Base Camp in mountaineering terms, is a place where climbers set up a temporary community for shelter, preparation and planning, equipping and acclimatisation, and the start of an exciting adventure. It is a place to come alongside other climbers and adventurers who are embarking on a similar expedition. It is at Base Camp where climbers engage the skills and insights of others more experienced in what is ahead, to help guide them safely to the summit and back.
Baptist Camping Victoria’s (BCV) ‘BaseCamp’ has a similar purpose. It is a place designed for young people to come and establish a temporary community to develop, challenge, and ultimately explore their God-given futures with other like minded people. It is a place of safety, of equipping and preparation, and definitely the start of an exciting adventure.
‘BaseCamp’ is an Internship with Baptist Camping Victoria, that has partnered with GoTafe, and Whitley College, (a college of the University of Divinity). Over the course of the year the Interns will work on camp with our team, as well as study and attain a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, and complete five of eight units towards a Diploma of Theology.
The Internship has been running since 2007 with many young people completing the program. Armed with a greater sense of self and gained qualifications, these graduate interns have gone on to successful careers in education, youth work, social work, outdoor recreation, and full-time Ministry roles in the Church.