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HOLYground, NEM, Northland Evangelical Movement, youth camp, kids camp, childrens camp, mission, Christian Camping, Parua Bay Christian Youth Haven

Learning to Lead 609
Galatians 6:9

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If you are aged 18+

would you like to grow your skills this August?

Friday August 25th - Sunday August 27th

Arrival Time: 6pm Friday

(Pickups from 5:30pm – limited rides available from Whangarei city area)

Departure Time: 2pm Sunday

HOLYground Parua Bay is running a special weekend training course for our 18+ leaders. The talks will be a mix of ministry and training, with topics including, mental health, sexuality, some legal framework around camp, and a fresh perspective on HOLYground policy. Don’t worry though, it won’t be all work and no play. There will also be a strong focus on making space for community building and personal devotions. Additionally, we will be hosting a ceilidh on the second night of the course that is open to the wider HOLYground community.


At HOLYground, we are passionate about growing young Christian leaders. We are interdenominational, representing many different churches.


How much does it cost?

HOLYground will subsidise the cost of this course, with a $30 fee remaining.

This includes:

- Catering

- Accommodation 

- All activities (including entry fee for a Ceilidh)

- Specialised training with guest speakers

If cost is an issue for you, please let us know and we will find someone to sponsor you. 

What should you bring to camp?

- Old clothes including something warm

- Old closed-in shoes (for health and safety in the kitchen and in the bush)

- Footwear to protect your feet while on the beach

- Appropriate clothes for dancing in

- Sleeping bag or blankets, sheet, pillow

- Togs and towel (for the brave) – modest swimwear essential. Please bring a shirt/onepiece and shorts

- Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste), any required medication

- Bible 

- Notebook or journal

- Baking for the kitchen (Must be nut free!!!)

Please label your stuff - it makes it much easier to work out whose is whose if things get mixed up!! Please leave behind money/junk food/valuables/girlfriends/boyfriends.

While we attempt to cater for a basic range of dietary needs, it is very helpful if campers with particularly restrictive requirements are able to support our hard-working cooks by supplying some of their own food. Please indicate any dietary needs at registration, and if these are complex we will give you a call to discuss the planned menu.


Need a ride?

If you are unable to find your own ride to/from camp, our volunteers may be able to pick up /drop off a limited number of people from within Whangarei city. Please indicate on the registration form if you need transport, and be ready at the address provided from 5:00pm. Please advise us if no longer needing a ride to save a wasted trip.


We need your help to make our camp a friendly and safe haven that’s fun for all of us!!! At camp we aim for there to be no swearing, bullying, fighting, name-calling, threatening, stealing or lying. Please leave bad attitudes, expensive  equipment. money, and junk food at home – we can’t take responsibility for them if they go missing. You will survive without them for a few days! Also, while it goes without saying, please don't bring knives or weapons, drugs, alcohol, vapes, cigarettes, lighters or matches of any sort to camp.

Please speak with a member of the pastoral team if you have any worries during camp. Please be aware that anyone who is impacting negatively on others’ experience may be asked to return home.

Want to find out more?

Email us at or click here.


1. Complete online registration form below


2. Approach someone to be your prayer partner (someone who will pray for you while you serve at camp – other than your parents!)

We reserve the right to decline any applicants.

A confirmation email will be sent to the address provided to acknowledge if you have been accepted to lead at camp or not - please follow up if you haven't heard from us within a week. Please know that positions at camp are limited, and not simply on a first-in first-served basis, although early applications are very much appreciated!!

All personal data is handled in accordance with our privacy policy which you can read here.

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18+ Leaders Training Camp Application  Form

Please fill out this form to apply for our 18+ camp 25-27th August 2023.

Any special medical needs?
Do you need a ride to/from camp?
Applicant to read and sign below: To help this camp run smoothly I understand that I need to co-operate and be enthusiastic, ensuring that my words, attitudes and behaviours reflect the love of Christ. In registering, I am expressing my desire to see Jesus honoured in all areas of camp life, and my willingness to abide by camp rules. I accept the authority of those in positions of leadership. I understand that I may be sent home if I am unable to follow camp rules or am impacting negatively on others experience.

Thanks for applying to serve at camp! We will be in touch to confirm your place.

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