Camp helps youth overcome challenges

Salvation Army youth workers and brothers Steven (left) and Sam Freind. Picture: Marcus Whisson d413569
Salvation Army youth workers and brothers Steven (left) and Sam Freind. Picture: Marcus Whisson d413569

More than 30 youth aged 12-15 years old from Morley and surrounding areas will attend the 20th annual Salvation Army Youth Camp (SAYC) in Margaret River from Friday, January 17, to January 24.

Steven (27) said the camp incorporated an array of activities to allow youth to experience challenges, develop self-esteem, build relationships, gain group work skills and learn more about themselves.

‘The camp gives young people a safe space to challenge themselves with activities that they would not do in day-to-day life, reflect on what they have done and to grow through each experience,’ he said.

‘There is a huge emphasis on teamwork in community on camp, and seeing young people work in teams and grow through their experiences is a massive life skill which they learn and have as they mature in to young adults.

‘The camp has helped many young people and there are still connections with people who attended the camp many years ago who are now doing great in their communities.’

As a youth pastor, Steven said he was able to connect with young people from all areas of life.

‘Many of whom have had many challenges come their way,’ he said.

‘The best part of my job is just being able to give a listening ear and being able to see someone grow as they work through challenges life throws at them and also being able to see them succeed as they mature into young adults.’

Youth leader Samuel (20) agreed and said the best part about helping the Salvos was seeing smiling faces when people see what you represent by wearing a Salvos shirt.

‘I love helping and being with people in all walks of life,’ he said.