PYNSW equips young people and their leaders in local churches through camping, special religious education (SRE), and training.

PY Camping Update

It’s with a heavy heart we’re announcing: Summer Camp 2020 won’t be going ahead.

Gathering people from far and wide, to live in close community for most of a week, while it would be encouraging, would not be wise.

BUT looking forward to Summer Camp 2021, we are going to run “Who is this man?”, with Davo Gunning coming from Adelaide, to give a series of talks from the book of Luke. Please fill out this form so we know you’re interested and put the dates (27th Dec 2021 – 1st Jan, 2022) in your diary.

Read Think Act

Read Think Act studies are available to download and use at home:


We are still running the Lead for Life Internship in 2020 from 27/12/2020 to 1/1/2021 at two hub sites: Newcastle, and Penrith. Please pray for our interns and their leaders.

PY City 2020

The final PY City for 2020 was Wednesday (4/11/2020) 7:30pm at Merrylands East Presbyterian Church, on “How do I plan a year of youth group?”.
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Before that was Wednesday (12/8/2020) 7:30pm at Hurstville Presbyterian Church: topic was “How do I work with parents to disciple youth?

We will have some 2021 dates available soon.

PY Encourage

Saturday 10-4, for youth group leaders outside of Sydney

PY Encourage Hunter: Saturday 24 October (still going ahead, but with a new date, and now from 10am-2pm – More information, and to register). $5 – we will be walking to nearby shops for lunch.


Presbyterian Youth Annual Forum 2020 was held on Saturday June 27, via zoom, from 10am-12pm.

COVID-19 Update:

Winter Camp 2020 was our first online camp! It ran over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Virtual Winter Camp 2020- June 5-8

Other events – PY Encourage, PY City, OMEC and the Japan Trip have also been impacted. Watch this space for replacement events.

Dates for 2020:

PYNSW runs camps at two main times during the year:

Winter Camp runs on the Queen’s Birthday weekend – June 5-8, 2020. Three camps in one weekend – 5/6 camp for primary school kids, junior camp for kids in year 7-10 (or equivalent) and young adults camp (for people in year 11, up to 23 year olds).

Summer Camp runs from December 27 to New Year’s Day  (January 1) inclusive each year.

One of our most exciting programmes is the Lead for Life Internship program that runs at Summer Camp each year, from Boxing Day to New Years’ Day. Read more…

PY Japan Mission Vision Trip

The Japan trip has been cancelled for 2020. If you’re interested in a Japan trip at the end of 2021, please fill in this form.

PY City 2020

A new initiative in 2020, to gather youth leaders from different churches on the one night – find out more.

PY OMEC 2020

Our Online Mentor Equipping Course started up on September 19 in Coffs Harbour. The Sydney course has been postponed to 20 February, 2021 – find out more.

History of Camping

We are currently working on a project exploring the history of Presbyterian youth camping in NSW: the Presbyterian Fellowship Union was first constituted in 1874, and so far we’ve found camping photos as early as 1909. Do you have photos or stories to tell from camping? We would love to hear them. Please let us know.