We are excited to announce that Wellington Orienteering Club will host this year’s Junior Camp. Wellington President Paul Teesdale-Spittle confirmed the news this week. ONZ will now work with Wellington’s Junior Camp Liaison Jane Harding to start to confirm the venue and other key details. Once the key details have been confirmed, ONZ will be able to formally provide parents with more information.
For those penciling in dates – we expect the camp to be held sometime between Sunday 11th and Monday 19th December. Please remember that the camp is running under new rules that came into force last year:
Participants must be secondary school students between year 9 and 13 and must be competing at red level or competent at orange level in regular competition. Applicants that meet these criteria will be accepted into the camp as long as their club substantiates the information they have supplied is accurate. Orienteering New Zealand will not be turning away any eligible participants as long as:
- The offer of a place at Junior Camp is accepted by the due date.
- Arrangements are made with ONZ to pay required fees (see below) by the due date.
- The student has no outstanding fees owing to ONZ for past trips or camps
Camp Size and Structure
Because there is no longer a limit on the number of participants able to attend the camp, there are two very different options on how the camp will run. These options are based on attendance numbers. For this reason we ask parents to not book travel for the camp until numbers are confirmed.
Eighty or less participants
ONZ intends for the camp to follow the format or past years if the camp has eighty or less participants. This will mean the camp will run for the traditional 6 days – probably between Sunday 11th and Friday 16th December. Participants would arrive on Sunday 11th throughout the day, with the first full day of scheduled activities taking place on Monday 12th December.
More than eighty participants
ONZ expects the maximum number of participants (excluding parents and staff) able to be accommodated as being eighty. If this number is exceeded, the camp will be split into two camps divided by participant school year levels. This would mean two camps of between 3 ½ and 4 days each. To make this option work, participants will all have to all be at the camp by a set time.
Please note that if participant numbers necessitate this option, families will be responsible for any additional costs required to ensure their child is at the camp on time. Orienteering New Zealand and hosts Wellington Orienteering Clubs will not be responsible for the supervision or travel arrangements of camp participants who are in Wellington prior to the day they attend the camp.