Life Teen Summer Camp

Parish Registrations Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about coming to the Best Camp Ever? We’re here to help with any and every question you might have!

My parish wants to come to camp! How do we sign up?

Registration requests open on 15 August 2021 and close 15th October 2021! Once those open, there are three simple steps to follow to sign your parish up for camp.
1. Register your parish using the link
2. You will be sent a code within a week
3. Your teenagers can register themselves individually using your code or group leaders can register their group.
Please note: there are two options for payment
– Teenagers pay individually when they register OR
– Parish pays all together by 15th November 2021 (a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required within 14 days of registering)

My son or daughter wants to come to camp but doesn’t have a parish to come with. Can I sign up an individual camper?

One of our big focuses at Life Teen Summer Camp is parish-based discipleship. We want campers to come and grow in their faith, as well as grow closer with their parish family. Therefore, we require all campers to come to camp with a parish.

We recommend checking with other parishes in your area to see if they’re bringing a group, or just start a group yourself! All you need to come to camp is at least two teens, and at least one chaperone of the same gender as your teens.

Speaking of chaperones, how many does my parish need to bring?

The ratio this year is 1:8 – that is, one chaperone for up to eight campers. If your group comprises both male and female campers, you will need at least one male and one female chaperone. Otherwise there is no requirement for gender-specific chaperones (please note this is a change to previous years). Chaperones must be aged over 18 years old, with at least one over 21 years old in January 2022 and have met local diocesan safeguarding requirements (including a police check). Each group must have one group leader who will receive all communications from our Camps Team.

Ages of campers

All campers aged between 13 and 17 years old by 1st January 2022 are welcome to register.

If you are going to be 18 by the 1st January we encourage you to apply to be a summer missionary.

When does camp begin and end?

Camp dates for 2022 are 18th – 22nd January. Check in for camp happens between 1:00 and 3:00pm on start day. Please ensure your group arrives between these two times as everyone in the group needs to be present before you can register your arrival at camp. The group leaders will have a mandatory meeting with our leadership team at 3pm and the introduction session for teens will begin at 4pm.

All parishes will leave camp by 2pm on finish day.

Where will our groups sleep?

Due to the different ratios of male to female campers each week, we cannot provide exact housing information until you arrive. We will do our best to house your entire group together and we will never put one teen from your group by themselves. We will give you a housing assignment but leave the assignment of specific campers to beds within these designated rooms up to you.

At our Life Teen Summer Camps our Health and Safety policy requires that adults cannot share sleeping or showering space with a minor unless in a bunk room with at least two (2) adults present.

What exactly happens at camp?

The Life Teen Summer Camps Leadership Team plans, prepares, and facilitates the programming, liturgies and activities for each day. Each day you’ll experience Mass and other powerful prayer experiences. Our key sessions, led by a dynamic speaker, will break open scriptural topics to lead your teens into a more authentic encounter with Christ. Once during the week the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. All of this alongside an obstacle course, messy games, plenty of free time and much more. Each day campers will enjoy three delicious meals. Before your week, the group leader will receive an overview schedule of the week to help you prepare to lead your teens best!

Is sponsorship available to come to camp?

Life Teen is dedicated to getting as many teens to encounter Jesus Christ at summer camp as possible. We heavily subsidised the registration fee each camper pays to attend summer camp to make it as accessible as we can. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any further sponsorship for parish groups but suggest that you explore different ways to fundraise with your group to allow finance to not get in the way. There are many creative ways to approach fundraising and we suggest your group begin this well in advance of registration deadlines.

Still have questions?

Please feel free to contact the Summer Camps team any time! We’re here to help answer any questions and provide as much assistance as possible!

Tracey McHaffie – Camp Coordinator
summercamp@lifeteen.nz