Listen: Glenn Coombs, Interim State Director Scripture Union NSW, chats to Sam & Duncan on the Breakfast Show, 3 December 2019
Thank you Hopeland! Your overwhelming support is sending over 500 Kids to the SU Camp of their choice across 2020!
Your support of Kids to Camp will have a life-changing impact on these 500+ young people – giving them a chance to step away and enjoy a totally unique experience on a Scripture Union camp…and just be kids! They will get to enjoy an amazing combination of fun, adventure, community, friendship and the life-changing message of Jesus.
But, the drought isn’t over! So, if you’re still looking for ways to bring hope to drought-affected farming communities across NSW visit our guide for more support opportunities:
What is Kids to Camp?
In December 2018, Hope 103.2 teamed up with Scripture Union to launch our first-ever Kids to Camp appeal, in support of farming families – by giving country kids a much needed break at the SU Camp of their choice. You, the Hopeland community, sent over 100 students in that first year, from drought-affected communities across NSW, to Christian youth camps – including Chaffey Dam water sports camp, cricket camp, Ag. camp, music, computer camps and more!
This year in 2019, with farming communities still struggling, we launched Kids to Camp again, and this time, Hope listeners sponsored over 500 drought-affected kids and teens for camps in 2020.
If you still want to give, you can support SU NSW in their ongoing ‘Give Hope to Drought Affected Families Appeal’. This will help them to…
- Train and support their camp volunteers
- Create resources to share the gospel at camps and school clubs
- Help team members travel long distances – to camps, training and drought-related ministry
Photos: Oscar on his farm in Curban attended cricket camp thanks to your support of Kids to Camp last year. Cattle being hand feed on farm outside Dubbo as they can no longer grow any feed. SU Regional Coordinator Western NSW Andrew Parkinson, with Gilgandra High School students Lucy and Luke, who attended camps in 2018 thanks to Kids to Camp sponsorship.
Why Send Kids to Camp? How Does it Help?
It’s what farming families have asked for. In 2018, when Hope 103.2 asked drought-affected communities how we could make a difference, the answer came back — “give them a break”.
With any extra time and/or money getting spent on the farm, trying to keep cattle or sheep alive, or sowing seeds in the chance that it rains, families are pushed to the limit. Parents can’t afford to hire farm hands, so kids are spending their days working on the farm, or working at school, leaving very little time for anything else.
With Kids to Camp, young people are able to step away and enjoy a totally unique experience on a Scripture Union camp…and just be kids!
It is where young people get to enjoy an amazing combination of fun, adventure, community, friendship and the life-changing message of Jesus.
Photos: Student who attended SU Camps thanks to your support. Ian on his farm outside Gilgandra, is a local youth leader and volunteers with SU Camps. Students from Gilgandra High School who were able to attend SU Camps thanks to your support last year.
This Christmas, Why Not ‘Gift’ a Kids to Camp?
Are you looking for a unique way to give presents among your family and friends this year? Supporting Kids to Camp as a gift for someone else could literally change a child’s life, while uplifting yours. If you chose to do this with your loved ones, we’ve got a downloadable gift card for you to print, explaining how your gift is providing a much needed break for kids from drought-affected NSW and supporting farming communities.
Note: Kids to Camp donations close after December 12, but if you still want to donate after this date, you can support SU’s ongoing ‘Give Hope to Drought Affected Families Appeal‘. Your donation will help with the costs of training and supporting camp volunteers, creating resources used at camps and school clubs, as well as other drought-related ministry.