April 2020

School Holiday Programmes
& Camps


COVID-19 UPDATE
As you are aware the Government is set to move the country into Level 4 – Eliminate which means the country is going into lockdown for the next 4 weeks from midnight 25 March, and therefore holiday programmes and camps are now no longer able to continue and are cancelled.

 

 
 
 
 

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

April Holiday Programmes

City, Bishopdale & Riccarton

Rock Climbing Programme

YMCA Adventure Centre

Y Camp

Wainui Park

Alpine Camp

Arthur’s Pass

WEEK 1
14-17 April

WEEK 2
20-24 April

CLIMB!
20-24 April
Y CAMP
19-24 April
AUTUMN EXPEDITION
14-18 April

 

Timetable

Holiday Programmes WEEK 1
Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 April
9am - 5pm

TUE 14 APR WED 15 APR THU 16 APR FRI 17 APR
5-7s
at Riccarton
Ten Pin Bowling Mini Golf Easter Craft Pedalmania
Crazy Bikes
8-9s
at the City Y
Ten Pin Bowling Airforce Museum Easter Craft Pedalmania
Crazy Bike
10-12s
at Bishopdale
Easter Craft Ten Pin Bowling Ice Skating Pedalmania
Crazy Bike
5-10s
at the City Y
Easter Craft Airforce Museum Ten Pin Bowling Pedalmania
Crazy Bike
Creative Arts
9-15 years
Art Gallery Easter Craft Mini Golf Exhibition Day
Activ8 Junior
9-10 years
Travis Wetland
& Swimming
Ten Pin Bowling Ice Skating Pedalmania
Crazy Bike
Activ8 Youth
11-12 years
Travis Wetland
& Swimming
Overnight Wainui Wainui Activities Pedalmania
Crazy Bike
Frontrunners
13-15 years
Leadership Day Overnight Wainui Wainui Activities Community Outreach
Tech Week
12-15 years
Tech Week Tech Week Tech Week Tech Week

 

Holiday Programmes WEEK 2
Monday 20 - Friday 24 April
9am - 5pm

MON 20 APR TUE 21 APR WED 22 APR THU 23 APR FRI 24 APR
5-7s
at Riccarton
Baking Day Ferrymead Park Teddy Bears Picnic Court Theatre Circus Day
8-9s
at the City Y
Teddy Bears Picnic Baking Day Ferrymead Park Mini Golf Circus Day
10-12s
at Bishopdale
Mini Golf Sports Day Baking Day Ferrymead Park Circus Day
5-10s
at the City Y
Teddy Bears Picnic Baking Day Ferrymead Park Mini Golf Circus Day
Performing Arts
9-15 years
Music
Workshop
Acting
Workshop
Dance
Workshop
Planning Day Show Time!
Activ8 Junior
9-10 years
Godley Head Walk Driving Range Fitness Session
(Bishopdale)
Burwood Forest
Hut Building
Circus Day
Activ8 Youth
11-12 years
Godley Head Walk Hanmer Overnight TBC Waterfall Walk Driving Range Circus Day
Frontrunners
13-15 years
Godley Head Walk Hanmer Overnight TBC Waterfall Walk Driving Range Community Outreach

 

Rock Climbing Programme
Monday 20 - Friday 24 April
9am - 3pm

MON 20 APR TUE 21 APR WED 22 APR THU 23 APR FRI 24 APR
Morning Welcome & Intros
– Clip ‘n Climb
– Team Activities
Climbing
– Belay consolidation
– Movement consolidation
Knots & Equipment
– Common knots
– Belay devices
Outdoor Climbing
– Cattelstop Crag
Outdoor Climbing/Abseiling
– Albert Terrace
Afternoon Intro to Rock Climbing
– Belaying
– Movement
Intro to Abseiling
– Group climbs & abseils
Abseiling
– Abseil consolidation
– Independent climbing
Outdoor Climbing
– Cattlestop Crag
Outdoor Climbing/Abseiling
– Albert Terrace


 

Policies & Conditions

 


 

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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