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CAMPING OUT YMCA KAITOKE

May 13 2018

Cadets from Central Region working on their camping badge camped out in cabins and shelters at the YMCA Camp, Kaitoke in Wellington this weekend as part of a program that encourages them to lead active lives and to have the confidence to try new experiences. "Not only are camps great for keeping kids active, they are leading the way by providing more than the recommended amounts of daily physical activity" says Featherston Youth Division Manager Richard Hitchcock.

“Trained YMCA staff ensured more than 65 children aged 8-16years attending the popular YMCA Centre had active entertainment in a safe environment. Instead of sitting at home in front of the telly or on technology, these children will be out and about enjoying a huge range of fun-filled activities.  As a society, we spend a tremendous amount of our time on screens and with digital media, but we don't understand the full impact that it is having on children, St John thinks having time away and connecting with the natural environment is essential. Camp is a really unique opportunity to establish a sense of community and form lifelong friendships. If parents allow kids to unplug from daily life and engage themselves at camp, it will be a very rewarding experience.”

"Of course, this camp also brings many other activities including mud slide, raft building, swimming and kyaking, but the highlight of this camp is the learning of how to build a shelter in the bush and sleeping in it overnight as well as cooking a meal on an open fire and enjoying a traditional camp fire sing along and smores!" Mr Hitchcock said.

St John believes camps represent a unique opportunity for social-emotional development by allowing children to separate from their usual family and peer environment while learning new skills or spending time outdoors. This affordable camp included abseiling, rock climbing, flying fox, bushwalking, camping, cookouts, orienteering, archery, high swings and kayaking.

Camps help children feel in control of their lives, and those experiences of self-efficacy can travel home as easily as a special art project or a pine cone they carry in their backpack. Children who experience themselves as competent will be better problem-solvers in new situations long after their laundry is cleaned and the smell of the campfire forgotten.

It was wonderful to see our young people enjoying health-focused games and activities in the camp grounds. We hope that they will always enjoy the memory of a weekend camping at Kaitoke.

 

                      

 


 

THE ST JOHN YOUTH PROGRAMME

St John Youth offers two unique but distinctive programmes. The penguin programme is for young people aged 6-8 years and the cadet programme for young people aged 8-18 years.

The Cadet Programme offers young people the Grand Priors Award scheme which is the flagship of our youth programme. As the principle syllabus for our cadets, it provides the framework for our leaders to run educational fun and exciting extra-mural programmes and activities.  St John offers our young people exciting opportunities through a varied programme that is tailored to individual needs; let’s face it, not every young person is the same! 

St John has existed in New Zealand since 1885 and is part of a global organisation known as the Order of St John, which is active in more than 40 countries. The Order of St John can trace its history back to a hospital set up in Jerusalem during the Crusades over a thousand years ago.

The Penguin Programme is intended to be educational, but also great fun, often involving games, activities and sports. Penguin Groups frequently organise trips, camps, excursions, picnics and also attend other St John events and competitions. When a penguin turns 8 years old they transition into the Cadet Programme.

Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Penguin Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form to take on your first night

 

The Cadet Programme offers young people the Grand Priors Award scheme which is the flagship of our youth programme. As the principle syllabus for our cadets, it provides the framework for our leaders to run educational fun and exciting extra-mural programmes and activities.  St John offers our young people exciting opportunities through a varied programme that is tailored to individual needs; let’s face it, not every young person is the same! Upper Hutt

 Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Cadet Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form to take on your first night

 

Youth Leaders Our fun and outgoing Youth Leaders undertake professional development and are appointed based on a rigorous back ground check process. All leaders complete an annual police check process and are the best people for the roles they hold. Youth Leaders are an important part of the St John youth programme, they plan, run and organise the divisional nights and provide the necessary supervison.

Family and whanau are also very welcome to join our programmes as a leader. If you are interested in joining us as a youth leader in either of our programmes we want to hear from you.  

For more information please click HERE to be taken to our leadership information page or click HERE to signup now!

 

Editor| Richard.Hitchcock@stjohn.org.nz