State Youth Games is an action-packed weekend of sports and activities for young people. It is organised by Youth Vision Victoria – the youth ministry arm of Churches of Christ in Victoria. Youth Groups from all over the State come together to participate in a wide range of team and individual sports and other social activities.
State Youth Games aims to bring young people together in a community of fun and involvement where they can enjoy sporting pursuits in a Christian context. State Youth Games assists the local church youth groups to reach out to young people in their communities and involve them in an activity which is non-threatening, fun, relevant, energetic and challenging.
State Youth Games is held each year over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in the Warragul district, about an hour east of Melbourne (Australia). The base camp is located at Lardner Park and activities take place in Warragul, Drouin, Neerim South and Lardner Park.
A $90 (inc. GST) registration fee per person covers use of the campsite and facilities, all sports participation, including use of venues, facilities, umpiring and trophies. Spectators are charged $60. Extra costs (typically around $30-$40) for transport and meals are usually charged by each of the participating groups.
State Youth Games is open to anyone in year 7 or above. The upper age limit for individual sports is 29, but youth leaders 30 and over may participate in any of the team sports with their young people. People of any age may attend the weekend and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the event. Aside from the fun of cheering for your team, there are many opportunities to assist by umpiring, scoring, setting up, participating in things like the disco, worship, coffee lounge, or doing other organisational tasks. Although State Youth Games is organised by Churches of Christ, youth groups from many denominations attend.