BORDERLINE YOUTH CAMP
What is BYC?
No it isn't the latest Tik Tok trend... Borderline Youth Camp is a week long personal development and leadership program aimed at developing the interpersonal and professional skills of young adults.
The term Borderline stands for the fact we are open to young people attending from either side of the Borderline. Goondiwindi to Tweed Heads, Gold Coast to Moree and everywhere in between.
WHY SHOULD I GIVE UP MY HOLIDAYS FOR BYC?
A common comment at the end of every Borderline Youth Camp is "that was the best week of my life!" The skills and lessons learnt, the people met, the atmosphere and the fun all contribute to make this a great stepping stone to living your masterpiece.
WHAT AM I GOING TO LEARN?
During the program, participants will explore & develop:
Communicating & listen skills
Public speaking skills
Relationships in all areas of life (work, personal)
Stress management skills
Short/long term goal setting
Characteristics of effective leaders
Various styles of leadership
WHO CAN GO?
Young people, from diverse backgrounds aged between 15 & 18. Although BYC touches on many topics including mental health, our camp isn't only for at-risk teenagers. We don't categorise young people into groups, we are open to anyone in that age bracket.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO? (FREEEEEEE)
If you are a young person and wanting to attend; speak to your school, work place or community group to see if they will sponsor you!
But if you are super busy with school and maintaining a social life then APPLY and we can help you out finding a sponsor!
Are you a School, Community Group or Business and would like to sponsor an awardee this year? Email us for more info!
You can contact us in regards to invoicing, payment & any other details regarding BYC.
Please contact us if you have any questions!
2023 CAMP DATES:
June 24-30, Cherrabah Resort, Elbow Valley, QLD
September 16-22, Cherrabah Resort, Elbow Valley, QLD
Why are we different?
Firstly we are DESTROYING the stigma that 'youth camps' have in Australia. It's often said that youth camps are either 'religious' or 'corny' two things that Borderline Youth Camp are not.
We are one of the only youth camps in Australia that aren't associated to any particular association, we are simply a stand alone camp with only one agenda and that's making the lives of young people SO MUCH BETTER!
Half of our team either attended or were leaders on camps with Rotary, Church, School or other community organisations.
These camps are incredible and do great work in helping young people, but what we found was there was an agenda on joining these organisations or groups rather than the main focus being on the mental wellbeing of teenagers in attendance.
That, mixed with a main focus on JUST leadership & teamwork skills didn't target the huge societal problem of young people struggling with their mental health more than ever.
We thought; suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Australia, not the lack of leadership skills they have.
The gap in assisting young people this way is huge and one that we were not prepared to sit back and get ignored.
After our years volunteering on these camps planned by Rotary, Church, School or other organisations we found that change wasn't going to happen, it wasn't wanted in these current camps and they weren't prepared to shift forward with the times and shape the program around youth mental health.
So thats why Borderline Youth Camp was created! The change that young people were screaming for, the experience that isn't clinical or boring, the relatable, fun & exciting voice they needed.
Lets chat Youth Mental Health...
You may notice that we said 'youth mental health' like 50,000 times above, that's because everything we do is for young people to better themselves & their mental health - it's that simple.
We work closely with our very own experienced Psychologist when planning our camp to ensure the best experience for everyone.
We will add our program is strategically planned to assist with a range of topics that effect young people today. We are a network of school teachers, youth workers, social workers, community leaders from all over Australia who have experienced or dealt with first hand the effects youth mental health struggles have on young people.
We offer a range of resources for everyone on our camp to assist with their mental health and are constantly meeting with Organisations, Government, Youth Services, Psychologists & many professionals to ensure we have the best week for these teenagers and the best life moving forward.
Promoting BYC to Teenagers
Young people struggling with their mental health is sadly such a common thing in Australia these days that we don't need to parade around with huge banners saying 'YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CAMP' because...
1: That scares away our target audience (teenagers)
2: We are not about labelling people or categorising them into levels of their mental strength.
Back to point 1.
We open our camp to everyone aged 15-18 no matter who you are, where you're from or if you're struggling with your mental health or not. There is no denying that some young people need this more than others, we just aren't in the position or want to be in the position to determine that.
Like we said before young people struggling with their mental health these days is SO common that we know anyone who attends our camp will benefit mentally from it.
What is BYC?Borderline Youth Camp (BYC) is a week long personal development and leadership program aimed at developing the interpersonal and proffesional skills of young adults.
When is BYC?BYC 2021 is held in the June/July & September/October school holidays.
What are my obligations at BYC?Your obligations before BYC are: Well... pack your bags and get ready to go! Your obligations on BYC are: Come along with an open mind & be prepared for some solidddd fun life changing! Your obligations after BYC are: After BYC you would of left having an INCREDIBLE time thanks to your new mates, the team at BYC & our incredible sponsors who keep this camp free for you! These sponsors may be community groups, businesses or schools! We would love to bring you along to meet with a sponsor after and tell them about your experience!
Where is BYC held?BYC Winter (June/July) is held at Cherrabah Resort, Elbow Valley (near Warwick). BYC Spring (Sept/Oct) is held at Camp Laurence, Lake Moogerah QLD
Is it ok to be scared?ABSOLUTELY! Not because there is anything scary happening, but because we all get scared of the unknown! Oh and there is very limited physical activity. Like not hiking, big sporting games, running etc. (phew) Also you sleep in cabins... not tents. Hope that covered everything.
WHY WON'T YOU TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE PROGRAM!!!?IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS! Some of the lessons come from the reaction of you not knowing what is going on or what is coming up next! Our program is specially planned in detail to make sure your experience is one that will change your life!
I have allergies, dietary or special requirements, what should I do?"Make a note of this on your application. One of our friendly crew will be in touch in the lead up to camp to confirm your requirments!
What do I pack?You will be send a packing list a few weeks before camp! It's pretty simple stuff!
This camp sounds creepy, plz confirm it isn't a cult!"OK OK OK! We get that BYC sounds very creepy with this whole "We TeLL yOu nOtHing" vibe. BYC is something truly special that you will learn so much for in a good way! There are an incredible bunch of leaders & co-ordinators that make sure this camp isn't a cory or boring week! This isn't a religious, government or school based camp & it is 100% not a Fidget Spinner or Riverdale appreciation cult (for now). This is something for you to be cool and comfortable at, while having a week you DO NOT want to end!
Are you run by any particualr business or organisation?Borderline is an independent group run only to support the many young people who come along to our camp each year. We aren't run by any religious group, business, Government body or organisation. This is so our one and only agenda is to make sure you have a great experience and plan the best possible path for the future! We do however have incredible sponsors who contribute in many ways to make Borderline happen and we are forever grateful for them!