School Camps

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at Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre


YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre is a fantastic place to stay and enjoy the outdoors without the complicated ‘organisational’ logistics.

The Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre staff know how to organise camps.  This is your stress free one-stop-shop for your school camp, church camp, community group retreat or training session.

Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre has a range of accommodation options, catering or self-catering options, and endless programme activities, tailored to your age range and goals, with professional equipment and instructors.

YMCA camps for schools are designed to meet the needs of your group, and we can accommodate all levels of fitness and physical ability. You’ll have a dedicated host for the length of your stay and we can also offer catering, as we believe healthy, wholesome meals are a key part of successful camps for schools.

Some groups require programmes that extend and challenge people more than our regular introductory outdoor education, which is why we’ve introduced a range of programmes including Duke of Edinburgh related camps, leadership development, and a three day group challenge.  Let us know what you need, and we can make it happen.

We know how important it is that your children are in safe hands, so all YMCA camps for schools are CYF approved and meet the criteria of the OutdoorsMark external audit scheme.

Our feedback reflects our greatest asset- our staff and our programme delivery. With great activities, and tailor made programmes, we ensure that your programme meets the learning outcomes and goals of your group, the time frame you have, and most importantly, your budget. This is the part of camp that  YMCA staff know best: how to take people outside to learn, to develop, to have fun.

                                              Check Out What School Programmes Are All About

Activities Available

  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Air Rifles
  • Bush Skills
  • Tree Top Trail / High Ropes
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • High Ropes (coming 2019)
  • Giant Swing
  • Tramp to Camp
  • Expedition
  • Raft Building
  • Super Fox
  • Rock Climbing
  • Crate stack (coming 2019)
  • Tyrolean Traverse
  • UHF Radions
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Surf Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding (coming 2019)


Healthy, wholesome meals are a key part of every camp. Our school’s menu offer healthy and nutritious meals and can be adjusted to the individual needs of your group including for dietary requirements.

YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre  has an audited food control plan registered with the Upper Hutt City Council and is fully equipped with a wide range of appliances, utensils and cleaning equipment.

Need more information?

At YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centyre we understand that the requirements and camp objectives are different for every school. To accommodate this YMCA tailor programmes for every school group based on their unique needs.

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