TAKAPUNA SUMMER CAMP 2023
Sonshine Ranch, Clevedon
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TAKAPUNA SUMMER CAMP
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'Welcome home' is what teenagers hear the moment they step onto the grounds of Sonshine Ranch in Clevedon. We work and pray as a team to create a sense of whānau at summer camp - something we build upon within our parish youth & young adult community.
"Our goal is simple: to be a continuation of that effort — to extend your home’s reach into a teenager’s summer camp experience. We may not know what a teenager’s life is like when they arrive at camp but no matter their questions, doubts, or struggles they may be working through, they are always welcome. This is their home, away from home." - Life Teen International
What is Life Teen?
Life Teen is a Catholic high school youth ministry program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Life Teen resources speak to the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational, and spiritual maturation of high school youth. Life Teen resources make it easier for youth ministers to plan out their semesters of Life Night, retreats, and to train a team of adults, the Core Team, to assist them in the ministry.
Life Teen at Takapuna
In 2018, a group of youth leaders formed the Core team and launched the Life Teen programme after attending the Life Teen Summer Camp in Otaki, Wellington. Today, a wide range of Life Teen branded events are offered - from Life Nights every fortnightly Friday, to school retreats. The first ever Life Teen Summer Camp Takapuna was launched in January 2022, with anticipation for the next one on the following year.