Category Archives: Camps

Catholic Homeschool Camp 2013 – Only Four Places Left

Only Four Places Left.

We warmly extend an invitation to all Australian Catholic Home Educating families to join us for our 13th annual Catholic homeschool camp!!

  • When: 9-13th September
  • Where: The Lismore Diocese.
  • Camp Drewe, Lennox Head, NSW
  • Two hours south of Brisbane, nine hours north of Sydney.

For more information go to Seven Little Australians and Counting: Catholic Homeschool Camp 2013 – Only Four Places Left.

Ventura Summer Camp 2013

The Summer Camp is a five day competition with sports, challenges, night games and more. In addition to these activities there will be talks on the Catholic faith and human virtues. It provides the boys with an opportunity to form friendships in an environment that reflects the atmosphere and values of the family home.

The camp is open to boys who are entering years 7, 8 and 9 in 2012.

For more information click here Summer Camp 2013

Catholic Summer Camps are on again in 2013!!

Hi everyone,

We’re thrilled to announce that the Conquest and Challenge Catholic Summer Camps will be on again at Anglesea in 2013, and we can’t wait!!

The fliers and registration forms for the 2013 camps are attached, and we’re pleased to be able to offer discounts for early deposit payments and/or for those who have more than one family member attending.

For deposits of $100 per attendee (or full payment if you like J) received by the 12th of October, 2012 a discount of $15 will apply for each attendee, including parents.

In addition, for those who have more than one attendee at either camp, a discount of $25 will apply for each attendee, again including parents.

As an example, for a family with a daughter attending the Challenge camp, a son attending the Conquest camp, and a parent attending one of the camps, a total family discount of $75 ($25 per attendee) will apply. If the $100 deposit per attendee is paid by the 12th of October, a total early payment discount of $45 ($15 per attendee) will apply, in addition to the family discount.

The discounts have been made possible by the generous donation of a benefactor, so we hope that this will make it easier for everyone involved this year.

We can’t wait to see you again in Anglesea!!

Please don’t hesitate to email or call (details are on the flier) if you have any questions, or if you know of anyone who would also like to attend the 2013 camps.

God bless,

Paul Casanova and the Catholic Summer Camps team.



Challenge Rego form 2013.docx

ConQuest Rego Form 2013.docx

2012 Catholic Home Educators Camp – North Coast NSW

North Coast Catholic Homeschool Camp

For many Catholic Home Educating families in Australia homeschool camps are an integral part of our lives. Lifelong friendships are formed, isolation is eased, support is given. This year our family will be attending (and hosting) the North Coast Catholic Homeschool camp for our 12th year! Excitement is building in our home, our children are asking, “what activities are we doing this year, who is coming? Will my friends from last year be there, will we have new friends?”

We warmly invite you to consider joining us for our 12th year!:) we still have a few cabins available. Held on the 10-14th September we are located at Lennox Head (Lismore Diocese), near the Gold Coast. Two hours south of Brisbane, nine hours north of Sydney.

At the core of our week is our shared Catholic Faith, our day begins with Mass, ends with the Rosary and Benediction and is woven throughout with Spiritual Talks and the opportunity for Confession. This year Fr John Rizzo (FSSP) will be our Camp Chaplain.

On the Tuesday Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett (Lismore diocese) celebrates Mass offering the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

It will be a wonderful week of making, renewing and building friendships. Impromptu games of soccer, dancing, fun and laughter into the night are our ‘stock in trade.’ Icebreaking games at the beginning and a time for parents to share ensures we all get to know one another.

Every day we enjoy swimming at one of the beautiful nearby beaches, we also enjoy a sand castle building contest, each year we hold a sports day, a concert and on the final night we have a grand finale with a bonfire.

If you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact Erin with further questions or for a brochure with more details at

We’d love to have you join us:)

Ventura Summer Camp 2012

The Summer Camp is a five day competition with sports, challenges, night games and more. In addition to these activities there will be talks on the Catholic faith and human virtues. It provides the boys with an opportunity to form friendships in an environment that reflects the atmosphere and values of the family home.

The camp is open to boys who are entering years 7, 8 and 9 in 2012.

For more information click here Ventura Summer Camp 2012 Flyer

Summer Camps 2012

By Emma: Hi Everyone,

I just thought I’d let you know about two catholic summer camps that are running in January 2012 in Anglesea. There is a girls camp (challenge) and a boys camp (conquest), and the age for both of these is 10-14. Below is some detailed information about both of the camps and I have also attatched the flyers for them. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please forward this to them.

The Themes of the Camps will be different. The Conquest Boys Camp will be focused on ‘Leadership Forged Through Virtue and Friendship with Christ’ and it will be run by Fr. Juan Guerra. The Girls Camp will be will be focused on Friendship; ‘R U N 2 REAL FRIENDS’. I will be running the Girls camp. Fr. Juan has had years of experience in camps and missions and is a very humble man, forge in virtue himself, and is an incredible athlete. He will give the kids a real run for their money when it comes to sport. The camps are on different camp sites but the boys and the girls get together for Mass each day.

Challenge and Conquest are part of a bigger group of kids spread throughout the world called ECYD. Experience, Convictions, YourDecisions! They EXPERIENCE God’s love for them and others through Camps, Retreats, Missions etc which builds on their CONVICTIONS which in later in life they are able to form their own DECISIONS – to live a life of Grace!

All our leaders will have had Working With Children Checks within Australia and some of us have both; the Woking with Children Checks as well as a Police Check like myself J! All clear! J J

Each day the kids will join in with the following:

1.    ‘Saint of the day’ to guide them and a Virtue that corresponds with the Saint of the day. For example: St. Theresa of the Andes: Charity, St. Mary of the Cross: Acceptance. The boys will have different saints and virtues according to their needs; for example – St. Giorgio Frassatti: Charity, St. Jose Luis Sanchez: Courage.

2.    Outdoor activities: including to learn how to surf by the professional ‘Go Ride a Wave’ Crew from Anglesea. There will also be beach sports and hikes. Times for swimming in designated areas and when there is a life guard and lots of games.

3.    Apostolic Activity: I have arranged for some girls in the US to make a fun DVD about their ECYD group. They will send it with me to Australia. On our camp, the girls in their teams, will make a DVD to send back to the girls about the camp they are living – it will be a lot of fun. It will help the girls see that the Catholic world of young people is much bigger than their own surrounding and friends. That there are kids all around the world who love Christ and the Church. 

4.    The Night activities: are lots of fun for the kids. The activities always have a formative side to it, be it team work, respecting each other talents and drawing on each other’s talents. They are interactive, joyful and very active……especially the boys.

5.    Spiritual Talks: are talks that are based around Saints lives and their virtues. A fun and dynamic activities always accompanies the talk as it makes a deeper impression. One of these talks will be focusing on the beauty of Confession and the kids will have an opportunity to go to Confession if they would like to.  Another activity will be a to make a rosary out of balloons filled with helium, write their intentions to Mary on the balloons and then send it off into the sky. We are praying the Rosary while we do this. What a statement to those on the beaches of Anglesea!   

6.    Sacramental life: There will be daily Mass and Exposition with Benediction focusing on Christ as our best friend. On our last night the girls will be having doing a Eucharistic Procession around the camp site followed by all night Eucharistic Adoration. Of course the girls will not be staying up all night but they will be allocated, if they want to participate, a 30min or 15min slot. We will also be doing Morning and Night Prayers as well as a decade of the Rosary each day.

With God’s grace the objective of the camps is that the kids have a experience of Jesus Christ and to love our Catholic Faith so much that it becomes their own. They go away believing, loving, knowing and wanting Him more. I have seen this happen and God really works in these beautiful young souls.

Camp Flyer – Challenge Girls

Camp Flyer – Conquest Boys

Note: The due date for the camps on the flyers are the 29th of November but as of a few days ago there were still places available on the girls’ camp (and probably the boys’ camp too). Mums are welcome to come and help out at the girls’ camp and Dads at the boys’ camp at a slightly reduced cost for which you will need to contact the organizers.

Sovereign Hill Costumed Camp

Our three oldest attended the last one of these camps and had a great time. One even featured in a recent edition of Otherways. It gives the kids a chance to experience life at school in the 1850’s.

It was a great camp which finished with Blood on the Southern Cross. This years will be on from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 September 2011.

Go to the HEN website for more details

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