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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 Jungle Safari Camp

JUNGLE JUNIOR SAFARI CAMP

Come along to our Junior Jungle Safari Camp for school years 2 to 4.

Get a taste of camping and DISCOVER the fun that is CYC Waihola

 

Limited spaces so get in quick…

About this camp

3 days of ACTION PACKED Jungle fun

Aimed at helping younger children to experience CYC Waihola. 

This camp will have a higher ratio of leaders to campers, allowing us to give more time to support each individual camper get the most out of their camping experience. 

Campers will get to try out some of the awesome activities we have here at CYC, All with a JUNGLE twist. 

Journey into the jungle and discover the Adventure that awaits you…..

Camp Features

Fly like Tarzan

Agility training

Amazon Warrior training

Jungle Crafts

Learn to fly like Tarzan along our famous Zipline

Explore our jungle and make your way across obsticles to rescue the jungle animals

Learn to shoot arrows like the Amazons

Craft creatures from deep within the jungle

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).

 

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.

2021 Techno Camp

About this Camp

  • Love computers – so do we and we thought lets get 20 of them and run a sweet camp for all those hard core gamers out there.

Counter Strike, Team Fortress, Crysis and other games have been played in the past at this sweet camp.

But don’t think its just computers we do at camp …. not at all … in the past we have also:

  • Played the epic game that is Archery Tag
  • used GPS’s with a twist
  • Raced Drones
  • Played paintball
  • Made epic lego projects
  • Used VR sets
 

There are only 20 spaces at this extremely popular camp – so get in early and Enrol online now.

Fellowship day – 10th April 2021

Come join us for our Autumn fellowship day for 2021.

This is a day to get involved investing in camp. 

Whether you’re new to camp or a familiar face we would love you to join us on Saturday 10th April for a day of fellowship. Get to know some of our staff and long serving volunteers as we work around the camp together, getting some of the odd jobs done to better the camp.  

Plan for the day. 

  • Meet at the Homestead at 9:30am.

  • Lunch at 12:30pm. Either bring your own lunch or something to share – we’ll provide something simple and hot drinks.

  • Unless you have to head off, stay for a round of Frisbee Golf and have a chance to have some fun together before the day finishes. 

PLEASE RSVP TO TIM IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO COME
(either email manager@cycwaihola.org.nz or txt: 021 294 5051)

Pruning & wood-chipping

Gardening & weeding

Cleaning

Specific Jobs & Maintenance

What to bring…

If you are able to please bring the following items:

  • Personal safety Equipment: Safety glasses, Gardening gloves, Earmuffs, Etc.
  • Gardening tools: Spades, Shovels, Etc.
  • Power Tools such as circular saw or drop saw
  • Any Pruning gear you have.

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)

Due to lack of enrolments this camp has been cancelled for this year!

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 Event (August 2021)

Zoom Passcode: 123456

About this Event:

Unfortunately NZ going into “lockdown 2.0” has meant that our Truth for Youth Apologetics Weekend can no longer meet together in person ….

HOWEVER … we have instead scheduled the Truth for Youth sessions as Online Zoom Sessions on:

  • 7pm – 9pm Thursday 19th August
  • 7pm – 9pm Friday 20th August
  • 7pm – 9pm Saturday 21st August
  • and finally a morning church service (10am – 12pm) Sunday 22nd August.
 
Anyone now throughout the country (and world) can now attend all or as many of these zoom sessions as they wish.

Join internationally recognised speakers, Dr. Steve Kumar and Todd Funk, as we dive into worldview topics like atheism, Darwinian evolution, and the reliability of the Bible over 4 Zoom sessions. There will also be great food, fellowship, and lots of camp fun over the weekend!

We will explore tough questions, develop a more confident faith, and be equipped to be ambassadors for Jesus in our world today.

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.

Updated Zoom Schedule:

Thursday, August 19 (Zoom Meeting)
7pm: Steve Kumar: The Battle for the Mind
8pm: Todd Funk: Loving God with All Your Mind

Friday, August 20 (Zoom Meeting)
7pm: Steve Kumar: The Illusions of Our Culture
8pm: Todd Funk: 10 E’s of NT Reliability

Saturday, August 21 (Zoom Meeting)
9am:   Steve Kumar: The Crisis of Secular Man
10am: Todd Funk: The Darwin Delusion

Sunday Morning, August 22 (Zoom Meeting)
10am: Combined Church Service
                – Steve Kumar: Is the Bible the Word of God?
                – Lord’s Supper
                – Todd Funk: A Sure Foundation

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.