Thursday, 04 June 2020

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Day Camp once again a great success

Day Camp once again a great success

The 14th Mercury Bay Day Camp that was held for three days last week on Graham and Selma Morcom’s farm outside Cooks Beach was, once again, a great success.

According to camp director, Rev Mary Petersen from St Andrews by the Sea Community Church, 65 teen leaders and more than 100 adult leaders, the most ever, signed up to help. A large group of parents of children who attended the camp were also happy to help every day.

The 300 six- to 13-year-old children who attended the camp had the opportunity to participate in 20 activities, including archery, clay bird shooting, a confidence course, hut building, a craft corner, kayaking, mud- and waterslides, a 220m flying fox and a vertical bungy trampoline. Two new activities were introduced this year - a mystery trailer ride and sack sliding. Rev Petersen said the children really enjoyed both activities. During the mystery trailer ride children did things they wouldn’t normally do at home, like gumboot throwing and building a pyramid out of tyres.

The teen leaders all received a certificate and subway voucher. Two of them, Emma Smith and Natalyha Surgison, received an additional $50 each for having been nominated the most encouraging of all the leaders. 

This was Emma’s third year as a teen leader. She’s a Year 11 student at MBAS and used to attend the camp when she was younger. “I’m really privileged that I have had the opportunity for a few years now to be a leader. This year’s camp was just so good. Everything ran smoothly and the kids were great.” 
Natalyha is a Year 12 student at Hamilton Girls High School. She used to live in Mercury Bay and, like Emma, attended the camp when she was younger. This was her first year as a teen leader. She said, “I have really enjoyed it being a teen leader at this year’s Day Camp. It was a neat experience, especially getting to know the other leaders and the kids better.”

Rev Petersen said planning for next year’s camp will start in the next few weeks.

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