While Aussie pilgrims make their way to World Youth Day in Panama, a new generation of young leaders at this year’s national Ignite Youth Summer Camp in Brisbane helped set hearts on fire. Source: Catholic Leader
Ignite Youth director Kym Keady praised the efforts of “a surge of a new generation of leaders” at the end of the summer holiday camp.
Summer Camp, which has been held since 2013, was previously known as Zero Gravity.
This year the 60 new leaders navigated the 162 high-school-aged campers, some from as far away as Perth, through four days of vibrant and prayerful faith-sharing from January 10-13 in Mapleton, on the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s so encouraging to see such passion and joy in these leaders who impressed me so much with their giftedness and zeal for ministry,” Ms Keady said.
“I was also grateful for our other leaders who have now moved to the next stage of being more mature and experienced leaders, mentoring many of the younger ones.
“Youth ministry needs all ages and stages, and Summer Camp was such a wonderful witness to what each age and stage of life can bring to the team.”
Mrs Keady said Ignite Youth had developed strategies to keep faith-filled teenagers connected to the Body of Christ.
“We worked hard on giving tips of how to know you are not alone in this experience of faith,” she said.
Mrs Keady was pleased so many young people would begin the school year with a stronger sense of their identity as children of God.
“To start the year with a teenage camp really helps (teenagers) with an insight of what’s ahead and to develop their resilience,” she said.