12 - 18
“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In the Bible there are many stories of God's heroes. Some we know well, others are less familiar (but just as incredible!) This year at Summer Camp we will be learning about some of their stories, what they reveal to us of God, how He cares for us all, how the Old and New Testaments connect together, and why we, in faith, have such a sure foundation for hope!
This Catholic camp is a gathering of about 60 young people, who come together to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, to learn more about our loving God and deepen their relationship with Him. It doesn't matter where you are in your relationship with Christ, you are welcome to come and be drawn deeper! Ask questions, spend time with our Lord, receive the Sacraments, have a lot of silly fun, and you may leave excited and on fire - a hero for God!
This year's camp will be held in Kintbury, at the wonderful St Cassian's Centre (details on booking form). This enables us to make use of the additional facilities they have to offer, but it does mean we have fewer spaces, so please BOOK ASAP to avoid disappointment. Please note, this is still a camp, you'll be sleeping outdoors!
The camp is run by The Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph and an experienced team of volunteers who have been running FTF events for over 20 years.
FAITH - FUN - FELLOWSHIP
MASS - TEACHING - CRAFTS - WORKSHOPS - SPORTS - Q&A MUSIC - TALKS - DRAMAS - BBQ - TEAM ACTIVITIES
GREAT FOOD - ADORATION - ROPE COURSE
A Few More Details...
Dates: 16th -20th August 2021
Location: Kintbury, Hungerford (near Newbury)
Start Time: 2pm, Monday 16th
Finish Time: 5pm, Friday 20th
Age range: 12 - 18 years
Catering: Fully catered
Accommodation: Camping - please bring your own tent or arrange to share with friends/family.
Facilities: Showers, toilets, and additional facilities provided by the retreat centre.
Music Ministry: Led by Steve Szymanski and Theo Farrell.
Once a booking has been received the attendee will receive an information pack outlining more details about the camp and what to bring.
Have a question? Please read the FAQ below or get in contact!
12-18 Years Old
19+ Years Old
NB: The return address for the booking forms is not the same as the camp address.
Information provided on the FTFCM booking forms will only be used for FTFCM camp planning purposes.
Booking form details will be retained in an encrypted Database for Safeguarding purposes.
Medical details will not be stored electronically and will be destroyed immediately after the camp.
Who runs the camp?
The camp is run by The Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph and a team of experienced volunteers. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of every young person on site. We have qualified first-aiders, a trained nurse, and often a doctor too.
There is also a Youth Team who meet the weekend before and do a lot to help with the smooth running of the camp and the caring of the other young people on camp. Without them it would be a lot harder!
How is the camping organised?
The campsite is divided into 3 areas: Boys, girls and family. If siblings of the opposite sex want to camp together, they pitch their tents in the family section.
Can I bring food?
Please do not bring food with you. It makes a mess in your tent, might encourage rodents, harm small creatures, and the field is used by others the rest of the year. We are guests at the retreat centre and want to leave it in as good condition as it is prepared for us, ie., perfectly clear of rubbish.
The camp is fully catered, with 3 meals a day, multiple breaks through the day (with drinks and biscuits), and hot chocolate before bed. There is also a tuckshop open twice a day. It has a spend limit though as the food provided is tasty and much healthier!
What are the facilites like?
There are dedicated (and newly refurbished) toilets and showers in the retreat centre, with individual dedicated facilities for males and females, and those with disabilities. Showers are individual units, and all facilities are cleaned daily. They are great! We encourage every young person to shower every day IN THE MORNING...they are nice and warm.
I haven't been to Mass or done anything 'churchy' in a long time...can I still come?
Of course! This camp is for you! Come join the family. No matter where you are in your relationship with God, this week can be for you. The more you jump into it, the more you will get out of it.
It is a Catholic camp, but we don't mind how 'Catholic' you feel you are. If you have a friend who isn't Catholic, but you think would benefit from coming (yes, of course they would) then you can invite them, as long as you come too :)
I want to camp with a friend...is that possible?
Yes, if your friend is the same sex as you. Please check with them that they are happy to share with you BEFORE you fill out the booking form and state that you will be sharing.
How much praying is there?
We do celebrate Mass together every day (except Monday). It is the centre of our camp in which Heaven comes to Earth and we meet God face to face. It's important.
We do pray together at other points in the day as well, but there are plenty of other events in the timetable. There is a lot of silly fun, talks, stream time, chill time, workshops (crafty ones, chatty ones, musical ones, team building activities, sporty stuff), times to ask questions about your faith. There is also an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confession - an incredible opportunity to be reconciled (to be at peace) with God and receive His helping grace.
Can I join the youth team?
If you have attended multiple FTF camps before, you may request to join. It is hard work, and you are expected to have a particular level of maturity in character and spirituality. It is strongly requested that you attend the Youth Team weekend before camp starts too in preparation for the week.
Are there camp rules?
Of course there are! :P They are all very reasonable though and nothing out of the ordinary. They are included in the booking forms as you have to agree to them when you book. If there is a serious infringement of them we will ask your parents/guardian to collect you immediately.
What technology can I bring?
If you would like to bring your mobile that's fine. However there is limited reception and we will not be providing endless charging stations for you. So please only use it if/when you really need to.
Please do not bring wireless speakers, ipads, laptops etc. Not only is there a chance they may get damaged or lost, they are actually really distracting for the week. Part of the purpose and success of the camp is getting away from everyday life and re-focusing on what is most important; our relationship with God and each other, so that when we go home, we have something to hold on to and build upon. Unfortunately a lot of what the entertainment culture and society offers us is not really good for us, and so we need to be able to disconnect from this. The team will confiscate for the duration of the camp any technology that is used inappropriately. Sorry, it sounds harsh, but it is for your good and the good of the other young people at camp!