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Get your gang prepped for a dance party like never before. Practice your robot dance moves, find yourself the most cutting-edge outfit ‘cos this year we are fast-forwarding to the future. Marty McFly would be proud.
THE GREATEST GAME SHOW EVER
Get a team together, name it and compete. It’s that simple! Round your team out with brains, brawn and belly to give yourselves the best chance at the game show of your lives. Bonus points for team outfits.
LATE NIGHT WORSHIP
Worship gatherings have become a cornerstone of Easter Camp over the years. EC17 will have some great local talent on stage bringing us into God’s presence together.
With the ‘Pause’ theme, this year’s extended Pilgrimage trail will be centre-stage for our young people. Jesus led a life of pilgrimage rhythms - both physically and spiritually - and Campers will be invited into that journey.
POP UP PAUSE STATIONS
Dotted around camp, Pause stations will invite us to take a seat, have a listen, lift our eyes and take a moment - even a few - to reflect on His amazing life given for us.
This space is always beautiful and we are working hard on installations that allow you to sit, reflect, be still and have your hearts and imaginations captured by the Jesus story told through art and wonder.
An overview of the programme
EVERYDAY IN THE PAVILION
With a combination of worship, speaking, performance and spoken word, the twice-daily main sessions are designed so that wherever you are at and however old you are, you can get heaps out of it. Our line-up of cool speakers will ensure something will hit you right in the heart and soul.
EVERYDAY WITH YOUR YOUTH GROUP
Small Group Sessions
In a large camp it is essential to keep close to your own youth community and so there will be ‘small group’ times after the main meetings where you meet together to discuss what God is doing. These are compulsory and will be organised by the leaders of your youth community.
This year Carey Baptist College and some other great presenters will be running the seminars and workshops. Make sure you make the most of these late afternoon sessions and bring a notebook and Bible to camp!
ALSO ON SITE
Don’t forget there will be lots of community-centred activities including sports, the skatepark, waterslide, mud-pit, seminars, human fooseball and the return of the tough guy/girl challenge. Come prepared!
Bringing the goodness
Los Angeles, USA
This year we welcome Micah Bournes back to camp. Micah is a spoken word poet and communicator, joining us all the way from Los Angeles, US. Micah weaves themes of justice through compelling poetry - he is not one to be missed.
Carey Baptist College
Jo is trained in areas of trauma, abuse and sexual health, working with CYFS, Carey Baptist College and developing materials in these areas for teens. Jo lives in Auckland, is married to Dave and is raising two young boys. She is an excellent communicator.
Link Church, Hamilton
Aaron’s pursuit of Wairua Tapu and his passion for both the sound and the story of this land is both challenging and contagious. He believes deeply in cultural reconciliation, is part of leading Link Church in Hamilton and loves rugby league, touch, and surfing.
Josh has been involved in youth ministry since 2008 and has a passion to see people come to know Jesus. He supports any sport where N.Z is playing but especially loves rugby league, golf and cycling. His dream is to be a youth-pastor until he dies.
Morningside Mosaic, EC Director
Blue has been the Director of Easter Camp for nine years. He is passionate about all things youth and all things outdoors. Blue has a knack for story-telling and a gift for connecting people - look for the bald head moving a million miles an hour at camp yo.
Your Youth Leader will register your Sports teams.
This competition is for groups who want to get in have a go and have some fun. Rules still apply. Pool play for the social competition is on the Friday with finals taking place on the Sunday afternoon. Limited spaces available for all sports. First in first served.
The league competition is for groups who take their sports more seriously and want play at a competitive level. Normal sport rules apply. Fair play will be awarded. More games will be played in this competition; teams must be able to play all their pool games on the Saturday with finals taking place on the Sunday afternoon.
For each team you enter, your youth community must provide a referee for that sport. Your referee will be expected to referee the game immediately after the one your team has played – this may mean they miss a game if you have one scheduled.
You can download the EC17 Sports Rules PDF by clicking the below link.
EC17 Sports Rules (95 KB)
Come and dazzle us with your talent! Think you got some talent that people wanna see? Then enter the awesome EC TALENT QUEST and get discovered! It's easy! Just fill in this form, click send and we'll register you. Then get practicing! You'll hear back from us nearer the time with details.
Important things to note
* you can tick more than one box! For example, you may have a song that is also original, then you would tick both boxes.
* the EC Talent Quest is not open to leaders. Soz.
* Please send only one Talent entry per form. Thanks.
Note: this form whacked out for a bit but it is working again now! If you tried to register for the talentQuest before, please do again now :)
Arriving & Leaving
Once you arrive at camp you are not permitted to leave site UNLESS you have a special leave pass.
Your Youth Group leader will need to organise this for you prior to camp starting or when you arrive. Leaving camp is only permitted for special occasions like a wedding or a funeral or if someone needs medical attention or is working.
Please make sure when you arrive that you make sure you have this sorted or you get it sorted on arrival at the registration desk or information desk.
Easter Camp is drug and alcohol free, no exceptions
Fires are dangerous, so please don't light them
We think stealing is wrong, so if it's not yours, leave it alone
You've gotta be at the main & small group sessions and they're totally worth it
Tents belonging to the opposite sex are out of bounds. No sexy times outside of marriage please! Let's keep it clean.
Once on site you must stay on site unless you have written permission from camp management to leave
No swimming in the river at any time
No water balloon launchers
Additional Things to Consider
Drink and eat heaps and pace yourself...don't do it all at once!
Main Sessions are off the hook – be there!
Camp shuts down at 12am
Make sure you look after the Site Safety Team. They are here to look after you! Be nice, cooperate, and maybe buy them a treat.
In case of emergency
Talk to your youth leader first – they have all the basic First Aid needs covered.
If it's more serious than that, get your youth leader to bring you to the Medical Clinic. A team of doctors and nurses are available at the clinic in the village area – look for the signs. The Site Safety team will also be able to direct you.