All GENTS Camp leaders have a ‘Working With Children Check’ (Blue Card) in accordance with the legal requirements of the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.
All GENTS Camp leaders have completed Scripture Union QLD’s Camp Leaders’ Training Modules before being permitted to lead on a Scripture Union Camp
Our camps operate at a minimum ratio of one leader for every four campers.
The GENTS Camp Program is highly structured and includes a broad range of adventure-based activities. These activities include things like: Laser Skirmish, tubing, cable-waterskiing, fishing, swimming, ten pin bowling, indoor and outdoor sports, raft building, team initiatives, mini golf, laser force, surfing, go-karting and more. Scripture Union completes detailed risk assessments of all adventure-based activities to help reduce the risk of injury.
As part of the GENTS Camp Program, boys participate in daily input sessions where we discuss life issues that are relevant for boys and provide opportunities for boys to ask questions about matters of faith and life. Boys are presented with the fundamentals of the Christian Faith but are not forced to engage with it beyond a level which they are comfortable.
GENTS Camp utilises a number of different campsite facilities for its various camps. All boys are accommodated in dormitory-style accommodation with easy access to amenities. Various campsites have a range of other facilities which the boys have access to throughout the event.
GENTS Camp utilizes a number of different campsite facilities for its various camps. All boys are accommodated in dormitory-style accommodation with easy access to amenities. Various campsites have a range of other facilities which the boys have access to throughout the event:
The first GENTS Camp was held in the September school holidays in 2003 as a place for teenage boys to engage in positive activities during their school break. It ran that year at Luther Heights Youth Camp, Coolum Beach, with 18 campers, and 9 leaders. Over the next three years, GENTS Camp grew significantly until one camp could no longer accommodate the number of boys wishing to attend.
In 2007, a second GENTS Camp commenced in the Easter school holidays, at Teen Missions Campsite at Tewantin. From 2007 – 2009, GENTS Camp had over 600 campers and regularly booked out. In 2010, a third and fourth GENTS Camp commenced, both running concurrently at Easter time. GENTS Camp split into an Alpha and Bravo Camps as well as a Primary (grades 5-7) Camp, due to popular demand. In January 2012, Father/Son GENTS Camp commenced.
In January 2014, GENTS Camp commenced in South Australia and in June/July 2014 GENTS Camp will commence near Cairns.
The amazing GENTS Camp phenomenon continues to this day, and we are excited about the next chapter in our journey!