Don't conform - transform

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Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. - Romans 12:2 (The Message)

Each year, SAYCO (South Australian Youth Camp Out) provides young people from the Uniting Church in South Australia – and beyond – with an opportunity to grow in faith and discipleship. In 2017, the camp will once again draw high school-aged young people (years 8-12) from across the state for a weekend of high energy worship, transformational faith experiences and Christian community.

“This year's SAYCO, which will be held at Woodcroft College over the October long weekend [30 September – 2 October], is based on Romans 12:2 and centred on the theme of ‘Rebels’,” explains Mike Wardrop, Uniting Church SA Intergenerational Discipleship Developer.

Luke Rasmussen, the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Hope Church in Adelaide, will speak into this theme over the course of the camp.

“To me, a rebel is someone who is countercultural. Jesus was the greatest rebel of his time – he challenged the leaders of the day and showed true, sacrificial love,” says Luke.

“Truth is being questioned all over the world right now. I think this is one of the greatest challenges facing teens today. Young people are finding it difficult to find something to stand on and to build their lives on.”

Mike adds: “The gospel of Jesus Christ offers truth and good news that shines as a light of hope to the world. SAYCO endeavours to grow a radical generation of lifelong Christians, fired up to join God's work in the world.”

Both Luke and Mike hope that SAYCO 2017 will help campers to feel they can stand firm in God, hear Christ’s call to love and help others, and to live a life of purpose.

“SAYCO provides an opportunity for young people to create a community seeking to live out the Great Commission and support one another,” says Luke.

“I hope that over the course of the camp young people will be given confidence in the truth of the Gospel. We want to help create young people willing to rebel – to make a stand, live with sacrificial love, and see change in their own lives.”

Team SAYCO are pleased to announce the opening of SAYCO registrations through the new online event system. Groups that pre-registered have been sent their own unique link for their participants to register. Each church has its own Group Coordinator who can be contacted to obtain the group’s unique code or to find out more about registration. The last day to register and purchase SAYCO merchandise is 7 September. Registrations will fully close on 17 September.

For more information about SAYCO 2017, please visit or contact the SAYCO Office on 8236 4270 or 



What? An annual camp for young people in high school (years 8-12), providing a safe, fun, thought-provoking environment for youth to explore faith.

When? 30 September – 2 October.

Where? Woodcroft College (Bains Road, Morphett Vale).


Young people attend SAYCO as part of church groups. Each church group is responsible for their own meals, travel and accommodation requirements.

Young people wishing to attend SAYCO, or parents of young people who wish to attend, are encouraged to speak to leaders within their church about plans for sending a group to the camp. Those who are not able to join a group from their own church are encouraged to contact the SAYCO Office to be connected with another church’s group.

A Group Coordinator is approved by the Church Council of each attending group to coordinate the camp requirements, ensure a safe camping environment for everyone involved, and oversee the registration of campers and leaders. For more information about this role, please visit

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