October 2020

School Holiday Programmes
& Camps


Y Camp is open for bookings NOW!

Holiday Programmes are opening Wednesday 26 August at 12.30pm!

COVID-19 UPDATE
New Zealand has now moved into COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

As you will appreciate this is a constantly changing situation and our priority is to keep everyone safe. There will be different requirements with the different levels as per the government guidelines which we will strictly adhere to.

We currently sit at Alert Level 2, the measures we will have in place are:
– Parents will be required to sign themselves in at the reception of each venue before proceeding to complete the programme sign-in for their children.
Physical distancing between families will need to be observed while completing the sign-in process.
– Parents will be required to drop and collect their child off at the entrance to each programme, but will not be allowed to enter the programme room themselves, (ie Papa Hou, Bishopdale Stadium or Riccarton Hall).
Hand sanitising/hand washing on entry, and before and after meal times will occur, and be encouraged throughout the day.
– If a child or member of the family is unwell please remain at home. If a child is to fall sick on programme, collection will be required immediately.

Programme activities are subject to change due to ongoing risk assessments. We will endeavour to keep you informed with any changes as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

 

 
 
 
 

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

Online enrolments open approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of holidays.
*Please note, enrolments close the Thursday prior to the start of each week. Late enrolments 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 for enrolments is made via credit card online, or discuss with the Children’s Services Supervisor about making direct bank payments.
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

October Holiday Programmes

City, Bishopdale, Riccarton

Rock Climbing Programme

YMCA Adventure Centre

Y Camp

YMCA Wainui Park

Alpine Camp

YMCA Arthur’s Pass

WEEK 1
28 September – 2 October

WEEK 2
5 – 9 October

WEEK 2
5 October – 9 October
WEEK 1
27 September – 2 October
SPRING EXPEDITION
5 – 9 October

 

Timetable

Holiday Programmes WEEK 1

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October
9am – 5pm

MON 28 SEP TUE 29 SEP WED 30 SEP THU 1 OCT FRI 2 OCT
FUN 5-7s
based at Middleton Grange, Riccarton
Craft Day Inflatable World Spring Time
Gardening
Arion Farm Frontrunner Led
Sports Day
FUN 5-10s
based at Middleton Grange, Riccarton
Craft Day Inflatable World Spring Time
Gardening
Arion Farm Frontrunner Led
Sports Day
EXPLORE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Scavenger Hunt Airforce Museum Driving Range Sports Day Inflatable World
ACTIV8
based at City YMCA
Adrenalin Forest Driving Range Godley Head
Day Walk
Flip Out Beach Day
FRONTRUNNERS
based at City YMCA
Team Building –
Rock Climbing
Community Outreach
Day
Inflatable World Leadership
Planning & Prep
Leading the 5-10s
Sports Day

 

 

Holiday Programmes WEEK 2

Monday 5 – Friday 9 October
9am – 5pm

MON 5 OCT TUE 6 OCT WED 7 OCT THU 8 OCT FRI 9 OCT
FUN 5-7s
based at Middleton Grange, Riccarton
Messy Play Gymnastics Baking Day Clip ‘n Climb Chipmunks
FUN 5-10s
based at Middleton Grange, Riccarton
Messy Play Gymnastics Baking Day Clip ‘n Climb Chipmunks
EXPLORE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Gymnastics Master Chef Flip Out Swimming Frontrunner Led
Challenge Day
ACTIV8
based at City YMCA
Bridal Path
Day Walk
Mountain Biking Spencer Park Gymnastics Rock Climbing
FRONTRUNNERS
based at City YMCA
Team Building –
Flip Out
Community Outreach
Day
Driving Range Leadership
Planning & Prep
Leading the 10-12s
Challenge Day

 

Monday 5 – Friday 9 October
9am – 3pm

MON 5 OCT TUE 6 OCT WED 7 OCT THU 8 OCT FRI 9 OCT
10-14 years – ROCK CLIMBING
based at YMCA Adventure Centre
Clip ‘n Climb
Intro to Rock Climbing
Intro to Abseiling Knots & Devices
Abseiling
Outdoor Climbing
Cattlestop Crag
Outdoor Climbing
Albert Terrace

 


 

Policies & Conditions

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

You can book & pay online by clicking the “Book Online Now” button on this page when enrolment is open

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

Yes! Please contact our Children’s Services Supervisor – holprog@ymcachch.org.nz. 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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