2021 Backcountry Tramping Camp

About this tramping camp

Our backcountry tramping camp is for older teenagers that have a bit more stamina. This year we head into the glorious Greenstone and Caples Valleys near Fiordland.

As an older teenage tramping camp you will need to have reasonable level of fitness (so start training now) and will need to carry all your own food and gear with you as you tramp.

View of the start of the Caples Gorge
Map of our tramping location

Location

We are tramping up the Caples Valley and back down the Greenstone valleys with a side trip into Steele Creek.

We will be casually tramping on average 20km each day to private huts along a very good condition track down. We pass over the stunning Mckellor Pass and will explore side valley of Steele Creek. Along the way we will see  breath-taking views of Mt Tutoko (Fiordland’s highest mountain), the Caples Gorge (with beautiful hidden swimming hole) and Lake McKellor (a back-country lake only accessible by foot).

 

Itinerary

Coming soon…

View from Caples Valley into Fraser Creek

Our Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts

We will be staying in two private back-country huts* we have booked in the remote wilderness - these huts give us some shelter but are often cold meaning warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!

Fun and Games

With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.


* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Testimonials from previous tramping camps...

The tramping camp down the Hollyford [in 2019] was one of the best CYC camps I've ever been on.
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Camper
It was my first tramp and I had no idea what I was doing but that tramping trip down the South Coast was one of my best memories as a teenager. Now I'm in my twenties I'm still doing lots of tramping
Anon
2013 Tramping Camp Camper
I just wanted to thank you very much for the tramp in the Hollyford. [My daughter] loved it and she has been talking about it a lot since ... [she] came back further encouraged spiritually
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Parent
View down the Greenstone from Passburn Saddle

Essentials to know before you enroll...

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 20km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.

2021 Junior Tramping Camp

About this tramping camp

Our junior tramping camp is returning to the stunning Hollyford Valley where we ran our first Junior Tramping camp. It’s for anyone that  is keen on giving real tramping a try in the New Zealand backcountry.

As beginner tramping you will need to have reasonable level of fitness (so start training now) and will need to carry all your own food and gear with you as you tramp.

Location

We are tramping the first part of the Hollyford Track in Northern Fiordland.

We will be casually tramping on average 9km each day to DOC huts along a reasonably good condition track down the Lower Hollyford river valley. This brief-taking track takes in views of Mt Tutoko (Fiordland’s highest mountain), Hidden Falls (a stunning hidden waterfall) and Lake Alabaster (a back-country gem of a lake only accessible by foot).

 

Itinerary

Coming soon…

Our Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts and Tents

We will be staying in public DOC back-country huts* in the remote wilderness - these huts give us some shelter but are often cold meaning warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!

* we also take tents just in case there is no room for us in the huts

Fun and Games

With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.


* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Testimonials from previous tramping camps...

The tramping camp down the Hollyford [in 2019] was one of the best CYC camps I've ever been on.
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Camper
It was my first tramp and I had no idea what I was doing but that tramping trip down the South Coast was one of my best memories as a teenager. Now I'm in my twenties I'm still doing lots of tramping
Anon
2013 Tramping Camp Camper
I just wanted to thank you very much for the tramp in the Hollyford. [My daughter] loved it and she has been talking about it a lot since ... [she] came back further encouraged spiritually
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Parent

Essentials to know before you enroll...

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 10km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.

Life of Abraham Bible Weekend (November 2021)

About this Camp:

Our Bible Weekend Camps are for young people who have a desire to delve into God’s Word deeply and richly exploring his will and desire for us as we study together. These camps explore God Holy Word and Christianity in a deeper way than CYC Waihola’s regular camps.

Inductive Bible Study:

DESCRIPTION ABOUT INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY HERE

Camp Features:

Camp Games

Give ArcheryTag a go or try out the famous Zipline during the weekend

Good Food

We'll be eating some awesome food over the weekend

Meet the Camp Director:

MEET JEFF

Jeff grew up in Salina, Kansas, USA, and trusted in Jesus at a youth camp as a boy. After university, he met and married Averil, a Kiwi, in 2008. He and Averil now have five children. Jeff served as a lawyer with the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2014, and then studied theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2016. He and Averil moved to Timaru in 2017 to found Firm Foundation New Zealand. In 2019, the family moved further south to Dunedin with the support of Cornerstone International Bible Church. Jeff is passionate about disciple making, the Bible, evangelism, and developing young Christian leaders. Jeff now serves as an elder at Caversham Community Church and continues to serve as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.

DIVE: The word of God (June 2021)

About this Camp:

Our Worldview Camps are for young people who have a desire to know more about God and to strengthen their Christian faith. These camps explore the Christianity in a deeper way than CYC Waihola’s regular camps. Campers will learn reasons to be confident in what they believe as Christians. 

At our DIVE weekend we will explore:

  • The doctrine of the word
  • What the bible is
  • How to read the Bible
  • How to establish a quiet time with God

Meet the Camp Director:

MEET GEOFF LLOYD 

Geoff and his wife Sara moved to Southland from Wales in 2014. Geoff is pastor of Wyndham Evangelical Church and Sara works as a writer. They have two young children

Truth for Youth Camp (August 2021)

About this Camp:

Our Worldview Camps are for young people who have a desire to know more about God and to strengthen their Christian faith. These camps explore the Christianity in a deeper way than CYC Waihola’s regular camps.

Campers will learn reasons to be confident in what they believe as Christians. They will be equipped to explain the Christian faith to non-Christians.  They will see that God is the most reasonable explanation as the origin of everything we see and experience in the world.

Join us as we explore tough questions, develop a more confident faith, and get equipped to be ambassadors for Jesus in our world today.

Our internationally recognised speakers, Dr. Steve Kumar and Todd Funk, along with our camp director, Jeff Coleman, will dive into worldview topics like atheism, Darwinian evolution, and the reliability of the Bible over 12 sessions.

There will also be time for food, fellowship, and fun over the weekend!

Camp Speakers:

Dr Steve Kumar
Dr Steve Kumar is an author, teacher, speaker, and apologist committed to answering the tough questions of the skeptics and equipping believers with the tools to think more clearly about their faith.

For almost thirty years Dr Kumar has been actively involved in speaking and writing about apologetics, philosophy and faith. As a prominent New Zealand Christian apologist, he is a sought-after speaker in academic and church settings around the world. He is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs and is an influential voice on issues that relate to the credibility of the Christian truth claims.

As well as acting as the apologetics lecturer at the Excel School of Performing Arts for over 13 years, Dr Kumar has been a regular guest speaker at more than twelve colleges and campuses around New Zealand and throughout the world. He has debated several notable skeptics and atheists.

He co-founded and was president of the New Zealand Evangelical Apologetics Society and since then has been involved in working alongside christian thinkers, activists, church-planters, and pastors. With a passion for communicating ideas in a way that is accessible and lively.

He has authored a number of books including Think Why You Believe, Answering the Counterfeit, and Christianity for the Skeptics, which particularly has been recognised as an approachable and even-handed defense of the Christian faith and recently won the ‘Angel Award’ for excellence in media.
Todd Funk

Unique, inspiring, helpful…awesome, have been words used by many in describing Todd’s presentations. Because Todd has somewhat of an eclectic mix of gifts, interests and experience, his delivery is quite unique…especially in the “apologetics world”. He has a science background (BS. Biological Science University of California Irvine) and a love for knowledge and truth. Ten years as a public high school science teacher coupled with his years of experience doing youth camps, preaching and even weekly Bible-in-School programs has forged Todd into sought after communicator who knows how to engage diverse audiences.

In 2004, Todd, along with his wife Donna of 26 years and their two children, Alixx and Nikki, lay down the safety and security of their teaching careers and immigrated to New Zealand from the United States. In response to his obedience to fulfil God’s ministry call on his life, God has opened doors of opportunity for teaching, preaching and training throughout the USA, New Zealand, Ukraine, Australia, the Pacific Islands and beyond.

Todd‘s messages, teaching and ministry have powerfully impacted people of all ages on several continents. He has spoken for Thinking Matters at our Confident Christianity conferences and Unshaken Youth & Young Adult Conference and has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years.

Jeff Coleman

Jeff grew up in Salina, Kansas, USA, and trusted in Jesus at a youth camp as a boy. After university, he met and married Averil, a Kiwi, in 2008. He and Averil now have five children.

Jeff served as a lawyer with the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2014, and then studied theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2016.

He and Averil moved to Timaru in 2017 to found Firm Foundation New Zealand. In 2019, the family moved further south to Dunedin with the support of Cornerstone International Bible Church.

Jeff is passionate about disciple making, the Bible, evangelism, and developing young Christian leaders.

Jeff now serves as an elder at Caversham Community Church and continues to serve as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.

Camp Schedule:

Thursday August 19 – Free Opening Session at Grace House, Dunedin (26 St David Street, Dunedin)
7pm – Steve Kumar: The Battle for the Mind
8pm – Todd Funk: Worldviews

Friday, August 20 – CYC Waihola
7pm – Steve Kumar: The Illusions of Our Culture
8pm – Todd Funk: U R W I S E (Theism vs. Atheism)

Saturday, August 21 – CYC Waihola
9am – Steve Kumar: The Crisis of Secular Man
10am – Todd Funk: The Darwin Delusion, Part 1
11am – Breakouts:

  • Steve Kumar: Academia Practicum
  • Todd Funk: Public Speaking Practicum
  • Jeff Coleman: Evangelism Practicum

7pm – Steve Kumar: What About Other Religions?
8pm – Todd Funk: The Darwin Delusion, Part 2

Sunday, August 22 – CYC Waihola (local churches invited)
10am – Steve Kumar: Is the Bible the Word of God?
11am – Todd Funk: Loving God with All Your Mind
2pm – Steve Kumar: 20 Reasons Why Christianity Makes Sense
3pm – Todd Funk: 10 E’s of New Testament Reliability
3.45pm – Conference ends

Camp Features:

Camp Games

Give ArcheryTag a go or try out the famous Zipline during the weekend

Good Food

We'll be eating some awesome food over the weekend

Meet the Camp Director:

MEET JEFF

Jeff grew up in Salina, Kansas, USA, and trusted in Jesus at a youth camp as a boy. After university, he met and married Averil, a Kiwi, in 2008. He and Averil now have five children. Jeff served as a lawyer with the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2014, and then studied theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2016. He and Averil moved to Timaru in 2017 to found Firm Foundation New Zealand. In 2019, the family moved further south to Dunedin with the support of Cornerstone International Bible Church. Jeff is passionate about disciple making, the Bible, evangelism, and developing young Christian leaders. Jeff now serves as an elder at Caversham Community Church and continues to serve as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.

God’s Crime Scene Camp (May 2021)

About This Camp

Does God exist?

How can we know for sure?

Do science and ethics give us any clues?

Come along to our first ever Waihola Worldview Weekend and find out!
 
This weekend camp is boys and girls for School Years 6 – 9 in 2021 (ages 9 – 13) and explores one of humanity’s most fundamental questions, one for which there is tons of debate in our world today.
 
Over the weekend, campers will engage with eight great arguments from contemporary science and ethics that God does indeed exist.
 
Featuring content from the book “God’s Crime Scene for Kids” by J. Warner and Susie Wallace and our guest speaker, Dr. Ross Pettigrew, this camp is fun, engaging, and thought provoking. Your kids will have tons to share with you when they get home from what we hope will be a life-changing weekend.
 
Campers will learn about such things as:
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
- Romans 1:19-20

Discover eight great arguments from science and ethics that prove the existence of God.

Camp Features:

Guest Speaker

Ross Pettigrew who was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago School of Medicine and consultant surgeon at Dunedin Hospital.

Camp Games

Give ArcheryTag a go or try out the famous Zipline during the weekend

Good Food

We'll be eating some awesome food over the weekend

About our Worldview Weekend Camps:

Our Worldview Camps are for young people who have a desire to know more about God and to strengthen their Christian faith. These camps explore the Christianity in a deeper way than CYC Waihola’s regular camps.

Campers will learn reasons to be confident in what they believe as Christians. They will be equipped to explain the Christian faith to non-Christians.  They will see that God is the most reasonable explanation as the origin of everything we see and experience in the world.

Meet the Camp Director:

MEET JEFF

Jeff grew up in Salina, Kansas, USA, and trusted in Jesus at a youth camp as a boy. After university, he met and married Averil, a Kiwi, in 2008. He and Averil now have five children. Jeff served as a lawyer with the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2014, and then studied theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2016. He and Averil moved to Timaru in 2017 to found Firm Foundation New Zealand. In 2019, the family moved further south to Dunedin with the support of Cornerstone International Bible Church. Jeff is passionate about disciple making, the Bible, evangelism, and developing young Christian leaders. Jeff now serves as an elder at Caversham Community Church and continues to serve as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.

2017 August Work & Fellowship Day


The Facility Committee is starting to run the Work & Fellowship Days again starting with the August 2017 day. Our plan is to help knock off some of the bigger maintenance and cleaning jobs around the camp-site.

Unfortunately our Labour Weekend Work Camp is not happening this year as we have a large prior booking over Labour Weekend.

Details

Date: Saturday 26th August 2017

Time: 9am through to 4pm

Location: Meet at the Main Lodge hall

Please bring:

  • Bring any tools you have that might help with your choosen work team.
  • Something to share with everyone for lunch

Job List

We have jobs for everyone so everyone is welcome.

Fencing Crew:
Work List
 1. Fix boundary fences near Flying Fox slip (if area is ready)
 2. Install new fence / gates at Horse Arena pathway
 3. Install new fence / gate around sewerage shed area far enough out not to damage underground tanks
 4. Install new “pig containment fence” around old turkey enclosure
Heavy Rain Damage Clean-up Team:
Work List
 1. Help pick up all the debri from the “big slip lahar” that came through the camp in July

  • Sticks and burnables go on burning heap.
  • Silt and debri into piles for Kevin to remove with digger
 2. Clean out all water tables, drains and sumps
3.

Plant Natives

  • Under Kevin’s guidance use the tree protectors to plant natives along the Homestead creek.
  • Under Kevin’s guidance use the tree protectors to plant natives around the sewer shed if area is ready for planting.
Ruthless Spring Cleaning:
Work List
 1. Chalets

  • Clean out all cupboards in Chalets removing old or un-required items (including all linen, rubbish, crockery that doesn’t match)
  • Defrost and clean out fridges in Chalets
  • Fix broken curtains with replacement curtain hooks, etc.
  • Clean windows – inside and out
  • Dust for cobwebs, dead flys, etc.
  • Good spray and wipe wipe down of all surfaces in bathrooms
  • Vacuum floors and window sills
 2. Bunk-rooms

  • Replace all dirty mattress protectors with clean ones
  • Clean windows – inside and out
  • Fix broken curtains with replacement curtain hooks, etc.
  • Dust for cobwebs, dead flys and dust
  • Good spray and wipe wipe down of all surfaces in bathrooms
  • Wet wipe with spray and wipe window sills
  • Wet mop floors and window sills
 3. Main lodge

  • Clean the ceiling in the Main Hall kitchen
  • Dust and clean all window sills
  • Clean windows – inside and out
  • Dust for cobwebs, dead flys and dust
  • Good spray and wipe wipe down of all surfaces in bathrooms
 4. Camp Freezers

  • Defrost and clean out freezers in Main Hall
  • Defrost and clean out fridge and freezer in Homestead
 5. Chuck out (into the skip) or take home anything that is surplus to the camp’s requirements – check with Tim if you are unsure!

 

 

2017 Tramping Camp

 

The 2017 Tramping Camp will be tramping around the Monowai-Green Lake track and will includes a breathtaking views of the Fiordland Mountains and western Southland Plains.
 
The plan is:
* Friday 15th December – Leave camp and stay a night somewhere close to our starting point.
 
* Saturday 16th December – start tramping early the Borland Saddle through to the Monowai Hut
 
* Sunday 17th December – tramp from the Monowai hut up and over the tops down to the Richardson Inlet Hut
 
* Monday 18th December – tramp from Richardson Inlet Hut through to the Green Lake hut with a side trip up to the tops
 
* Tuesday 19th December – tramp out from Green Lake hut back to the carpark

Enrol online now

Dates: Friday 15th – Tuesday 19th December 2017
Price: $220 – includes all food and transport
Camp Venue:  Lake Monowai, Central Fiordland
Camp Age Group: Co Ed in School Years 9 – 13