Camp Adair open­ing for fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Many peo­ple have child­hood mem­o­ries that in­clude sit­ting around the camp fire, cook­ing baked beans on a lit­tle gas cooker, so­lar show­ers and hang­ing our togs on the guy­ropes of the tent to dry.

YMCA Auck­land is giv­ing fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate more of th­ese spe­cial mem­o­ries, by spon­sor­ing 30 fam­i­lies to at­tend a Fam­ily Camp at their iconic Camp Adair fa­cil­ity in Hunua.

‘‘Camp­ing is such a Kiwi rite of pas­sage, but it’s not some­thing all fam­i­lies get to ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether,’’ camp man­ager Zach John­ston says.

‘‘The aim of Fam­ily Camp is to take fam­i­lies out of their nor­mal en­vi­ron­ments and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to con­nect and be­come stronger as a fam­ily unit.’’

The op­por­tu­nity to at­tend Fam­ily Camp is open to the pub­lic on a fee ba­sis, how­ever, YMCA Auck­land will pro­vide a 100 per cent sub­sidy for 30 de­serv­ing fam­i­lies to at­tend.

Fam­i­lies can ap­ply or be nom­i­nated for spon­sor­ship on­line at ym­caauck land.org.nz.

Re­cip­i­ents will be se­lected based on de­serv­ing cir­cum­stances with a pref­er­ence given to those who might nor­mally be ex­cluded from sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances by cost.

There is no limit to the size of the fam­ily, in terms of the num­ber of kids, but par­ents must at­tend – it’s not a ‘‘ship off your kids’’ oc­ca­sion. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Septem­ber 15. It might not be tents and so­lar show­ers, but it’s guar­an­teed to be a good time.

Fam­i­lies will be pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and a range of camp ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing bush­walks, raft build­ing, camp fires, sports, ab­seil­ing, climb­ing, etc. All ages and abil­i­ties.

Fam­ily Camp is on from Oc­to­ber 4 to 6 and co­in­cides with Camp Adair’s 100th birth­day.

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