Hanmer Springs Bike & Hike camp
Our first camp of the year was a hit! Tenting was our choice of accommodation on this camp which everyone enjoyed. On our main day the biking group got to explore the Hanmer forest and played on the pump track. They also tested their skills on a fun and flowy single track…. they liked it so much They went and did it 3 times! The hiking group checked out the cool forest walking tracks and found a sweet bridge to take photos on.
Winter Snow Camp
On our snow camp we spent our first afternoon exploring Castle Hill in the snow and we stayed at The Environmental Education Center in the Craigieburn Area. We got to hike, play in the snow and have a massive snow fight! Due to the weather forecast we came back into Christchurch and stayed at Cracroft Girl Guide Center on our last night. We spent our last day at Alpine Ice having a blast skating around the rink!
Labour Weekend Camp
On the 21st of October we had 11 students attend our yearly Labour weekend camp. This year camp was a focus on Hiking and surfing in our local area of Christchurch. Our first day consisted of the group starting at Taylors Mistake car park and walking into camp via Godley Heads. It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining and a slight breeze which helped the students up the hill. Once we got up the hill we were at out campsite where we stayed at ‘Awaroa/Godley Heads Campsite’ and what a great campsite it was. Not only was it the perfect location for our camp but the views were amazing overlooking the ocean, there was plenty of room for the students to run around, it had toilets and drinking water and we basically had the place to ourselves. Once we had a rest from our walk it was time to set up camp, all the students helped each other put their tents up, which was fantastic to see all the teamwork! The students then completed our own rogaine course we created before prepping and cooking dinner and then headed of to bed. Day 2 we woke up to another sunny but a windy day. After bags and lunches were packed we set off for another walk before we headed to the beach. Day 3 the students were tired but man were they excited for the surfing. After packing down tents and loading up the trailer we meet for our surf lesson in Sumner. The weather and surf conditions weren’t great but that didn’t bother the students. We spent over an hour in the water, where the students were riding the waves, back and forth either standing up or falling off but no matter what they had the biggest grin on their faces. To wrap the day up we had hot chip sandwiches before heading back to Cracroft to be picked up.
End of year camp
On this camp we based ourselves out at Paytons Lodge in Mt Oxford. This camp focused on giving our regular termly students a couple of days to hangout together and opportunities to revisit activities from our bush, rock and hiking programmes during the year. Our big day was spent hiking into Ryde Falls and spending sometime in the bush. We also focused on navigation, fire lighting, ABL games and an obstacle course. It was a great way to wind down the year with our students!