Young people aged 10 to 24 years, make up 19.78% (12,141 persons) (Census, 2011) of the total Camden population of 56, 720 people. This population is estimated to grow significantly over the next 30 years as a result of the extensive new developments planned for the Camden Local Government Area with the South Western Sydney Growth Centre.
This will present a challenge for Camden Council and community organisations working with young people to ensure services meet the population demand. To ensure Camden Council is better able to plan for the current and future population of our young people, we have developed a Youth Snapshot profile of data and information. This document outlines key objectives and strategies for delivering services and programs for young people across the area. For a copy of the Camden Council Youth Snapshot Report please email Council's Community Project Officer (Youth) at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact (02) 4645 5021.
Youth OutReach Activities in the Camden LGA 2013/2014
Thursday Night Outdoor Activities at Narellan:
The Narellan Thursday Night Outreach Program will commence on Thursday 10th October 2013 until Thursday 19th December 2013, breaking for the Christmas period and re-starting Thursday 30th January 2014 until Thursday 10th April. This free outdoor activity program is organised by Camden Community Connections and runs from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. For young people 12 - 25years, Narellan OutReach includes outdoor sports and arts programs, access to resources as well as youth workers and information.
For more information about the Narellan Outreach program, please call 4647 1283 or email email@example.com
Twilight Basketball at Harrington Park:
Camden Valley Basketball Association in partnership with Camden Council brings to you a twilight 3 on 3 basketball competition starting Thursday 10th October 2013. This competition will bounce off every Thursday evening under lights until 6th March 2014 (excluding 19th December 2013 - 30th January 2014). The competition is for young people aged 11 to 25 years in and around the Harrington Park area and the wider Camden community. Get a group of friends together or come along and meet new people. Get active in a fun and social environment. Just $5 per week to play. Get active in a fun and social environment. For more information visit www.wildfire.org.au or call 0410 503 684.
Free Skateboarding Clinics at Kirkham Skate Park
With the assistance of Skateboarding Australia Streetwise Hubs, Camden Council is hosting a series of free skateboarding clinics from July 2013 until June 2014.
These clinics provide an opportunity for young skaters to come together and practice their skills with professional skateboard coaches. The clinics will be held one Sunday each month Kirkham Skate Park, Hilder Street, Elderslie from 10am until 12noon.
Dates for 2013Dates for 2014
Sunday 27th October
Saturday 2nd November – view flyer
Saturday 21st December
Sunday 5th January
Sunday 9th February
Sunday 16th March
Saturday 29th March
Sunday 20th April
Sunday 25th May
All clinics are free of charge and include the use of helmets and skate boards.
For more information please visit Skateboarding Australia's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/skateboardingaustralia or www.sba.org.au or phone 0430 379 411.
Free Youth Boot Camp and Pool Entry at Mt Annan Leisure Centre
If you are between the ages of 11 and 18yrs and live in the Camden LGA, come down to Mount Annan Leisure Centre for free boot camp fitness sessions and free pool entry these school holidays! Youth boot camp will be held 5pm-6pm every Tuesday and Thursday and free pool entry is available from 4:30pm-6:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays.
To be eligible, young people must reside in the Camden LGA and be aged 11 -18yrs. This activity is supported by Camden Council and organised in partnership with YMCA Mount Annan Leisure Centre. For more details, please contact (02) 4648 4830 or visit www.ymcasydney.org.au/mtannan
Free Transport for Young People in the Camden LGA
Are you aged 11 to 18years and need to get out and about? Get yourself down to Camden or Narellan Library to pick up a free one-way bus voucher to use on any local bus service in the Camden-Macarthur region. This one-way voucher can be used to get around anywhere in the Camden Local Government Area to access youth and recreational activities anytime during the year. The project will run 1st July 2013 – 30th June 2014.
To be eligible, young people must show proof of residence in the Camden Local Government Area and be aged 11 - 18years. This transport initiative is funded and supported by Camden Council. For more information please call (02) 4645 5021, email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the flyer.
Rockwave Dance Party at Camden Civic Centre
It's time to party! Rockwave Dance Party is back for its fifth year in a row! A safe and secure event, Rockwave is for young people aged 11 - 18years and offers a fantastic line up of entertainment including DJ's, live performances, awesome sound and lighting plus heaps of giveaways and prizes. Tickets are $5.
The next Rockwave will be held on Saturday 14th April 2014 during Youth Week. For more information please contact the Camden Civic Centre on (02) 4655 8681 or visit www.camdenciviccentre.com.au
View the full list of Youth OutReach activities for young people in the Camden Local Government Area.
Camden-Wollongong Beach Bus 2013/2014
The Camden-Wollongong Beach Bus is a free bus service to Wollongong beach for young people 12 -18 years and operates during the summer school holiday period. This year, the service will operate from Saturday 21st December 2013 - Tuesday 28th January 2014. Young people are required to present a valid school pass or concession card when collecting tickets and must live, work or study in the Camden Local Government Area. Tickets will be available for collection from Monday 16th December 2013 at Camden and Narellan Library. To download the flyer and bus times, please click here.
Note: Camden Council and Busways take no responsibility for young people using this service. No supervision will be provided. Parental consent forms will need to be signed and presented upon ticket collection. To download the parental consent form, please click here
For more information about this service, please contact (02) 4645 5021 or email email@example.com
2014 Youth Week Activities
National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people across Australia. In 2013, over a thousand Camden young people aged 12 to 25 years participated in local youth week activities. Next year National Youth Week will take place from 4th – 13th April 2014.
In order to help local community groups and organisations celebrate NYW 2014, Camden Council, with the support of the NSW Government, is providing financial assistance for not-for-profit organisations and community/youth services that are facilitating applicable projects or local Youth Week events.
Funding applications are open now and will close 5pm Friday 13th December 2013. To download the Camden Council 2014 Youth Week EOI application package, please click here. You can also contact Council on 4645 5021 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Alternatively you can stay up to date by visiting the Camden Youth Council's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/camdenyouthcouncil
Camden Youth Council (CYC)
Camden Youth Council (CYC) plays an important role in assisting Camden Council to develop initiatives and projects for young people living in the Camden Local Government Area. CYC is for young people aged 15 to 25 years who are interested in discussing issues, expressing views and contributing to the development of the local Camden community. CYC is a fantastic opportunity for young people to become involved and ensure young people of Camden have a voice. This includes providing Camden young people with an opportunity to have their say, be heard and get involved in local youth project, initiatives and events.
There are 12 positions for young people on CYC and are held for a 2-year period. CYC calls for applications from enthusiastic, vibrant and energetic young people who live, work or study in the Camden LGA every 2 years in February with the next round of applications in 2015. If you would like to get involved in assisting CYC run youth-led activities and events in the Camden LGA, please submit an application at any time.
To download the Camden Youth Council Application Form please click here
To download the Camden Youth Council Reference and Parental Consent form please click here
To view our Camden Youth Council Flyer please click here
You can also stay up to date with what CYC is doing in the Camden community by visiting the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/camdenyouthcouncil alternatively you can phone (02) 4645 5021 or email email@example.com for more information.
Stepping Up Macarthur: HSC Major Artworks Exhibition Opportunity
HSC major work showcase Stepping Up will be back in 2014! Stepping Up is a youth lead arts project that creates an avenue for Higher School Certificate (HSC) students to celebrate the efforts and talent that goes into HSC major works by offering public/community exhibition spaces across the Macarthur Region. After being overwhelmed by the community response earlier this year Stepping Up director and local young person, Natalie Wadwell, has plans for its expansion to enable more enthusiastic members of the community to get involved with this unique initiative and form a committee. Please see the Stepping Up flyer for more details of what the role entails and how to obtain more information. Fore more information about Stepping Up Macarthur HSC Major Artwork Exhibition please contact Natalie Wadwell on 0433 853 265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden Youth Services Directory
Young people, youth services, community groups, schools and other residents now have access to an easy-to-follow youth services directory that is specific to the Camden area. Featuring information about local youth services, health and education services, transport options, recreation parks and employment opportunities, the Camden Youth Services Directory aims to increase community awareness of services and resources available in the area for young people.
The directory can be downloaded from Council's website by clicking here or copies can be obtained by phoning 4645 5021 or email email@example.com
Camden Council Wheelie Bin Beat Box Sound System
The Wheelie Bin Beat Box Sound System is a self-contained, solar powered amplification unit with iPod/Laptop connectivity designed to be set-up and used at any outdoor or indoor event. This system can be used with any ports that will support a laptop, iPod, mixing deck and CD players and also features a microphone.
The Wheelie Bin Beat Box Sound System is an individually designed, hand crafted unit that features high volume and high fidelity sound.
The Wheelie Bin beat Box Sound System is available for hire for only not-for-profit community groups, charitable organisations, youth services and high schools within the Camden Local Government Area.
For further information about booking the Wheelie Bin Sound System, contact Camden Council Community Planning & Development Team on 4645 5021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information.
Support for Special Achievers
The Support for Young Persons Special Achievers Program is to support gifted and talented people who live in the Camden LGA. The program provides a once only grant of up to $500 to assist to meet the costs of participation in a cultural, academic or sporting event representing Camden, NSW or Australia at a state or national level.
A special achiever, for the purposes of this program, is one who has been selected on merit, to represent NSW or Australia in their chosen field of endeavour. This definition includes people with disabilities. No more than one donation will be granted to any applicant under this program. Applications are received at any time of the year. For an application form click here
For more information about this program or for any questions, please contact 4645 5023 or email email@example.com
Drives for Learners in Macarthur - Log Book Runs
Drives for Learners in Macarthur is a joint project between Campbelltown City Council and Camden Council. This project includes a booklet detailing driving routes around the Macarthur area. In addition to the booklet, a Day Time Log Book Run event is offered to the community 4 times per year. The Log Book Run event is an organised drive based on a route from the booklet which learner drivers and their supervisors are invited to attend.
For more information about the Drives for Learners in Macarthur program, click here or phone 4645 5046.
Places and Spaces for Young People
The Space: Digital Studios
The Space: Digital Studios is available for community groups and services to use 6 days a week. Featuring a fully-equipped Mac Room with computers, design software, data projectors and surround sound. The Space has central access with computers, sound and recording studio equipment and free Wi-Fi internet access. There are many different workshops and free activities held in The Space especially during school holidays and Youth Week. Please contact (02) 4645 5039 for further information.
Kirkham Skate Park
Located along Camden Valley Way, Elderslie, Kirkham Skate Park has much to offer young skateboard and scooter riders in the Camden LGA. A series of free skateboard clinics are run each month on a weekend by Skateboarding Australia Wester Sydney Hubs from July 2013 until June 2014. These clinics provide an opportunity for young people to come together and practice skills with professional skateboard coaches. These clinics are strictly for young skateboard riders. Held from 10am - 12noon, these clinics include free use of skateboards and protective equipment. For more information please visit Skateboarding Australia's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/skateboardingaustralia or http://www.sba.org.au/ or phone 0430 379 411.
Camden Library Services
Camden Council Library Service provides information and activities for young people between 12 and 25 years of age. Many youth library programs are on offer to Camden young people including the Your Tutor program, HSC assistance and free study lectures and information session, a range of library Youth Week activities as well as library blogs and information and assignment help.
Mount Annan Leisure Centre
The Mt Annan Leisure Centre offers a range of health and aquatic programs and services to cater for the diverse ages, interests and abilities of it's surrounding communities. Aquatic and fitness facilities include a fitness centre, group fitness room, leisure pool, program pool and lap pools. Programs include teen gym, junior gym, personal training, group fitness classes, learn to swim, squad training, birthday parties, and vacation care. For more information about the youth programs on offer at Mount Annan Leisure Centre, please contact (02) 46484830 or visit www.ymcasydney.org.au/mtannan
Camden Community Connections - Camden Area Youth Services (CAYS) Program
Camden Area Youth Services (CAYS) is a program for young people between the ages of 12 and 18years. CAYS offer a wide range of programs, activities and casework support for young people living in the Camden LGA.
CAYS provides information, assistance and support to young people and/or their families who live in the Camden LGA. A range of activities are provided to assist young people with life skills, social skills, relationships, personal development, educational and career support. Other programs include breakfast outreach, Thursday Night program (Out-ReAcH), school holiday activities, young mums group and excursions.
If you would like to find out more about CAYS programs, email or phone (02) 4647 1283. You can also visit in person at: Camden Community Connections, Community Office 1, Narellan Library Complex, Cnr Queen and Elyard St, Narellan NSW 2567.
Youth Solutions is a youth drug and alcohol prevention and health promotion charity working with young people 12 - 25 years of age and the broader community in the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions of NSW to:
- provide the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions of NSW with a specialist resource in youth drug and alcohol prevention
- develop and maintain drug and alcohol health promotion strategies, in an effort to prevent or reduce alcohol or drug related harm among young people
Youth Solutions provides services for young people 12 - 25 years of age and the community including:
- prevention and health promotion
- drug an alcohol education
- community programs
- information and referral
For more information about Youth Solutions please contact (02) 46282 319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Youth Solutions website http://www.youthsolutions.com.au/ or www.facebook.com/youthsolutions
Break Through Youth Employment Mentoring Program
The Break Through Youth Employment Mentoring Program has been operating in the Macarthur region for the past five years, offering young people (16-25 years) the opportunity to work 1:1 with an employment focused mentor from the local business community. The aim is to have the young person learn from the experiences of their mentor in order to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve their individual career goals.
Break Through is currently looking to recruit businesses and mentors from the Camden LGA, willing to support the program and participate as employment focused mentors.
For further information and an Expression of interest form, please contact Edward Feuerstein, Program Coordinator, on 0420 308 324 or via email: email@example.com or click here to view the Expression of Interest Form.
Youth Connections in Camden
Youth Connections is a program that assists young people aged 11 - 19 years who are most-at-risk of disengaging or already have disengaged from education, training and/or family and the community. The Youth Connections program for the Camden area is facilitated by MTC Work Solutions.
The Camden Youth Connections program will include a number of components to assist young people to engage in education and employment. Topics covered include:
- Life and social skills
- Budgeting and finance
- Job seeking skills including guest speakers from government agencies
- Building healthy relationships
- Self-esteem, goal setting, body image etc
- Leadership and team building skills
- Sport & Recreation components
- Obtaining Senior First Aid Certificate, OH&S White Card, etc
For more information about the Youth Connections program, please contact MTC Work Solutions on 4645 8700.
Youth Strategic Plan 2005-2010
To view the 'Youth Strategic Plan' 2005-2010 click here
Getting Around Camden
Camden offers a wide range of public bus transport with numerous bus stops scattered throughout the LGA.
These buses regularly travel to and from Campbelltown station and Macarthur Square, providing easy access to Wollongong bus services, City Rail train services and Campbelltown shopping.