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
Level 4 Pember
04 233 1593
For more information regarding Family Camp, eligibility, how to apply or for more information please email Jay Campbell direct at: