December 2019 | January 2020

School Holiday Programmes
& Camps


Enrolments for the Summer Holiday Programmes and Y Camps are opening on Wednesday 20 November at 12pm

 

 
 
 
 

How it works

When choosing a programme or camp, we have lots of options! You can choose one of our age-specific holiday programmes which are designed with age appropriate activities, or choose from a range of full-week specialised programmes for children aged 9-15 years. Within our residential camp programmes young people are also grouped in specific age brackets, so activities can be tailored for their needs and abilities.

How to Enrol

Enrolment opens approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of holidays. You can enrol online, or you can download and complete the enrolment form and drop it off at the City YMCA or the YMCA Bishopdale Recreation Centre.
*Please note, enrolments close the Thursday prior to the start of each week. Late Enrolments will need to be sent directly to the OSCAR Coordinator and may incur a $15 late booking fee.
**If you are enroling a child who is not a NZ resident or citizen but in NZ on a student or visitor visa, the cost of the programme will be 45% more than the advertised price. Parents of international students should be aware that if their child knows little English they may find participating on these programmes difficult.

Payment

Payment can be made via credit card online or by cash/eftpos at reception.
Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) Subsidies are available for our all of our programmes and Y Camp, so please enquire with your local WINZ office to learn more about if you qualify. You can also read more about the subsidy application process on the WINZ Website.


 

Dates

December Holiday Programmes
January Holiday Programmes
Y Camp
Alpine Adventure Camp
City Y Programme
16-20 December
WEEK 1
6-10 January

WEEK 2
13-17 January

WEEK 3
20-24 January

WEEK 4 – City Y Programme
27-31 January

SANDHOPPERS
8-10 January

Y CAMP WEEK 1
12-17 January

Y CAMP WEEK 2
19-24 January

ALPINE ADVENTURE
13-17 January

 

Timetable

December
Monday 16 - Friday 20 December

MON 16 DEC TUE 17 DEC WED 18 DEC THU 19 DEC FRI 20 DEC
5-10s
at the City Y
Beach Day Mini Golf Sports Day BBQ at
Margaret Mahy
Christmas Party!
11-15s
at the City Y
Beach Day Mini Golf Blow Karts BBQ at
Margaret Mahy
Christmas Party!

 

January Week 1
Monday 6 - Friday 10 January

MON 6 JAN TUE 7 JAN WED 8 JAN THU 9 JAN FRI 10 JAN
5-7s
at Riccarton
Flip Out
& Park
Summer Crafts Movies
& Sumner Beach
Sports Day Water Day
at Riccarton
8-9s
at the City Y
Sports Day Movies
& Sumner Beach
Flip Out
& Park
Summer Crafts Water Day
at Riccarton
10-12s
at Riccarton
Summer Crafts Flip Out
& Park
Sports Day Movies
& Sumner Beach
Water Day
at Riccarton
5-10s
at the City Y
Sports Day Movies
& Sumner Beach
Summer Crafts Flip Out
& Park
Water Day
Performing Arts
9-15 years
Planning Day Dance Workshop Movies &
Sumner Beach
Props & Costume
Planning
SHOW DAY!
Activ8 Junior
9-10 years
Laser Tag Mega Air Swimming Quail Island Water Day
at Riccarton
Activ8 Youth
11-12 years
Laser Tag Overnight
Arthur’s Pass
Arthur’s Pass Quail Island Water Day
at Riccarton
Frontrunners
13-15 years
Laser Tag Overnight
Arthur’s Pass
Arthur’s Pass Quail Island Water Day
at Riccarton

 

January Week 2
Monday 13 - Friday 17 January

MON 13 JAN TUE 14 JAN WED 15 JAN THU 16 JAN FRI 17 JAN
5-7s
at Riccarton
Sports Day Jellie Park
Swim Day
Scavenger Hunt Quail Island Programme
Challenge!
8-9s
at the City Y
Scavenger Hunt Quail Island Jellie Park
Swim Day
Sports Day Programme
Challenge!
10-12s
at Riccarton
Sports Day Scavenger Hunt Mini Golf Quail Island Jellie Park
Swim Day
5-10s
at the City Y
Scavenger Hunt Quail Island Jellie Park
Swim Day
Sports Day Programme
Challenge!
Activ8 Junior
9-10 years
Flip Out
& Park
Packhorse Hut
Overnight
Driving Range Mountain Biking City Scavenger Hunt
Activ8 Youth
11-12 years
Flip Out
& Park
Packhorse Hut
Overnight
Driving Range Mountain Biking City Scavenger Hunt
Tech Week
13-15 years
Sustainable
Engineering
Robotics Workshop
@ Imagination Station
Augmented/Virtual
Reality
Turanga Music
Workshop
3D Printing
Day

 

January Week 3
Monday 20 - Friday 24 January

MON 20 JAN TUE 21 JAN WED 22 JAN THU 23 JAN FRI 24 JAN
5-7s
at Riccarton
Baking Day Spencer Park
Games Day
Messy Play Day Orana Park Manhunt
in the Gardens
8-9s
at the City Y
Messy Play Day Spencer Park
Games Day
Orana Park Baking Day Manhunt
in the Gardens
10-12s
at Riccarton
Baking Day Spencer Park
Games Day
Orana Park Messy Play Day Manhunt
in the Gardens
5-10s
at the City Y
Messy Play Day Spencer Park
Games Day
Baking Day Orana Park Manhunt
in the Gardens
Creative Arts
9-10 years
Planning Day Art Gallery Orana Park Planning Day Exhibition Day
Activ8 Junior
9-10 years
Jellie Park
Swim Day
Spencer park
Games Day
Overnight
Wainui Park
Adrenalin Forest Manhunt
in the Gardens
Activ8 Youth
11-12 years
Jellie Park
Swim Day
Spencer park
Games Day
Overnight
Wainui Park
Adrenalin Forest Manhunt
in the Gardens
Frontrunners
13-15 years
Jellie Park
Swim Day
Spencer park
Games Day
Overnight
Wainui Park
Adrenalin Forest Manhunt
in the Gardens

 

January Week 4
Monday 27 - Friday 31 December

MON 27 JAN TUE 28 JAN WED 29 JAN THU 30 JAN FRI 31 JAN
5-10s
at the City Y
Photo Challenge Willowbank Craft Day Swimming Bigger and Better
11-15s
at the City Y
Photo Challenge Willowbank Archery Swimming Bigger and Better


 

Forms

Programme information and enrolment forms are available
from the City Y or the Bishopdale Recreation Centre.


 

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 come in and fill out our paper enrolment form at the 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 9am and conclude at 5pm. 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 9am 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 above 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 emergency?

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 know 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 Children’s Services Coordinator at holprog@ymcachch.org.nz


 

Contact

P 03 366 0689  E holprog@ymcachch.org.nz

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