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‘A way to adapt to changes’: Mt Druitt junior youth camp nurtures values and sense of identity 

Creating friendships, intellectual and spiritual excellence, prayer and service to humanity – these were the themes explored at the recent March Mounty Movement Junior Youth (JY) Camp. 
 
Featuring sports, arts, games, and food, the camp was dedicated to nurturing a strong sense of identity and values within the young people of Mount Druitt – a neighbourhood located in western Sydney. 

Junior youth participants from the recent Mounty Movement camp.

“This JY camp is actually specifically for 12-15 year olds,” Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program animator Ruhi says. “That’s just because we know that they’re going through the biggest changes of their lives.  

“12-15 is actually when they experience spiritual change, physical change, intellectual change. Even just their environment is very different. They’re going through high school, starting high school, puberty’s hitting them. 

“This is the way for them to be able to adapt to those changes and better themselves.” 

Participants enjoying the recent Mt Druitt JY camp.

JY Camp participant Munir says one of the camp highlights was learning about friendship. 

“Friendship is somebody that is honest to you, kind and has respect and someone that has your back,” he says. 

“We also learned this quote – ‘Let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path’. 

“It really means that no matter who you know or you don’t know, you always should show love around the world.” 
 
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Mt Druitt

A neighbourhood located in the west of Sydney, Mt Druitt’s children, young people and adults are passionate about contributing to the betterment of their community. Through regular gatherings, children’s festivals, junior youth camps and social action endeavours, groups of families are striving to build a vibrant community life, welcoming one and all to play an […]

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Published in April, 2024, in Community Stories > Community Building

Available online at: horizons.bahai.org.au/community-stories/a-way-to-adapt-to-changes-mt-druitt-junior-youth-camp-nurtures-values-and-sense-of-identity/

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