2021 Family Camp – Talks

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.

2021 Family Camp

Please note:

  • Registration for meals and accommodation is now closed!

  • All attendees must register for health and safety purposes. You may still register as a visitor to attend the teaching sessions however we’ve done our catering orders so cannot cater for anyone else for meals – sorry!

About this Camp

CYC Waihola Family Camp is a camp of fellowship, teaching, discussion, great fun, good food and above all getting closer to God through His Holy Scriptures.

The camp is for all families, couples and individuals that desire to dig deeper into the historic faith of the Scriptures. CYC Waihola puts together this camp believing that the Bible is fully inspired by God and is the final authority on all matters of the Christian faith.

The Family Camp committee expects all those at camp to attend all meetings, fully support the camp programme and happily observe the posted camp rules. You will also be expected to assist with camp duties where possible.

Camp Speakers

Here are some of the speakers we have lined up to speak this year….

Logan Hagoort

Bio:
Originally from the dairy farm in the Waikato, Logan has been married to Josella for 16 years and has been blessed with 4 children: Chloe, Isaiah, Sjannette, and Mia. He is now residing in South Auckland where he is the Minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church Manurewa. He is passionate about keeping the Church centered upon the simple things Jesus Christ has called it to do. He also teaches the Biblical Greek language for Grace Theological College in Auckland.

Topic:
Centrality of worship for the Church, the individual, and the family: One of the central tasks for the Church and the Christian is to worship God, but what is worship? Why is it so important? Over these talks we will be looking through the Bible to try and understand the centrality of worship for the Church, the family, and the individual.

Trevor Webb

Bio:
Trevor Webb (and his wife Mary) both became Christians at Lincoln University and were married in 1974. They are blessed with four daughters and four grandchildren. Trevor has been a ruling elder for over forty years in the Christchurch GPC congregation and they are now members of Grace Bible Church, Dunedin. Trevor has a passion to unfold the relevance of the Old Testament Scriptures.

Topic:
How God kept the Jews through Captivity to Messiah. The 400-year period between the Testaments are often called ‘The Silent Years’. That is because there is no record of this period in Bible history. However, this does not mean that God was not at work! The talks will consider how God preserved his people in Babylon, Egypt and Judea. As in the Old Testament, there were times when God’s people flourished and times where they degenerated. There were heroes of the faith and corrupters of godliness. We will see how prophecy was being fulfilled and how the world was being prepared for the Gospel.

Mervyn Marshall

Bio:
Mervyn Marshall lives in Gore with his wife Marjorie. He is an elder in the Grace Presbyterian Church of Gore and long serving member of the CYC Waihola Council. 

Topics:

  • Covenantors in Scotland
  • John G Paton ” missionary to the New Hebrides”

Other Features of Family Camp 2021

Here are the other features of Family Camp this year.

Good Food

Amazing food is a well known feature of our family camps each year.

Children's Program

This year Hamish Smith (from Dunedin) is running our children's programme.
It is for age 5 to School Year 6.

Teenage Program

This year Jeff Coleman (from Firm Foundation NZ) is running our teenager's programme.
It is for School Year 7-11 only.

Afternoon Activities

Flying Fox, ArcheryTag and a Treasure Hunt will all feature at this year's Family Camp

2 Awesome movies

This year we also be screening in the afternoon 2 incredible Christian films:




Online Registration

All those attending Family Camp (even as day visitors or just for meals) must register online here:

2021 Boys Winter Camp

About this Camp

Sluth your way through the clues to discover the fun to be had at CYC Boys Winter camp in 2021

Come along and hone your detective skills through our speciality training facilities and unlock the truth … 

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp…

ArcheryTag

Bubble Soccer

Disc Golf

Zipline

Archery

Air Rifles

Mountain Boards

2021 Girls Winter Camp

About this Camp

Oh, imagine a land, it’s a faraway place, where the caravan camels roam
 
Where you wander among every culture and tongue, 
as you wind through the streets at the fabled bazaars
with the cardamom-cluttered stalls.
 
You can smell every spice, 
while you haggle the price
 of the silks and the satin shawls
 
Oh, the music that plays
 as you move through a maze, 
in the haze of your pure delight. 
 
Come along and discover our Winter Camp laughter 
at our awesome CYC Camp
 
Come along to our 2021 Girls Winter Camp and learn about Esther and her courage and faith. While also experiencing all CYC has to offer in activities and some awesome down time crafts. 

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp…

ArcheryTag

Bubble Soccer

Disc Golf

Zipline

Archery

Air Rifles

Mountain Boards

2021 Autumn Pony Camp

About this Camp

Here at CYC we love all things equine and we want to share this love with you – develop riding skills, do cool activities on your horses and make new friends.

This Pony Camp will teach the basics of horse care and horseback riding through many fun activities.

Camp Features

Daily activities will include: safety around horses, grooming, tacking, leading horses, and horseback riding. The girls will learn respect and responsibility through hands on care while learning about all aspects of horses.

Each camper is assigned their own horse to ride and care for the entire week. This “ownership” opportunity makes the riding experience more rewarding and introduces campers to the responsibilities and joys of having their own horse.

 

Important to know before enrolling

  • This very popular camp is limited to 18 spaces
  • Our horse and pony camps are enrolled on the basis of riding ability (rather than first enrolled first in). This is because we only have so many horses suited to each rider ability level so can take only so many beginner riders, only so many intermediate riders and only so many experienced riders.
 

2021 Boys and Girls Autumn Camp

Another exciting new camp has been added to our CYC Calendar.

Check out our brand new combined Boys and Girls Autumn Camp for school years 5 to 8. 

About this Camp

Come along and join our CYC style amazing race.

Each day you will discover a new destination as you race to complete challenges 

The world is waiting… GO! 

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp

Archery Tag​​

Disc Golf​

Mountain Boarding​

GeoCaching​

Rifle Shooting​

Archery​

Zip Lining​

2021 Cycle Tour Camp

About this cycle camp

This camp will require a good level of fitness. We are revitalising an old favourite. With the resurgence of cycle trails popping up over Otago we thought it might be time to bring back a new version of the CYC Cycle Tour Camp. 

 This camp is planned to take in sections of the Clutha Gold trail between Roxburgh and Lawrence followed by some more local rides near Waihola Not only will this camp take in some stunning Central Otago scenery and be a great time to catch up with some old friends but you will also get to try your hand at paddle boarding on Pinders Pond, plus lots of other cool down time activities.


2021 Horse Trek Camp

About this Camp

Lush green hills…

Cool fresh forests…

Rolling sand dunes and crisp salt air….

What’s the one thing that could make these beautiful vistas better?

       Taking them in from the back our your favourite four legged friend of course!

Important to know before enrolling

  • This very popular camp is limited to 12 spaces
  • Our horse and pony camps are enrolled on the basis of riding ability (rather than first enrolled first in). This is because we only have so many horses suited to each rider ability level so can take only so many beginner riders, only so many intermediate riders and only so many experienced riders.