The Oak Development Trust Summer Camp was held at Waitangi weekend at Waipara with 80 being in camp either in cabins or tents. Such a beautiful place to spend a weekend sharing lots of fun, conversation, activities, and also at times just to be. Camp started with a scavenger hunt that was judging on creativity, team work and keeping connected to nature. A mushroom found on the field got a greater regard than one found in the kitchen chiller. The annual raft race was held with the 'Girl Power' fighting well to display their strength and courage to come from behind and nearly win. The water slide gifts loads of fun. and he pond became a go to place in the heat for both swimming and canoeing/kayaking. High ropes and tree climbing were new activities. The joy and blessing of camp is in the connections made, the conversations had and the experience of being in a nurturing environment that looks out for one another. The great food also was a treat. Thank you for the team in the kitchen and to the Riccarton West Community Garden for its generous donation of vegetables.
It was a great day at Harrington park again this year. The weather could have been kinder to us but despite the wind and it being a bit cold there was a lot of fun. A variety of food was enjoyed including Filipino, Chinese and Korean, fresh cut up fruit with marshmallows and biscuits that children could decorate themselves. There were some great designs. The Cheapskates were a hit again as was the Police Obstacle course and the car being demolished. Pony parties were new this year and there were a constant line up of children for waiting for a pony ride. The clown was enjoyed as was Ronnie from 'What now'. Children enjoyed throwing sponges at Steve the local police officer. When it comes to the tug of war, the girls are the 2015 champions until we meet again on 15th October 2016 for the next Riccarton community tug of war, boys vs girls!
Those who gathered were treated to Patrick O'Connor's lovely deep voice singing a selection of songs, a Korean dance followed by Angela who works as the diversional therapist at the Maples bringing us songs from the 1940 and 50's. A musical quiz was enjoyed.
What a fun filled, action packed, memory making 2 days 50-60 people shared in over Queens Birthday weekend at Hanmer Springs. We challenged each other through various activities: kite making (sadly no wind to test our skills), treasure hunt, Sams scavenger hunt, a quiz extraordinaire and a newspaper fashion parade. The 'tea of the nations' was a treat with delicious food from various countries. A great soak in the hot pools on Queens Birthday Monday sent us on our way home.