Young people aged 10 to 24 years, make up 19.78% (12,141 persons) (ABS, 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 LGA with the South Western Sydney Growth Centre.
This will present a challenge for Council and Community organisations working with young people to ensure services meet the population demand. To ensure 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 email@example.com or contact 4645 5021.
Camden Youth Week Activities 2013 - Be Active, Be Happy, Be You!
Camden Youth Week activities this year took place Friday 5th - Sunday 14th April 2013 with the theme Be Active! Be Happy! Be You!. Activities included the Narellan inaugural Zombie Apocalypse, Rockwave Dance Party, SingStar showcase, RepResent Macarthur: Regional Youth Forum, Camden Blues AFL Community Club night, Mount Annan Leisure Centre Youth Boot Camp, DECKed out heART Aboriginal Art workshops, cooking demonstrations for young people with a disability. You can download the entire 2013 Camden Youth Week list of events here.
Camden Youth Week activities will be held Friday 4th April - Sunday 13th April 2014. If you would like to get involved in the planning and organising of local Youth Week activities please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 4645 5021. Alternatively you can stay up to date by visiting the Camden Youth Council's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/camdenyouthcouncil
Stepping Up Macarthur
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. Alternatively if your looking to showcase your HSC major artwork locally, please click here for more details. Step Up today as entries close May 15th 2013.
Camden-Wollongong Beach Bus
The Camden-Wollongong Beach Bus program will operate Saturday 21st December 2013 until Tuesday 28th January 2014. Please visit this page in early December 2013 for ticket information and timetables for this program.
Out-Reach Programs in the Camden LGA
Narellan: Come along to Out-ReAcH! A FREE Thursday night outdoor activity program for local young people 12 - 25 years during daylight savings time. Held in the outdoor plaza area of the Narellan Library (outside of the Narellan Town Centre) every Thursday night until the end of daylight savings, from 6pm - 8pm, Out-ReAcH is the place where you can access information, meet local youth workers, get involved in outdoor activities, BBQ's and have fun! You don't need to book - just come down! This is a program run and organised by Camden Area Youth Services program from Camden Community Connections with support from Camden Council and Camden Local Area Command. For more info call 4647 1283 or email email@example.com
Harrington Park: Free Outreach and School Holiday activities will be held at Harrington Park Community Centre for young people in the Camden area in 2013. Activities include outdoor sports, music, BBQ's and will be held 4pm - 8pm on 11 January 2013, 25 January 2013 and 26 July 2013. This activity is supported by Camden Council. For more information please contact Paul on 0438 550 723.
Mount Annan: Come down to Mount Annan Leisure Centre for some Cardio Boxing and Swimming! Every Tuesday and Thursday in the school holidays, young people aged 11 - 18yrs can have fun with Cardio Boxing classes and pool entry. Cost is only a gold coin donation! This activity is supported by Camden Council. Contact Sarah or Victoria at Mount Annan Leisure Centre on 4648 4830 for more information or visit: www.ymcasydney.org.au/mtannan
Camden: Camden Civic Centre will host a series of Rockwave Under 18's Dance Parties for young people in the Camden LGA over the next 12 months. These include tunes, dancing, giveaways and prizes. Cost is $5 entry. Rockwave will take place 2nd February 2013 and 13th April 2013 from 7pm - 10pm. Contact the Camden Civic Centre on 4655 8681 for more information.
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.
The 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.
Download the Camden Youth Council Application Form here
Download the Camden Youth Council Reference and Parental Consent form here
To view our Youth Council Flyer on what we are about please click here
For more information about CYC please phone 4645 5021 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.
Camden Council Wheelie Bin Beat Box
Conceived and endorsed by the Community NSW Western Sydney Cluster Group Funderground: the Wheelie Bin Beat Box 2011 project aims to provide a platform for Western Sydney young people to perform live music, original musical composition or present live DJ mixes in live sites across a number of local government areas in Western Sydney.
The Wheelie Bin Beat Box 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 comes with a silver iPod shuffle, microphone, back up battery pack and of course – the Wheelie Bin!
The Wheelie Bin Beat Box Sound System is an individually designed, hand crafted unit. Featuring high volume, high fidelity sound, the Wheelie Bin Beat Box Sound System is most suited to small to medium sized gatherings like picnics, street parties or mobile public events. Operation is plug_and_play via USB ports that will support, laptop, ipod, mixing deck and CD players.
The Wheelie Bin beat Box Sound System is available for hire for not-for-profit community groups, charitable organisations, youth services and schools within the Camden LGA.
How can people use the Wheelie Bin Sound System?
The wheelie bin sound system can be used in one of two ways.
1. As an amplification system for live performance. Using the microphone function on the system young people can sing and/or amplify their own musical instrument with the sound system.
2. Using the inputs supplied the sound system becomes a simple plug and play device. The system can be used to present mixed or sampled edited original music from an iPod, iPad or laptop.
For further information about the Wheelie Bin Sound System, contact Camden Council Community Planning & Development Team on (02) 4645 5021 or email@example.com
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Koori Flow is a project initiative from Muru Nanga Mai, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly Councils with support from UnitingCare Burnside, which aims to increase awareness and engagement for young aboriginal people 9 - 18 years. Koori Flow involves building stronger access to youth services for Aboriginal young people in the Camden LGA. The project also aims to build connections between young aboriginal people and the wider Camden community.
Support for Young Persons Special Achievers
The Support for Young Persons Special Achievers Program is to support gifted and talented young people under 23 years 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.
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 Tracy Dunn, Program Coordinator, on 0420 308 324 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
For more information about the Youth Connections program, please contact MTC Work Solutions on 4645 8700.
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.
Youth Strategic Plan 2005-2010
To view the 'Youth Strategic Plan' 2005-2010 click here
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 wifi 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.
Camden Area Youth Services (CAYS)
Camden Area Youth Services (CAYS) is a service for young people between the ages of 12 and 25. CAYS offer a wide range of after school activities on Mondays and Tuesdays for young people and school holiday programs.
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 and excursions.
Activities include general drop-in services, outings, youth services outreach and referral to other services. CAYS operate from the CAYS HQ Youth Space, Narellan Community Hall, Queen St, Narellan on Monday and Tuesday's from 2.30pm - 5.30pm, Wednesday Young Mums group 10am - 12noon and from the Camden Community Connections Office: Monday - Friday; 8.30am - 4.30pm.
If you would like to find out more about CAYS programs, email or call Maria on 4647 1283 or 0448 022 407. You can also visit CAYS in person at: Camden Community Connections, Community Office 1, Narellan Library Complex, Cnr Queen and Elyard St, Narellan NSW 2567.
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.