School camps at Narrows
Welcome to your home away from home.
When you arrive at Narrows come down the drive and check in at the office. The drive way has clearance for double decker buses.
One of our staff will meet you, welcome your group and give a safety briefing so the group knows the rules, boundaries and safety procedures while at camp. We'll leave you with an easy to read copy and a direct contact number for your camp host.
Your Narrows host is a staff member who will check in on you throughout each day and ensure everything is going well.
They will show you how to operate everything Narrows, so you get the most out of camp.
Have your cabin list filled in and note your emergency contact people. This will ensure that in an emergency you can account for everyone, and it is very clear who is responsible for what eg. fire warden, nurse etc. These forms are found in the Narrows Info Book.
Your Narrows Info Book will include;
We're always keen to hear how we can improve what we do for your next camp. Be sure to fill out the feedback form on departure.
Contact the office with any questions, we're happy to help.
022 425 3526 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Everything you need to know to operate within the current Health and Safety legislation.
The Camp Coordinator from your school is the point of contact that we deal with directly. They handle all the booking info and communication between the Narrows office and the school. We do our best to make this role a pleasure, flexing and adjusting things as we go to ensure a great experience at camp.
Part of running a great camp is getting the right information.
We've provided a list of useful links straight from the governing bodies involved.
They provide resources for EOTC Management as well as Incident Reporting EOTC Management
EOTC Management Tool Kit provides Word doc templates. Everything from event planning to permissions and medical consents can be downloaded here.
Operating within the current Health and Safety regulations.
Boards of trustees and principals must ensure the health and safety of all involved in EOTC, and that learning outcomes are met.
They can only achieve this with the help of everyone involved. Feel free to contact us for anything you require - we're happy to help.
Hold strong to Education outside the Classroom in light of new legislation brought about by the Health and Safety Reform Bill, Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) calls on schools and Principals to stay focused on the value of learning experiences outside the classroom and the retention of EOTC practices in their school curriculum.This week saw media take the potential impact of the Health and Safety Reforms Bill on Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) to air.
The media reports a growing fear of personal repercussion forPrincipals in failing to comply with the new regulations. There is also concern that EOTC will diminish or even stop being offered in schools as a result.School Principals, teachers and Boards of Trustees have always been responsible for providing quality and safe educational experiences and there are many examples of schools doing this very well.
Schools with good systems across school operations need not fear the legislation and good systems in EOTC should not stop the provision of quality learning outside the classroom.
Parents must be able to know that they will see their children safe at home after a school day; the evidence that the responsibility for ensuring this occurs is taken seriously and is demonstrated on a daily basis across New Zealand schools.Principals and staff take the duty of care they have for students very seriously and this is supported by effective management systems that stand alongside of quality teaching. Professional learning development (PLD) is available to help schools develop effective EOTC management systems that scaffold these valued and vital learning opportunities. Based on the Ministry of Education document EOTC Guidelines - Bringing the Curriculum Alive, the PLD is one of a number of EOTC initiatives currently being rolled out by EONZ with support from the Ministry. EONZ is also currently working on a safety management system template and guidance that will further support schools and teachers.The outdoor environment of Aotearoa New Zealand is unique in its accessibility and the learning potential it carries. Thousands and thousands of school students experience quality EOTC across arrange of outdoor environments each year. These are experiences that should be celebrated and encouraged at every opportunity. The outdoors is part of our New Zealand identity, the basis of many lifestyles and a large component of New Zealand’s tourist industry. Education is the transmission of culture and we have an obligation to introduce our young to the outdoors. Learning outside of the classroom and outdoors helps make us kiwis; it is a vital component of the framework in which we use to make sense of the world, who we are and how we learn.
Catherine Kappelle Executive Officer
Education Outdoors New Zealand 03 327 9551 email@example.com www.eonz.org.nz EONZ is a national organisation providing professional learning, access to resources, advice and guidance for EOTC and education outdoors.
Building your team for camp
It's important to choose a team of volunteer parent helpers that will suit your management style and the camp experience you are trying to achieve. Being keen should not be the qualifying factor. The teachers and parents really set the tone for camp so it's important to consider a few things;
Being a camp parent is a privilege. Be sure to choose parents who will improve the camp experience for everyone involved and see the value of investing into the kids you are responsible for. It helps if they are tons of fun too.
Food, drink and dietary requirements. Narrows runs a registered commercial kitchen.
At Narrows you currently have the option of our professional kitchen services, or bringing workers and taking care of the catering yourselves.
If you choose to self cater your kitchen operators will be held legally responsible for the following;
Not all schools are able to get a kitchen team that operates under the new Food Safety Act requirements or one that is willing and able to take responsibility for providing special dietary requirements. Getting it right can be a matter of life or death in some extreme circumstances so be sure to advise your volunteers of the risks involved.
Our meals are ideally suited for New Zealand schools and caters for the spectrum of dietary requirements.
The Narrows kitchen is a registered commercial kitchen and is run in accordance with the Food Safety Act.
With Narrows taking care of everything catering, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you're getting great food that meets all Health and Safety Regulations so you can focus your team on having a great camp. Great food with no responsibility is the best option by far.
We provide meals to suit your group experience and expectations and customise the experience where ever possible to meet your program requirements.
We cater for all requirements. Be sure to include those requests on your booking form or with the front desk at least 10 days out from arrival.
Intentional Learning Experiences
All activities at Narrows come with a set of RAM (Risk Analysis Management) forms, you will receive a set of RAMs when you book.
The activities at Narrows are all low risk which means you do not need to have specialised instructors. The focus is on the learning experience rather than the intensity of risk involved.
School camps are great for lots of things but the biggest impact we see is community development. You get to know so much more about people outside of the usual day hours of 9-3pm. The two points most often discussed with schools are;
Our low risk focus allows parental and teacher participation in the learning so relationships are strengthened and a sense of community is developed that benefits your school long after camp. There's nothing quite like shooting your teacher with a paintball to develop a sense of community...
Outdoors Mark is a best practice standard for high risk activities. At Narrows we run low risk activities.
We do operate high risk activities offsite and for those we contract registered Outdoors Mark operators.
The contractors we use are active almost daily operating within their field of expertise. They are current and practised and continually improving and innovating. Their gear is always in the best condition and certified continually which means no chances are taken or inspections forgotten.
We see some benefit in training camp staff and registering Outdoors Mark or the equivalent but staff do lots of jobs at camps, professionals just do one job very well. We are convinced that mature, experienced professionals are the best option when putting your kids through high risk activities.
Yes they are.
The adventure activities offered that are run offsite do hold all of the appropriate certifications and accreditations to operate safely and with best practice in mind. That information is available on booking.
If you are needing ideas or funding for outdoor activities and you are a low decile school, then make contact with POET.
The Waikato is loaded with great day trips! From Narrows you can Kayak the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, or kayak on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand's own World Class rowing venue, and explore the last hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River. If you're keen, you can do it via jet boat!
Hobbiton is 30min up the road for anyone interested in an amazing Lord of the Rings set experience. For the artists among you, this is a must.
Raglan boasts an internationally ranked surf beach and a beautiful walking trip into Bridal Veil Falls for some outdoor experience. A day trip to the Hamilton Zoo would be a great study project too.
The Hamilton Gardens are ranked in the top 10 gardens in the world! That's a great half day of cultures and it's free.
Everything from the Waikato Museum to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to Sanctuary Mountain are available from your base at Narrows.
For more options, have a look at the Waikato's Tourism site here : https://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/experiences/all-activities
We can organise bus transport both from your school to Narrows and return, as well as around the Waikato for day trips , just let the office know.