April 2021

School Holiday Programmes
& Camps


Holiday Programmes and Camps are OPEN!

 
 
 
 

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

April Holiday Programmes

City, Bishopdale, Riccarton

Rock Climbing Programme

Adventure Centre

Y Camp

YMCA Wainui Park

Alpine Camp

YMCA Arthur’s Pass

April WEEK 1
Monday 19 – Friday 23 April

April WEEK 2
Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 April

April WEEK 1
Monday 19 – Friday 23 April

Book rock climbing programme here

SANDHOPPERS CAMP
Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 April
(maximum 16 participants)

Y CAMP
Sunday 25 – Friday 30 April

AUTUMN EXPEDITION
Monday 19 – Friday 23 April

 

Timetable

Holiday Programmes Week 1

Monday 19 April – Friday 23 April
8am – 5pm

MON 19 APR TUE 20 APR WED 21 APR THU 22 APR FRI 23 APR
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton
Ferrymead
Heritage Park
Make, Bake
& Decorate
Wacky Wheels Day
Pedalmania at Ricc
ANZAC Crafts
Make Company
Movie Day
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Ferrymead
Heritage Park
ANZAC Crafts
Make Company
Wacky Wheels Day
Pedalmania at Ricc
Make, Bake
& Decorate
Movie Day
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Rock Climbing Make, Bake
& Decorate
Wacky Wheels Day
Pedalmania at Ricc
Inflatable World Minute to Win It
Challenge Day
PERFORMING ARTS 9-15s
based at City YMCA
Script Writing Rehearsal Escape Room Costume &
Set Design
SHOW DAY
ACTIV8 9-12s
based at City YMCA
Adrenalin Forest Orienteering Wacky Wheels Day
Pedalmania at Ricc
Inflatable World Bridal Path
Walk
FRONTRUNNERS 13-15s
based at City YMCA
Team Building &
Leadership Training
Community
Outreach Day
Wacky Wheels Day
Pedalmania at Ricc
Leadership Day Team Day
Lead the Adventure
10-12s programme

 

Holiday Programmes Week 2

Tuesday 27 April – Friday 30 April
8am – 5pm

TUE 27 APR WED 28 APR THU 29 APR FRI 30 APR
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton
Arion Farm Sports Day Bouncy Castle
Fun Day
PJ Day
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Arion Farm Minute to Win It
Challenge
Bouncy Castle
Fun Day
Sports Day
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Boxfit/Circuit
Class
Swimming Bouncy Castle
Fun Day
Operation
Mindfall
ACTIV8 9-12s
based at City YMCA
Rock Climbing Swimming Bouncy Castle
Fun Day
Godley Head
Walk
FRONTRUNNERS 13-15s
based at City YMCA
Team Building &
Leadership Training
Community
Outreach Day
Bouncy Castle
Fun Day
Team Day
Lead the Explore
8-9s programme

 

 

Rock Climbing Programme

Monday 19 April – Friday 23 April
8am – 5pm

MON 19 APR
Indoor
TUE 20 APR
Indoor
WED 21 APR
Indoor
THU 22 APR
Outdoor
FRI 23 APR
Outdoor
Morning Introduction
Clip ‘n Climb session
Belaying Skills
Clip ‘n Climb session
Equipment Knowledge
Clip ‘n Climb session
Top Rope climb
Outdoor climbing Outdoor climbing
Afternoon

Knot workshop
ABL games
Clip ‘n Climb session
3pm
Abseil skills
Top Rope climb
Clip ‘n Climb session
3pm
Indoor abseil
Clip ‘n Climb session
3pm
Abseiling &
Climbing
Self protected
abseiling

Book this programme directly with the Adventure Centre

Book rock climbing programme here
 
 

 


 

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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