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To help you see CRU Day Camps in action, we asked some chaplains and teachers about their experience of partnering with CRU Day Camps.

 
 
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David Hayman - Macarthur Anglican School

Why does your school partner with CRU Day Camps?

As a school which has a Christian ethos and outreach, it is a really great opportunity to reach out in mission and reach out in partnership with the local Christian community.

What impact for the gospel have you seen at your school as a result of the CRU Day Camp?

It’s hard to quantify the impact, but certainly you know that children are getting a gospel message with a different voice than your own and also you know that your high school leaders are being influenced and growing in their own walk with the Lord.

What has been your favourite experience of or story from a CRU Day Camp?

I think for me probably seeing Sophie, an Assistant Leader who have became a Christian at school, grow in her faith over years and be connected into a local church. It’s also been great to see kid’s faces that you know and seeing them so engaged during a Christian Discovery session.

 
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Jeremy Clark - Arndell Anglican College

Why does your school partner with CRU Day Camps?

CRU come with ideas and resources to run a fantastic camp experience for our kids. This helps us meet a need in the community for holiday care.

What impact for the gospel have you seen at your school as a result of the CRU Day Camp?

Students hearing the gospel message during holidays and responding with enthusiasm to find out more. Older students being trained and experiencing high quality Christian ministry.

What has been your favourite experience of or story from a CRU Day Camp?

On our last camp three of our student leaders combined to set up a wonderful challenge for the campers in learning the memory verse. To see these students develop to this level, showing great teamwork and then campers so well engaged in the task brought great joy to me as their leader.

 
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Stewart Rowe - Richard Johnson Anglican School

Why does your school partner with CRU Day Camps?

It has been exciting to partner with CRU Day camps. Our association with the Day Camps commenced in 2014 and has continued to grow and develop since then. Partnering with CRU has had a trifold purpose. Firstly, the camp was held to provide an opportunity for the parents of primary aged students at the school, and later from other independent schools, to send their children to a week long day camp during the third week of the mid- year school holidays. This five day camp gave the students the opportunity to hear the gospel in another setting, in conjunction with other activities. The second main purpose is to provide the opportunity for Secondary students from Richard Johnson to learn to share Jesus with the campers, develop their leadership skills, have the opportunity to grow in their understanding of, and faith in Jesus, and develop positive relationships with the primary students. The third purpose is to build links with the local Church, St Marks Anglican Church.

What impact for the gospel have you seen at your school as a result of the CRU Day Camp?

There has always been a positive response from the primary students in regard to the Day Camp, with many students saying that the camp helped them to understand more about God. A number of students expressed the desire to follow Jesus in their lives. For me, as the Service Learning Co-ordinator and organising the Secondary Assistant Leaders for CRU Blast, there has been great impact for the gospel, seeing the way that God has worked in the lives of the Assistant Leaders, both those who were Christians and those who were learning more about following Jesus.

What has been your favourite experience of or story from a CRU Day Camp?

Seeing the way that the Assistant leaders grew in confidence over the week was a great experience, watching them develop their leadership skills, persevering when they were tired, being flexible and supportive of each other and relating so well to the primary students. Also exciting to see has been the number of Assistant leaders who have returned on following years to lead at the CRU Blast. However, most exciting has been the way that God has worked in the lives of a number of the Assistant leaders who were not Christians when they first came on Camp. Three of the Assistant Leaders became Christians at different times last year and each one spoke about being an Assistant leader on CRU Blast gave them the chance to learn more about Jesus and his death on the cross for them. They are all keen to help again this year.

 
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Dan Odell - Shellharbour Anglican College

Why does your school partner with CRU Day Camps?

Our school partners with Cru Day Camps because we want to see our students connected with Jesus. We were looking to provide an opportunity for our younger students to be involved in a holiday program that would be fun, safe, engaging and gospel centred. CRU Day Camps provided that. Cru Break has been a fantastic week in which we’ve been able to share the gospel to students within the school community and beyond it.

What impact for the gospel have you seen at your school as a result of the CRU Day Camp?

We have seen real fruit from this ministry. Lots of kids have said that through Camp they understood the gospel of Jesus, and made a commitment to faith, or that Camp was a chance to grow in that faith. Cru Break has also been valuable in strengthening the partnership that exists between the College, Harbour Church (which meets here) and Crusaders.

What has been your favourite experience of or story from a CRU Day Camp?

This year I spent time with a student from the college who isn’t from a Christian family, but who has come to trust Jesus through what he’s heard at school and in Cru. Seeing him grow by spending a week on Camp with other students, staff and leaders he didn’t know from his normal contexts was fantastic.

It has been a really great way of engaging kids with the gospel in a new, fun and effective way.