School Holiday Programmes & Camps

Summer 2018 / 2019


Enrolment for January Holiday Programmes & Y-Camp are now closed.

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming programmes!





Forms & Information

December Programmes

*Please note: Our December Holiday Programmes are NOT subsidised by Work & Income (WINZ)

December enrolment is closed

January Programmes

January enrolment is closed


January Y-Camp enrolment is closed


Jan Y-Camp Dates:

Sandhoppers (7 – 9 years only) Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th January 2019
Week 1 Sunday 13th – Friday 18th January 2019
Week 2 Sunday 20th – Friday 25th January 2019


January Dates:

Monday 7th – Friday 11th January 2019
Monday 14th – Friday 18th January 2019
Monday 21st – Friday 25th January 2019


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol my child into a YMCA Holiday Programme?

You have 2 Options: 

  1. You can book & pay online by clicking the “Book Online Now” button on this page when enrolment is open
  2. You can download and fill out our paper enrolment form and return it to City YMCA reception at 12 Hereford St.


I would like to enrol online, but I’m unable to pay in full can I still enrol? 

Yes! Please call into the City YMCA and speak to one of the staff about filling out a Waiver Form. We don’t want to have the price of our programmes be a barrier to your children participating, so please if you need support get in contact with us and we can discuss payment plans and/or subsidies.


Are your programmes covered by the Work & Income OSCAR Subsidy? 

Yes! Our holiday programmes are approved for the OSCAR Subsidy unless stated otherwise. We prefer for your programme to be paid for in full before the holidays begin and once WINZ send the subsidy to us we are able to refund the subsidy to you. If you are unable to pay in full, but you know you will be receiving a subsidy, then you can fill in a Declaration to Honour Payment Form and pay small deposit to secure your booking.

All OSCAR Subsidy forms will need to be signed off by the OSCAR coordinator at the City YMCA. The form will be completed and returned for your to send to your local WINZ office. You can read more about the OSCAR Subsidy on the Work & Income Website here.


Do I have to enrol my child for the whole week?

No. We have day programme options for children as well! You can enrol in any of the day(s) that are available for our age-group Day-Programmes. Our smaller more specialised Week-Long programmes must be enrolled for the full week, unless otherwise discussed with the OSCAR Coordinator. These include Arts, Activ8 Junior, Activ8 Youth, & Frontrunners.


How long do your programmes run for? 

All programmes begin at 9:00am and conclude at 5:00pm. For parents dropping their children off at the City YMCA to be transported to their programmes offsite, you must drop off your child by 8:45am to ensure they are on the 9:00am shuttle.


What sort of training do your staff have?

Our staff are all fantastic individuals with a real passion for working with young people. Most of our Supervisors are trained or trainee teachers, while our Activ8 supervisors are all outdoor professionals or training to be. Our volunteer leaders are all 15 years or older and work with us out of their own motivation and passion.

All of our Holiday Programme Staff are required to undergo our OSCAR Holiday Programme Training, referee checks, & complete a NZ Police Vet (returning nil record) before they can work on our holiday programmes. For this reason we believe we have the best team of staff possible to run safe & fun holiday programmes.


How do I know what activities my child will be doing each day?

A programme outline of each day’s activities is available on the YMCA Website as well as at the Sign In/Out desk. Each day your child will need to have a packed lunch & snacks, a drink bottle full of water, and appropriate clothing for the weather / activities.

How can I contact my child on the programme in an emrgency? 

Please ring the City YMCA on 03 366 0689 or you can contact the supervisor directly. Their cell phone number is available at City YMCA reception during the holiday programme period.


What do I do if my child is sick?

Regardless of what programme your child is on, please ring the City YMCA on 03 366 0689 to let us knoww your child will be absent.


How can I give feedback on a programme or who do I speak to if I have any issues? 

We value your feedback! Your first port of call for any issues or concerns is the programme supervisor. Alternatively, if you have anything else you want to talk about please don’t hesitate to contact our OSCAR Coordinator at





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