Called to Holiness: Family Camping Weekend
Coming out of the World Meeting of Families 2022, the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation is really excited to be running the Called to Holiness: Family Camping Weekend on 4–6 November 2022 at Wooglemai Catholic Camping Facility/ Environmental Centre, Sheehys Creek Road, Oakdale (15 minutes from Picton).
The weekend is for families of all ages, including couples with or without children, and single parents with their children and aims to bring them together to celebrate the great gift of family life. The weekend allows us to be nurtured by each other’s company and emboldened as families to witness to the love of God in our world, a key hope articulated by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families earlier this year.
This will be an awesome opportunity for families throughout the Diocese to come together in a relaxed environment to enable connection, sharing in meals, games, music, prayer and Sunday Mass with Bishop Brian Mascord.
Before you register via the link at the bottom of the page, we first invite you to learn more about the event below.
This is a beautiful campsite, with plenty of space for families to set up a tent, caravan / camper trailer or swags. These are unpowered / unwatered sites, but drinking water is available on site. All rubbish / waste water must be collected and disposed of thoughtfully. There are no pets allowed on this site.
Bunk Rooms: There is an option to register spots for separate male or female bunk rooms which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Parents / guardians who select this option, must have a guardian staying with their children in these rooms, as there will be adults and children of all ages potentially in each bunk room. Children are not to be left alone in the bunk rooms or other accommodation on site at any time during the event.
Toilets / Showers
There is a male / female toilet block for campers and a toilet in each of the bunk houses. There are only 4 showers, 2 in each of the bunk rooms and as such, campers are asked to come prepared to have a basic wash in their own accommodation space. The bunk room showers can be made available for other campers, but only if really necessary.
Supervision of Children
- Parents/legal guardians of children in attendance at the event are responsible for the safety and care of their children at all times. Please note there are two ropes courses on site that are the property of the Department of Education and are not to be used by campers.
- It is the responsibility of parents / guardians for constant supervision of their children, including in their selected accommodation option.
- Children are not to be left alone in any accommodation, or other rooms at any time during the event
- If a parent/legal guardian has a safety or wellbeing concern about a child or adult participant, it is their responsibility to immediately report the concern to the event organiser and onsite event coordinator, Mr Jude Hennessy
Food / Cooking Facilities
This is a self-catered weekend, so families need to plan their own meals. There is a camp kitchen and eating area with access to the following.
- Gas cooktops
- Hot Water
- Small Gas Fridge for basics (So bring your own esky / Ice)
- We have options for an indoor or outdoor fire (weather permitting), with plenty of firewood on site – so camp oven cooking is another option.
- NB: Responsible consumption of alcohol is permitted.
Activities / Games
There is plenty of space for fun and games such as;
- Touch footy
- Bocce / Finska
- Board games
- Music – Campfire Singalong (Bring an instrument if you play)
- Mass with Bishop Mascord in a beautiful bush chapel on Sunday
- Rosary walk together on Saturday afternoon
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – with 1 hour sign on shift options – praying for marriage and families
- 30 minute talk on vocation of marriage & family for adults and a separate talk for teenagers (Wollongong, National Evangelisation Team)
What to bring
- All your own food and drinks / cooking and eating utensils etc.
- Toiletries / towels etc.
- This is a bush setting, so sturdy enclosed shoes are recommended.
- It is heading into summer, but still potentially cold overnight, so be ready for anything – including rain, when packing clothes
- Some sporting gear will be provided, but you may have a game you wish to bring and include others in.
- Basic first aid supplies will be on site – but families should make some provision for this
- Camp chairs / rug
No pets are allowed on this campsite.
Cost is $30 per adult or $70 per family (Regardless of size)
To register please follow this link which will ask you a number of questions to help us plan the weekend and prepare the site:
For more information or to help with the organisation of the weekend, please contact Helen Bennett [email protected] / 02 4222 2403, or contact Jude Hennessy jude[email protected] or Ph: Jude Hennessy 0408 236 191