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Hanmer Camp an amazing time

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The ODT Winter Camp in Hanmer Springs was an amazing time! We had a great group attend. 

There were some fantastic team challenges: the annual camp Treasure Hunt in town, the Hungry Hippos game, and the Minute to Win It evening run by the Carters! Many of our kids and youth took their bikes and challenged themselves on different bike tracks. 

We began the day on Sunday with a climb up Conical Hill -- the view was worth the sore legs! A group went to the Animal Park where they had: donkeys, deer, wallabies, llamas, and even a yak! The kids got to feed them and pat them, and try not to have their clothes eaten by the deer. 

On our last day we spent the morning at the hot pools relaxing before we began the drive back home. All in all we had an awesome time together! The relationships built during this time are lasting and so valuable. 

Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun time! And thank you to all of those who helped to make it happen, you’re amazing!

ODT Waipara Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018 was an amazing weekend together, bringing together families from the Riccarton community and families from Riccarton Baptist Church. And there were so many things that made it a great time. Like the enthusiastic team that made it happen, and the way everyone encouraged each other and worked together with activities, games and duties. There was an amazing effort put in each morning with the cabin competition. We had a fun camp concert around the camp fire, and we had Donna come to tell us bedtime stories every night. Well done to all who challenged themselves with the various activities, whether that be high ropes, vertical swing, archery, rafting or making the human pyramid as part of the mission challenge.

Here are some photo highlights from the weekend.


Community Fun Day 2017

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One of the most popular community events in Riccarton is on again this year.

Community Day 2017 will be held at Harrington Park, Peverel Street, on October 14 -- and you are invited!

There will be FREE BBQ, food, activities & entertainment for all ages. This year we will be running a fancy hat design competition for all ages bring your original hat design along to be judged by Maria Wright, a well-known Christchurch hat designer.

The day will run from 1pm to 4pm, so pop along and have fun.

* Pic above: Some of the crowd at the 2015 event.

Summer Camp 2017

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.

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