Y.E.S. Camp Registrations Open

Youth of Waimakariri.

Your district needs you!

The 2017 YES (Youth in Emergency Services) programme is fast approaching and we are after 15 enthusiastic teenagers, aged between 16 and 19, who are keen to gain an introduction into the world of the emergency services.

20170627_YESCampRegistrationsOpenThis year, the programme will run during the first week of the spring school holidays.

The camp starts on October 2, running through until October 6. It is being held at Glentui Lodge.

Registrations are open until August 15, with application forms available online now at http://hurunuiyouth.co.nz/yes-camp-2017/

The exercise is a joint venture between the Waimakariri, Selwyn and Hurunui Districts.

There are openings for 15 teenagers from each district to participate in the five-day educational camp.

The programme is designed to provide participants with an introduction to emergency services across the participating organisations.

The emergency services involved in the programme are:

  • Fire & Emergency New Zealand (FENZ)
  • St John Ambulance
  • Land Search & Rescue
  • Civil Defence Rescue
  • Red Cross
  • NZ Police
  • Coastguard

Each of the days are filled with fun activities that are directed towards action rather than theory, but also include a selection of guest speakers from the community during the post-dinner sessions.

At the conclusion of the week, the teenagers are then given three months practical experience volunteering at a service of their choice, before a graduation ceremony concludes the programme following the volunteer period.

The graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 was held in April, with the graduates gathering at Kaiapoi High School’s Cultural Centre, Te Kōhiko, to celebrate their involvement and receive formal recognition from the Mayors of their respective districts.

The feedback from last year’s participants was positive, with some describing it as “life changing”, as the experience provided both new skills and new friends.

Rochelle Faimalo of Hurunui said the benefits of the camp experience, and the education the participants had gained within it, was highlighted after last year’s earthquakes, which impacted significantly on her district.

Faimalo said she took a number of calls from fellow YES camp attendees following the quakes asking what they could do to help.