Family Camp

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Family Camp at Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre November 9-11 2018


About Family Camp

Almost ¾ of young people (aged between 11 and 24yrs) say that family is what they value most in life..but unfortunately the amount of quality time families are spending together is becoming less and less.

  • 30% of parents say they don’t spend any active time with their kids
  • Only one in 10 families eat a meal together each week
  • Participation (in anything) has been proven to be the key factor in supporting vulnerable children.

Family camp is about removing all the pressures of life for a weekend and enabling families to switch off and spend a few days actively recreating together in an outdoors environment with the support of caring YMCA staff. Family camp is a fully funded programme supported and delivered by YMCA Wellington. Selected Families from all walks of life and backgrounds are treated to a weekend of cabin based camping at Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre, located at the base of the Tararua Ranges, North of Wellington.

The opportunity presents itself as a simple pass for families who find it harder to find the time and resources required to indulge in a classic kiwi camping experience. Family Camp removes families from the pressures of daily life, giving them for time together to connect and become stronger as a family unit while having some good old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors. What does this fun involve? Since family camp is designed to cater to people from all walks of life, activities are determined completely by the abilities of our campers. Families could find themselves drenched on the mudslide, racing down a super flying fox, marveling over the nightline, testing their limits on the climbing wall, toasting marshmallows on a crackling fire while listening out for moreporks and much more.

Applications for Family Camp are open to any family in the Greater Wellington community regardless of background and ability. The next family camp will run 9th-11th November 2018. Applications are open now and the deadline to apply is 1st September 2018.

To apply simply download the forms below, fill out and drop into either of the below addresses or post to PO Box 30247, Lower Hutt. If you are unable to print the forms then please pop into either location below to pick up an application pack.

All people over the age of 16 attending family camp must complete a criminal record check. This is to protect all children, families, and staff on site. The check is free of charge, simply print the form, (see link below or pick up from your chosen location) fill out and post.

Application packs available at:

YMCA Pilmuir House                        YMCA Upper Hutt Gym                       YMCA Masterton
67 Pilmuir Street                                Somme Road                                           371 Queen St
Lower Hutt                                          Trentham                                                  Masterton
04 568 3252                                        04 527 3380                                             06 377 5499

YMCA Porirua
Level 4 Pember
Hagley Street
04 233 1593

For more information regarding Family Camp, eligibility,  how to apply or for more information please email Jay Campbell direct at:


KOEC Family Camp Poster July 2018 v3 PNG

Important information for parents

- What your camper should bring to Y-Camp

- Terms & Conditions

- Tiered Pricing Information

- OSCAR Outdoor Education Policies & Procedures

- Policies and Procedures Document

- Behaviour Management Document

- Transport Policy

For more information about these camps, get in touch!

YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre

Contact Us


04 526 7338

184 Marchant Road Upper Hutt


Head Office Support Centre

04 568 3252

PO Box 30247, Lower Hutt 5010