FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I THINK MY CHILD MAY BE TOO YOUNG!?
We have specifically chosen this age group (9 to 13 year olds) as we have found that children in this bracket begin to form their own belief-systems, sometimes separate from what their parents believe. Statistics tell us that 94% of Christian’ adults made their decision to follow Jesus before turning 18.
Looking a little closer:
6% give their lives from the age of 19 and up
4% of children give their lives between the ages of 13 and 18
32% of children give their lives between the ages of 5 – 12 Working in Children’s Ministry for over 20 years (9 years at CityHill), I have discovered that 8 year olds and up have a clear understanding of what they are doing when they give their lives to Jesus, not underestimating of course, what the Holy Spirit may do in the lives of children who are younger!
On a practical note, we have found children in grade 3 and under are just a little too young for camp and really miss being away from Mom and Dad.
HOW ARE THE CHILDREN GETTING TO AND FROM CAMP?
We use Lawsons Bus Company (the same one for the last 6 years) to transport the kids down to Anerley and back again, and the majority of the leaders travel down on the bus as well.
WHERE IS ANERLEY CAMP SITE & IS IT SAFE?
Anerley is a Christian Camp site, situated down the South Coast, which we have used for the past 7 years. It is fully fenced and has electric gates. It is small and beautifully maintained. You can check it out on http://www.stayonthebeach.co.za/campanerley.htm
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE FOR THE KIDS?
The children are accommodated in Dorms of 12. We divide them by grade and by gender e.g. grade 6 boys, grade 6 girls; purely so that the older children are separate from the little ones. If there is a friend or relative that specifically wants to bunk together then obviously we will accommodate them. In each dorm we have a young leader that we have specifically chosen and trained-up to supervise, care and lead the children. These young people already serve in the life of CityHill Kids and passionately love God.
WHAT DO THE CHILDREN DO ON CAMP?
The program is very structured and we don’t have a lot of free time, otherwise we have experienced that this is the time that children get home sick or get up to mischief. We have set meal times, hall sessions with teachings, worship, object lessons and discussion times, as well as a mountain of fun activities. The activities are all run in teams, so the children stay in these groups for the duration of the camp. This facilitates close friendships forming and allows for bonds to develop between leaders and their teams. The activities are all run at the campsite and involve various sport, acting, a ropes course, creative art, crazy ice breakers, as well as an obstacle course.