Camp builds skills and confidence

Tamariki in care were selected to attend an exciting camp in the Totara Reserve.

Published on
26 Apr 2018
rise up camp

Challenging but fun

Manawatu Social Worker Sally Massey jumped at the chance to put forward names of tamariki to be considered for the New Zealand Red Cross Rise Up camp recently.

The camp is held in the Totara Reserve bush, near Palmerston North. It gives young people aged 10-13 the chance to have fun, build confidence, develop leadership skills and try new things. Three kids in care were selected to attend the camp and Sally says they absolutely loved it.

Camp days were busy and they tried everything from new dance moves to high-tech firefighting gadgets. The New Zealand Army, Police and Fire and Emergency New Zealand all helped out, organising activities and providing support throughout the week-long camp. 

Kids were joined at the camp by community volunteers and local high school students, who helped out as youth leaders.

“My teammates give me support all the time and I really like the team leaders that have been helping me, encouraging me.”

Young person

Long-lasting impact

A twelve year old at the camp said it was really fun. “I’ve loved the activities that we were doing and I love my team. The leaders were cool. They encouraged me to do the stuff that I didn’t want to do – they were, like, face your fear. It was my first time swimming in a river and they encouraged me to do it and I actually did it.”

Young people also spent time talking about values and goals they want to work towards. Sally says caregivers, family and whānau were appreciative of the opportunity for the three children connected to Oranga Tamariki.

“The kids also enjoyed the award ceremony afterwards and are looking forward to an upcoming reunion with their camp friends.”


Thank you to New Zealand Red Cross for sharing this photo and story with us. For more details and photos from the camp, please visit their site