Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you’re doing well and having a blessed start to your week. My email today is an update regarding the Y-Factor Camp in light of the recent developments surrounding COVID-19.

As per my last email, the health and well-being of our students, community and youth leaders are and always will be our number one priority. In light of The Federal Government advising against attending large events and the NSW Department of Education requesting schools to cancel school excursions and interschool gatherings, we have made the decision to postpone the upcoming Y-Factor camp that was to be held from 14-17 April, 2020.

Over the coming days, we will begin the process of refunding registrations for Y-Factor. While we will not be going ahead with Y-Factor next month, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of Sydney Catholic Youth. We will certainly be in touch when conditions have settled and we can make new plans to ensure our young people continue to be accompanied in faith in the midst of the Church.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me if you have any questions and thank you for your understanding.

God Bless,
Christopher Lee

Team Leader, Sydney Catholic Youth

E chris.lee@sydneycatholic.org
T +612 9307 8152

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Who? Y-Factor is for teens in years 7 to 12 led by Sydney Catholic Youth in collaboration with Youth Ministry Coordinators from across the Sydney Archdiocese. All leaders will hold a current Working with Children Check and have many years of experience in youth ministry. We’ll be using a wide variety of mediums including music, activities, multimedia, drama and testimony to communicate to young people the awesomeness of their faith, and how they can apply it to their lives daily.

When? 9:30am, Tuesday April 14 – 1pm, Friday April 17, 2020

Where? 19A Wesley St, Elanora Heights NSW 2101

Transport? A chartered bus will depart from a Sydney location (to be announced soon).  Please arrive at 8:00am so we can get away on time. The bus will return to the same location on Friday 17th by 2:30pm.

What to bring? Linen or sleeping bag, bottom sheet, pillow, toiletries, towel, swimmers (see note below), rosary beads, torch, beanie, comfortable and warm modest clothing and shoes. Bring a nice outfit (something you might wear out to dinner), an old set of clothes and pair of shoes that can get wet and dirty and bring a plastic bag to put your wet and dirty items in. Please leave valuables at home. The Archdiocese of Sydney will not be liable for any loss or damage to personal property during the camp, but we would also like the campers to step away from their usual access to technology while on the camp.

Please note: bikinis or speedos are not to be brought and attendees are asked to bring swim shorts and swim shirts if possible (or at least a one piece for the girls). This requirement is a part of practically encouraging young people to live modestly and we appreciate your support.

Program? We are keen for the program to be a surprise to the teens however there is lots of fun planned. Participants will share and discuss aspects of their faith and experience God afresh. Being counter-cultural is at the heart of what we do and the young people who attend will leave with a richer understanding of Christ’s love for them. There are 5 main sessions that take a look at the theme, reconciliation, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and commitment.

Child Protection and Safety The Archdiocese of Sydney believes that genuine concern for the safety of all participants on our camp is of the utmost importance. All staff and volunteers have undergone child protection checks and careful screening.

Download the Camp Terms (Must be submitted to complete registration)

Questions? Email info@sydneycatholicyouth.org or call Sydney Catholic Youth on 9307 8152.