What is SYC?

State Youth Camp is a camp designed for high school aged young people attending a youth group. We have youth groups from all over NSW and ACT joining us at camp each year. From Grafton to Wagga, Central Coast and the Hunter as well as Northern beaches, the Shire, and Canberra. We are excited to see you and your youth ministry there in 2022!   Described as a camp within a camp, SYC is designed so that Youth Pastors & Youth Leaders can spend maximum time with their Youth Groups, and don’t have to concern themselves with the details of duties such as organising Catering, Activities, Workshops, Program etc. that come from organising their own Youth Camp.   Coming into it’s 8th year SYC is developed each year by making decisions looking through the lens of the question “how can we support and resource youth groups, and grow community and discipleship opportunities for the local Baptist churches in NSW & the ACT?”
SYC brings youth groups together for an amazing shared experience with God, with 3 nights of camping, activities, worship, prayer, teaching and relationship building! We are hoping to see 40 youth groups joining us in 2022!

What happens at SYC?

Every SYC is a little different and you can check out the info page for details of SYC 2022, but there are key elements of camp that we believe are so important so we always include them!

TRIBE CAMPING!
At SYC we have 4 tribes made up of a bunch of youth groups in each tribe! These are your people! You get to share a campsite with them, do activities with them and have a great time together! Dress up in your tribe colour and have a go at the fun!
VILLAGE VIBES!
At SYC we love a good hang! So we have created the SYC Village as a place to chill out, grab a coffee, snack or donut from the Village shop and play some outdoor games listening to the Village Vibes! The Village is a great space to spend your free time at SYC!
WORSHIP WITH THE STATE YOUTH BAND!

With our very own worship band made up of youth and young adults from across our churches the State Youth Band love to lead us in worship in our sessions each day.

SYC FEST - OUR OWN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL!
SYC FEST is our very own short film festival! With individuals or youth groups making short films that fit with our theme and use our signature item and submitting them for judging by our esteemed judging panel! Come along to our red carpet view, grab your popcorn and be amazed at the creativity of young people!
AMAZING TEACHING!
Our desire at State Youth Camp is to see young people grow in their relationship with Jesus and in discipleship relationships with their local youth group! Our key speakers will share from God’s word each day, as well as local youth group time to unpack what you are learning! We also have a stack of workshops across camp that you can attend and learn about things that are interesting to you!
A key and harmonious highlight was the sense of community. We experienced a good sense of community across the day – an orientation of openness toward the newer young people, vulnerability and honesty in small group conversation and genuine joy being experienced across age, gender and cultural groups. It’s a foundational aspect of belonging, and a wonderful illustration of the beauty of Jesus’ body. Ben Wilson – Parramatta Baptist
You guys have nailed this! There’s plenty to do so the kids don’t get bored, but there’s a good amount of down-time to chill and connect. Steve Callan – Milton Ulladulla Baptist Church
Each of them stepped out of their comfort zones and they loved it! I think just seeing all different kids come together and just love everyone around and sharing in God experiences made my weekend! BEST SYC EVER!! Kim Dumpleton – Lakes Baptist Church

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