Camp Registrations & Summer Mission Applications Are Now Open
WELCOME HOME, This is what every teenager hears the moment they step onto the grounds at a Life Teen Summer Camp. From your dining room table to the altar at your home parish, we understand the importance of teenagers having a sense of home — a place of belonging and peace and safety. Whether you’re raising a family or building a parish community, we know how much effort you put into creating a physical, emotional, and spiritual place that others can call “home.” Our goal is simple: to be a continuation of that effort — to extend your home’s reach into a teenager’s summer camp experience. We may not know what a teenager’s life is like when they arrive at camp but no matter their questions, doubts, or struggles they may be working through, they are always welcome. This is their home, away from home.
Keen to experience the #bestcampever? Sign up below to receive updates regarding registrations for parishes and faith communities as well as for summer missionaries.
Let's Get Messy
You haven’t truly lived until you’ve gotten messy at a Life Teen Summer Camp. Every year we cook up bigger and better messy games and obstacle courses that will keep you on your toes. A true summer camp staple, the muddier you get, the more fun you’ll have!
Something For Everyone
With plenty of free time throughout the week, Life Teen camps offer you the chance to choose your fun. Why not play an epic game of football, ultimate frisbee or touch? Feel like being creative? We’ve got an Art Barn for you to make crafts, play music, and much more.
Nothing Like It
There’s no camp quite like Life Teen Summer Camp! Every year we dream up new, crazy ways to get you laughing, shouting, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Whether you’re competitive or more of a team player, we’ll have activities you can’t wait to sink your teeth into.
Rooted In Sacraments
Life Teen believes deeply in the power and grace of the Sacraments, and our camp will provide a multitude of opportunities to experience God through the Sacraments, including daily Mass, confession every morning and night, and Eucharistic Adoration. Our desire is for every teen to leave camp with a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ.
At any given week of Life Teen summer camp, you’ll find some of the best and brightest speakers and musicians in Catholic youth ministry. Teens will hear powerful talks from relatable, funny, and challenging hosts, along with prayerful and engaging praise and worship music from music ministers. Every session is crafted to assist teens in examining their lives and growing in their faith.
Camp provides the space for everyone, and we mean everyone, to develop a deeper and more meaningful prayer life. With a balance of group reflections, guided prayer activities and silent personal meditations, we create enough space for every teen to dive into a rhythm of prayer that is ready for them to carry over into their daily lives.
Life Teen summer camp is a great place for parishes to grow together in faith and unity. No teen can come to camp by themselves; we’re committed to building up parishes through designating intentional time together, investing in youth ministers and empowering core members. Parishes will arrive as a group, and leave as a family.
Friendships: New & Old
If you’ve ever felt like you’re alone in your faith, summer camp is the perfect place for you to realize you’re not! Teens will be able to meet and share with hundreds of other campers from around the country while journeying alongside their parish friends throughout the week. Countless friendships will be created and strengthened by the end of camp.
Being a teenager can be hard. There’s so much pressure to fit in or act and look a certain way. Camp makes it easy to be yourself and let down any walls that were built up during the school year. When you experience the amount of fun, faith, and fellowship offered at a Life Teen summer camp, it’s almost impossible to not leave with a happier heart.
Life Teen is a movement within the Roman Catholic Church, which leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Life Teen Summer Camp is aimed for teens aged 13-17. One of the big focuses at Life Teen is parish-based discipleship. Life Teen want campers to attend and grow in their faith, as well as grow closer with their parish family. The Life Teen Summer Camps Leadership Team plans, prepares, and facilitates the programming, liturgies and activities for each day. Each day teens will experience Mass and other powerful prayer experiences. 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.
Parents, Start Here
- Check with your local parishes to see if any are bringing a group.
- If not, pray about bringing a group yourself!
- Organize a group of teens & adults to attend. You can find out more about chaperone ratios here.
- Register for Summer Camp here. Send the summer camp team an email ([email protected]). We’ll be able to guide you as you prepare for camp!
Youth & Young Adult Leaders', Start Here
- Get permission from your priest/chaplain to attend camp.
- Register your group online by clicking here.
- Promote camp at youth group & send sign up info home to parents. Check out our parish promo pack.
- Organize sign ups.
- Make sure all chaperones/adults that are coming along to camp have a current police vet certificate and have undertaken a safeguarding training organised by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland.
- Arrange travel to and from camp.
- Host a parent information meeting.
- Plan a pre-camp hangout for teens to get to know one another. We even have a Life Night that can help.
- Keep the Summer Camp team and all those that will be attending camp in your prayers.
- Come spend time at your home away from home at the #bestcampever!
For young adults who would like to serve they can join Life Teen’s Summer Missions programme. This provides young adults with the opportunity to serve at a Life Teen summer camp. Young adults can serve in a variety of roles, all with the focus of providing a safe, welcoming, exciting environment for teens to have an incredible summer camp experience while growing in their faith. No matter the gifts and talents of the young adult Life Teen can be a transformational experience where they not only lead teens closer to Christ but their own relationship with Christ becomes stronger.
Summer Staff serve primarily as a relational ministers who are trained in the facilitation of small group discussions and team-building activities.
The service crew includes an amazing group of young adults that serves primarily behind the scenes as the backbone of summer camp. Through a number of different roles, summer missionaries on service crew are responsible for keeping camp running efficiently.
Those serving on the logistics team will assist in the smooth running of camp primarily by helping in areas of liturgy, sessions happening in the main hall and all outdoor activities.
Download Promo Material Here
Firstly thank you for joining us in our mission of leading young people close to Christ. By helping us promote Life Teen Summer Camp, you are giving our teens and young adults an opportunity to encounter Christ in new and wonderous ways. We still hear glory stories and testimonies of the impact camp has had on our young people and we cannot wait to see the fire that will be renewed in their hearts this January.
In this pack is everything you will need to promote Summer Camp at your parish, youth group, chaplaincy, school and more. We desire to make this process for you as easy as possible. This pack will feature a number of different resources. From posters, parent handouts, to RSVP cards for Summer Missionaries.
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 are 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.
The ratio for every group is 1:8 – that is, one chaperone for up to eight campers. If your group comprises of both male and female campers, you will need male and female chaperones that will accompany your group to Camp. Chaperones must be 21 years and over by January 2022. It is the responsibility of the parish/group to make sure all chaperones that will be accompanying the group have a current police vet certificate, have signed a Diocesan Code of Conduct and have attending a Safeguarding training undertaken by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland.
For more information on our diocesan safeguarding policies and processes, please contact Lisa-May Gray ([email protected]).
Stay tuned for more information
The Life Teen Summer Camps staff plans, prepares, and facilitates the programming, liturgies, and activities for each day. Each day you will experience daily Mass, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other powerful prayer experiences. Our evening sessions, led by a dynamic speaker, will break open scriptural topics to lead your teens into a more authentic encounter with Christ. All of this alongside our exciting ropes courses, an obstacle course, messy games, plenty of free time and much more. Each day campers will enjoy three delicious meals and a night-time snack with their parish. Before your week, the group leader will receive an overview schedule of the week to help you prepare to lead your teens best!
We understand that a lot of families are struggling especially during this time. We would not want anyone missing out on a wonderful camp experience due to finances. So please do contact the ACYM office to discuss this further.
Please feel free to contact the Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry team any time! We are here to help answer any questions and provide as much assistance as possible!