Handy Tips for Accommodation Booking
“How many people do I need to house? What food should we cook? Do we have enough leaders? What’s the cheapest option out there? Is it too cold to camp outside? Is it too hot to camp outside? How do I arrange enough cars for transporting everyone back and forth? Should I hire a bus? Are there enough toilets in the place? What about showers? How many houses should I book? What are the cancellation dates? If the accommodation description says I can fit 8 people, can I squeeze 12 kids instead? Can some of the people sleep on the couch?”— KYCK Leader Dilemma
Finding accommodation during KYCK can sometimes be daunting for the leaders. The questions are endless and once you answer one question, there are another 5 more to ask!
We’ve asked some experienced KYCKers to give us some advice about how they organise their groups and we’ve compiled the different things that they do. If you have any other ideas or handy hints, please feel free to email us at email@example.com and let us know.
Remember that wherever you stay, you are representing Christians and are ambassadors of KYCK. So please be mindful of how you use the site and be considerate of others. In the past we’ve had complaints of how groups have used the site, which is very unhelpful for others who want to use the sites in the future.
Click here for some offsite accommodation options with contact details that might be an option for your group. We’ve also listed some different ideas of accommodation options for you below to get the ideas flowing!
OPTION 1 | StayKCC Onsite Accommodation | We want the easiest option out there!
Staying onsite is the easiest/most convenient one to take BUT there are some obstacles you must overcome! Onsite accommodation books out quite fast, as there are limited spots available.
HANDY TIP: Before registrations open, have your list of accommodation sites that you want to book ready in order of preference (this ensures that you aren’t stumped when you find out that the site you wanted is already booked out!)
OPTION 2 | Camping! | We don’t mind camping outside
If your group is willing to rough it out in the unpredictable Katoomba weather, then this option is perfect for you, PLUS it’s the most cost-effective accommodation option! There’s a downside to it – you have to bring lots of gear with you – tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, pots, pans, food, esky … and the list goes on! But this is one of the best ways to really work together with your group and bond. What better way to bond with your group than by ‘attempting’ to put up a tent?
HANDY TIP: Make sure you have a few leaders in your group who are experienced campers — otherwise this might be the last time you take up this fun option! When booking most campsites, they will ask you how many campsites you want otherwise they will ask you how many people you are booking for. One campsite usually fits 4 people.
OPTION 3 | Indoor Camping at Clairvaux | Camping is OK, but there’s gotta be something slightly better, right?
In 2017, we started our indoor camping option at Clairvaux onsite at StayKCC – imagine indoor camping on carpeted classrooms, with internal showers, toilets and access to a kitchen. It’s slightly better in comfort as you are indoors and you don’t have the hassle of putting up a tent!
HANDY TIP: Another option is to call the local churches or schools and see if they could hire out a room or hall for your group. Depending on the size of your group, you might need to ask some people to help organise the food during KYCK. You will also need to make sure that there are enough cars to transport everyone to and from KYCK.
OPTION 4 | Smaller Offsite Accommodation | Our group is small so we could probably fit in 1 or 2 houses
Not all KYCK groups are large, some of them are under 10 and they are a perfect size to book 1 or 2 houses in Katoomba or surrounding areas. You need to make sure you organise food for your group as no main meals are provided during KYCK. Click here for a list of great offsite accommodation options in the local area.
HANDY TIP: Contact the local real estates, stayz.com, airbnb, bluemountains getaways, and tell them of your requirements for your group. Most groups book 2 houses – 1 for the girls and 1 for the boys. It’s a good idea to make sure that one of the houses you book has a decent sized kitchen so that all the food is cooked in that house and you transport the food over to the others (or you eat at one house and get everyone to come over during meal times). Some groups ask youth group parents to come and cook so that the leaders can attend the conference and not don’t assume that they don’t mind – because some might!
OPTION 5 | Larger Offsite Accommodation | We’re so big that we don’t fit in houses …
There are a lot of KYCK groups that are quite big and it’s just not logistically possible to hire out houses. For those groups there are some options such as YHA Katoomba, Katoomba Mountain Lodge, Lutanda Mount Victoria, Kihilla Conference Centre. Some of these options will provide food as well as accommodation which will make organising KYCK easier for you. But if you want to save a few dollars, then you can ask for a self-catered option too. Click here for a list of great offsite accommodation options in the local area.
HANDY TIP: If you know other youth groups coming, you could book the accommodation together and share the cooking. Some of these sites might have a minimum booking so this could help too.
OPTION 6 | Caravan Parks! | Are there any caravan parks around?
This option is great for groups who want a bit of everything – camping, staying in caravans or cabins. Most caravan parks will be able to provide all three options, so everyone is happy! The hard thing about this option is that your group will be spread out a bit, but as long as you have capable leaders you should be fine!
HANDY TIP: Make sure you have some experienced campers in your group to help you set up everything! A designated cooking team might be handy with this option as you might have to coordinate with other groups when you can use the cooking facilities during meal times.