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JYFs - Junior Young Friends

JYF Camp 2019

To download the flyer for the 2019 JYF Camp (which includes the registration form) please click here.

 
Junior Young Friends are aged 13 (or year 9) to 15 (or year 11).
 
There are about 80 JYFs in New Zealand with 30-35 attending events. Annual Gatherings are held (usually September or October) around the country hosted by different Monthly Meetings.
 
The purpose of these gatherings is to bring Quaker teenagers together at the age at which many disappear from Meetings. This is an opportunity to help them understand some Quaker philosophy and activities, give them an experience in a Quaker group, as well as an opportunity to get to know each other and have a good time doing things together. JYFs are encouraged to participate in daily Meeting for Worship, Business Meeting, a work programme and writing the epistle.
 
A theme is usually tied to a gathering. This creates a focus for discussions and workshops. Young Friends as well as several adults, help to organize the event and take the role of leaders during the gathering. Young Friends leaders make sure that the day-to-day activities take place.
 
The gathering structure is generally to have sessions in the morning with talks/activities drawing on Quaker values, attitudes, concerns and/or history. This is a time to talk at a deeper level. Afternoons have a variety of more social activities, such as crafts, community help, visits to places of interest, films, shopping etc.
 
To view the epistle from the 2006 JYF Camp please click here
 
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