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Connect Camp is a school holiday camp for young people aged 8-16 who are considered vulnerable, disadvantaged or at risk and are generally living in care or supported accommodation.

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During the week of camp, our vibrant, experienced and passionate group of YMCA volunteers provide intensive support to the campers through one-on-one mentoring and group involvement.

Connect Camp aims to:

  • Provide a fun and safe environment for young people over the holiday period and promote constructive use of time through organised activities.

  • Recognise that every young person is a unique individual with particular physical, intellectual, social and emotional potential.

  • Ensure all young people learn about community values and leadership by empowering volunteers and staff role modelling.

    children at camp from behind

While on camp:

Campers are divided into three age groups:   
      -     Juniors (8 – 11 yrs old)
      -     Intermediates (12 – 14 yrs old)
      -     Seniors (15-16 yrs old)

Activities include:
       -    High adventure activities such as high ropes, giant swing or flying fox
       -    Group activities focusing on personal development
       -    Independent skills development through camp routines 

Camp values include:


Upcoming YMCA Connect Programs

Connect camp is run over five days every school holidays. Upcoming dates for Connect 2015 are:




Summer 2016

January 18th-22nd, 2016

Mt. Evelyn Recreation Camp

Autumn 2016

April 4th-8th, 2016 

Mt. Evelyn Recreation Camp

Winter 2016

July 4th-8th, 2016


Mt. Evelyn Recreation Camp

Spring 2016

19th-23th September, 2016

(unfortunately this camp is at capacity! See you in January!)

Mt. Evelyn Recreation Camp


Cost: $600 per participant, per camp (including transport, all food, accommodation, activities, one to one supervision)

More information: Please fill the form on the Contact School Camping page.

Bookings: Please complete the registration form (top right hand side of page) and email to,au or phone 03 8397 3115

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