Youth Camp Sparks Interest in District’s Emergency Services
The combined Hurunui, Selwyn, and Waimakariri Districts' Youth in Emergency Services (YES) Camp took place over five days from Monday 2 October to Friday 7 October. The camp provided 24 participants aged between 16 and 19 years old the chance to work through various emergency-related scenarios in a safe environment.
The YES camp was held at the Glentui Meadows Conference and Leisure Centre where attendees were involved in a range of training associated with emergency services. These included surf lifesaving, rural and urban fire, Civil Defence, Police, St John training, and an overnight Land Search and Rescue exercise.
Hurunui Youth Programme Coordinator Jess Kerr says the continued success of the YES camp is an important part of the youth programme calendar, as it equips young people with important skills that can benefit the entire district.
“The aim of the camp is to bring young people with an interest in emergency services together and to provide them with exposure to different emergency agencies to spark further interest in volunteering for them.”
The camp is followed by three months volunteering with an emergency service provider of each participant’s choice, where they each have the chance to work alongside existing volunteers with a wealth of experience to share.
Mayor Winton Dalley says the YES camp provides a great promotion of the district’s emergency services and makes them visible to the young people in our district.
“The skills the participants get from this camp are extremely valuable and we trust will inspire them to become a permanent part of the team of volunteers that run our emergency services.”
Participants from the Hurunui district were able to attend the camp thanks to funding received by the Hurunui Youth Programme from the Rata Foundation. A graduation for all participants will be held at the completion of the three month volunteering phase.