Why camp exists
Core beliefs of the Camp
requirements for those
ministering at camp
Introduction & Mission
Scope: This philosophy overview extends to each of
the three youth camps conducted alternately by the
Clarence Valley Independent Baptist Church and the
Coffs Harbour Bible Church.
The Junior and Senior Youth Camps have
been operating for over 20 years to
evangelise and edify children and young
people through the ministry of the Word
The camps are designed to be an
extension of a local church youth ministry,
where children and young people have
the opportunity to be immersed in a
Biblically spiritual environment.
The Word of God is central at all camps.
Regular preaching, Bible studies and
counselling times all contribute towards
the spiritual environment of camp.
But it is also our belief that if the Word of
God is to triumph in hearts at camp, then
camp must be set apart from the world
and its distractions. There can be no
friendship with that which God has
declared His enemy. (James 4:4)
Each camp is overseen by a local church.
This church supplies a camp director and
manages the finances for the camp.
The camp director is in charge of planning,
leading, organising and controlling the
Beliefs & Practice
Core beliefs and practices of the camp
The camps are unashamedly conservative.
The following doctrinal position reflects that of
the local churches responsible for running the
We are non-charismatic
We use only the King James Version of
We are opposed to the Ecumenical
movement and to compromising
doctrine for the sake of 'unity'
We are opposed to the use of Christian
We openly teach young-earth
We promote a premillennial
We submit to legal requirements unless
such requirements contradict the clear
teaching of Scripture
As a result of the stated doctrinal position and
in order to maintain a spiritual environment at
camp the following practices are adopted:
Males and females are to be
accommodated in separate areas and
are not permitted to enter the
accommodation of the opposite sex.
Physical relationships involving
clubbers will be actively discouraged at
Bullying or other forms of abuse will not
Camp is a non-smoking zone.
If any person at camp persists in
displaying an unwillingness to submit to
authority, or becomes a danger to
themselves or others they will be
removed from the camp.
1Cor. 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Camp staff fulfil a vital role at camp. They are
entrusted with the welfare of children and young
people for the duration of camp, and also have a
unique opportunity to represent and exalt the Lord
Jesus Christ. For this reason, those that desire to
minister at camp should be walking worthy of this
The camp staff are classified into three general
groups at camp.
It is the responsibility of each attending Church to
provide an adequate amount of leaders to supervise
their own group and to ensure that those leaders are
of a trustworthy and godly character.
The camp Commander assists the Director in running
the camp. The Commander assists in managing issues
related to the campsite and any issues pertaining to
clubbers or leaders that may require more time than
the Director could provide.
Each attending church is responsible for ensuring that
every adult coming to camp has been verified under
the NSW New Working With Children Check (the
Check) or its interstate equivalent. In the interests of
ensuring a safe and supportive environment at camp,
only adults who have been verified under the Check
will be permitted to attend camp.
The camp Director is responsible for the running of
the camp. They run the program, make executive
decisions, lead meeting times, etc.
The Games Director, Games Assistants, Camp Cooks
(unless catered), and other people deemed necessary
by the Director to run the camp.
Team leaders are placed on teams and in dorms in
order to minister to campers. They counsel clubbers,
lead devotions (where necessary), lead their team in
games and quizzes, and ensure that their team abides
by the rules and upholds the spiritual values of the
2Cor. 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the
Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For more information regarding the camps please contact either of the Churches below.
Clarence Valley Baptist Church
PO Box 817
Grafton, NSW 2460
(02) 6642 5743
Coffs Harbour Bible Church
26 Hi-Tech Drive
Toormina, NSW 2452
(02) 6658 4275