Camp Kaitawa - Gisborne Central School

Camp Kaitawa
Purposes of Camp
• Meeting challenges – group and individual
• Working in different groups
• For some, being away from the home
• Trying new foods
• Personal fitness challenges
• Co-operating with other adults
• Accepting rules
Curriculum Links
• Water cycle and hydroelectricity principles.
• Landforms and explanations – formation of the lake
and legend of the lake.
• Living World: bush environment – trees, ferns, fungi,
birds, insects, interdependence.
• Art – sketching, charcoal drawings.
• Writing – keeping a diary, shared stories
• Reading: maps, signs, instructions, rules, worksheets
• PE and Health:
• Social Science: History of the area; Te Kooti; Redoubt
Role of all parent helpers
• Act as a parent to all children – most
important as homesickness is real!
• Direct duties – each parent will be given a
duty group to supervise. (Dishes, dining room,
lunch and veges, dormitories, outdoor areas)
• Help out in kitchen – the cook is there to
supervise the food preparation and delivery –
lots of help needed with dishing up etc.
Specific adult roles at camp
• Teachers – responsible for overall programme, safety
of students, RAMS,
• Cook: Directs the kitchen
• Medical person: Takes care of any medication
children bring, administers medical attention as
• Camp mother: Children take small concerns to you;
looks after specific needs; ensures roster of adults to
sleep in the dormitories.
• Safety Officer : Checks RAMS for each trip; Fire drills
Adult roles continued
• Grounds duty person: supervising duty group who hose
and clean out shower block and toilet area; make sure no
rubbish left around outside;
• Dishes person: Supervises duty team on dishes;
teatowels need to be washed out daily and hung either in
drying room or outside line.
• Dining room; supervises setting up of dining room;
clearing of tables and stacking of dishes in the dining
area; tables are wiped and floor swept
• Dormitories: Supervises group on vacuuming dormitories
and Hall; checks tidiness of bunks; dusting of ledges!
• Veges and lunches: Supervises group on filled roll
making; liaises with cook to organise vege preparation
Layout of Camp
Daily routines
• Get dressed and up the pipeline/confidence course –
dining room group return to set up breakfast. Tidy
own bed and belongings.
• Breakfast
• Duties
• Day’s adventure preparation
• Sometimes back to camp for lunch
• Back to camp late afternoon
• Games, showers, dinner, activities and bed
Programme - flexible
• Monday:
• Bus leaves school about 9.45ish; first break at
lookout on Whareratas; lunch on riverbank at
Wairoa; arrive camp around 1.30pm. Unpack; find
beds; afternoon tea; explore environment and try
out confidence course; short trek to Green Lake
(Fairy Springs) and Kaitawa Lake; showers, dinner,
fire drills, activities and bed.
Usual daily routines
Aniwaniwa tracks
Lake Waikareiti
Papakorito Falls
• The Redoubt area
• Panekiri to first trig
• Gravesite
• Lake Kiri-o-pukae
• Rata tree on Tawa track
• Down pipeline to Tuai power station – may be
able to have a look through???
• Morning tea by Lake Whakamarino – fish
• Caving at Onepoto Caves
• Celebration dinner and concert
• Big clean up after duties
• Children go to Lake Kaitawa to do sketching or
scavenger hunt; also orienteering a possibility
• Leave in time to be back at school before 3
• Contains all the information you would ever
need to know about the area.

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