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Summer Kids Camp 2023

leaders application form

For volunteers aged 13+ years

12th-16th  January 2021

Arrival Time: 5pm Thursday 12th January 2023

(Pickups from 4pm – limited rides available from Whangarei city area)

Departure Time: 3pm Monday 16th January 2023


HOLYground Parua Bay Christian Youth Haven: 1 Wharf Road Parua Bay


  This camp is  free thanks to Breakaway School Holiday Programmes.

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

What you should know:

Leading at a HOLYground Kids Camp is heaps of fun, but it’s not always easy!! We are looking for enthusiastic young Christians who are FAT - faithful, available and teachable. We are looking for young people who want to serve and give, who want to learn, who want to be challenged and to grow in their faith while sharing that faith with others. We are looking for young people who are good role models – who are committed to doing life with Jesus at camp, and also at home, school and online. We are looking for leaders who want to learn to do the boring, hard jobs, even when they’re tired, and even when God is the only one who sees. And for leaders who want to learn to love kids the way Jesus does. Could God be calling you to serve at HOLYground?


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


We need Christian leaders who can kick a ball, play a guitar, do a jigsaw, run to the wharf, pick up dirty plates, reassure a homesick 8 year old, explain the gospel to a 12 year old, clean a toilet, motivate a team to complete a challenge, mediate an argument, pray for a kid with big issues, serve afternoon tea, lead a kayak expedition,  dance for joy – basically, leaders who are willing for God to use whatever He has given them, with His help, for His glory!!

We welcome applications to serve at our camps. Determining our leadership team involves a mixture of prayer, looking at age/gender/experience/maturity of applicants and campers, as well as how early the application was received. All new leaders and adult helpers require completion of a police check (if 18+), as well as submission of a written reference and testimony as  part of the application process.


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

- Pillow, Sleeping bag or blankets, & sheet

- Sunhat, togs and towel – modest sun-smart swimwear essential. Please bring a shirt/shorts.

- Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste), any required medication (with instructions for use)

- Bible if you have one

- Baking for the kitchen

Please label your stuff - it makes it much easier to work out whose is whose if things get mixed up!!

Please leave behind phones/electronic devices/money/junk food/ valuables/girlfriends/


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 arrange transport for yourself 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. Please advise us if no longer needing a ride to save a wasted trip.

Visiting? Parents are welcome to visit during camp. Please introduce yourself to a leader on arrival and sign the visitors book. 


Rules: We need you to come prepared to be faithful, available and teachable in all aspects of camp. Understand that leading a camp takes a whole team effort and you are a valuable part of that. 

At camp we aim for there to be no swearing, bullying, fighting, name-calling, threatening, stealing or lying. Please leave bad attitudes, expensive or electronic equipment (phones, ipads, electronic games, cameras), money, and junk food all 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 or cigarettes of any sort to camp.

Parents, please encourage your child to speak with a leader should they have any worries during camp. Please be aware that campers who are impacting negatively on others’ experience may be asked to return home.

Want to find out more? Check out our website for more information - leave a contact number via the contact us page if you'd like one of our leadership team to give you a call. Or you can email direct to

How to apply:

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

2. Complete registration form at the bottom of the page 

3. If not completed within the last year, please send through to
- A written testimony (your faith journey - what God has done and is doing in your life)
- An explanation for why you would like to come to camp
- A few thoughts around what the term 'servant leadership' means, & what it looks like to you

4. If a First time leader, please download the First Time Leaders Referee Form from the website, ask a youth leader/pastor/teacher/employer to complete, and return to

5. If you are aged 18+ and you have not completed a police check in the past 3 years for HOLYground, you will need to complete section 2 and 3 of  a police check form which we will send to you,  and email it to You will also need to complete verification of identity as described in the form (bring photo ID to camp). 


We reserve the right to decline any applicants who do not submit required documentation with sufficient time for reference and police checks to be completed prior to camp.

A registration 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 leadership positions at camp are limited, and not simply on a first-in first-served basis, although early applications are very much appreciated!!


 If aged under 16, you will need a parent/guardian to complete the registration online with you.
If circumstances change after you've completed the form, please let us know so your spot can go to someone else on the waiting list.


Once references are cleared, Email confirmation will be made of your acceptance will be made in good time before Camp is scheduled.  

 If circumstances change after you've registered, please let us know so your spot can go to someone else on the waiting list.


As part of new legislation around privacy and safety at camp, we  have reorginised some  of our camp roles. Please read the following descriptions before applying to make sure you select only roles you would like to be considered for. Please also note some roles have age restrictions.



A Volunteer aged 16+ who is in charge of a small team of campers aged 8-12 and works together with another leader or a cadet.


Their role is to:

  • Encourage campers to participate in organized activities

  • Lead small-group discussion times to help grow campers understanding of God/Christianity

  • Prevent fighting/bullying among their team

  • Help campers to have a safe fun time at camp

  • Be a role model for campers in their words, actions and faith

  • Encourage and provide opportunity Cadets to lead.

  • Know where their team are (within reason) at all times

  • Report any concerning behaviour to staff



A Cadet is a volunteer between 13 and 15 years of age who may or may not have led at a Holyground camp before. A Cadet works with a senior to develop their confidence and leadership skills.


         Their role is to:

  • Assist leaders in looking after their team (see list above)

  • Be present with the team when the senior leader is unable to be.

  • “Have a go” at leading discussions/activities where they feel comfortable.

  • Grow their leadership skills.



An officer is a senior leader aged 16+ who has attended camp before. As well as being attached to a team, they have additional responsibilities at camp.


Their role is to:

  • Assist leaders in looking after their team (see list above), when not otherwise engaged with their other responsibilities.

  • Provide support to leaders when dealing with behavioural issues in campers.

  • Manage an area of camp (duties/water safety etc) and report to staff.


Officers may have any one (or more) of the following responsibilities:

  • Sports Officer

  • Memory Verses Officer

  • Water Safety Officer

  • First Aid Officer

  • Music Director

  • Indoor Activities Officer

  • Head of Boys/Girls Dorm

  • Duties Officer

  • Technical Officer (Soundstage etc)



These wonderful volunteers (13+) assist our Cook in the kitchen preparing meals for everyone to enjoy.


Duties may include:

  • Meal preparation

  • Laying out Morning/Afternoon Tea

  • Stocktaking in kitchen

  • Serving food

  • Checking allergy lists and identifying children who cannot tolerate certain food / making sure other staff are aware of this.

  • Cook’s dishes

  • Supervising/running  the sterilizer area



These are adults (18+) who are integral to the organization and running of the camp, and who are usually approached in-person to fulfill a particular role. They are not attached to a team of children and oversee all areas of camp to make sure that everything runs smoothly and safely.


Staff members include:

  • Camp Director

  • Camp Administrator

  • Camp Co-Ordinator (Program Director)

  • Pastoral Staff

  • Speaker

  • Health and Safety Officer

  • Property Manager

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