

All care is taken to prevent injuries and illness on camp, but sometimes accidents happen.  For all activities, on and off site, there will be a designated first aid officer accompanying each group. Should anything happen, we will apply first aid as required and if warranted travel to Accident and Emergency, or call an Ambulance. We will make every effort to speak to the emergency contacts nominated on the registration form as soon as possible. Our camps are drug and alcohol free events (including cigarettes) which applies to both campers and leaders. If you believe this is going to be an issue, please contact us sooner rather than later.

 11.   How can my Parish or School support Junior Ichthus?

Your Parish or School can support Ichthus camps in a number of ways.

·      By promoting it. You can find promotional material on this website, or Contact Us for more hard copies.

·       By sponsoring participants. Many of the participants of past Ichthus camps have been sponsored by their Parish in whole or part. Some Parishes sponsor participants from local schools or other parishes.

·       By making a donation to the camp. Ichthus camps are not run to make a profit, but we aim to cover costs. Donations help us keep the price down.

·       By finding future leaders. The teams for Ichthus camps are organised many months before the camp, but we are always on the lookout for leaders for future camps.  Prospective leaders should apply here.

12.   What do I need to bring to camp?

Packing lists are sent out the week after registrations close.

13.   How do I get to/from the campsite?

We ask that parents/guardians provide transport for their children to/from the campsite.

Campsite Address:

3510 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge QLD 4211