School camps at Narrows
Operating within the current Health and Safety regulations.
Narrows Park operates with Health and Safety top of mind. Our Board includes a Health and Safety consultant, community leaders and pastoral care workers. We are very much concerned with people experiencing life and camp well. Some of our staff were teachers before coming to camping so we understand the responsibilities schools have regarding camps.
Striking the balance between risk and fun can be tricky but we have developed a system to manage that while your group is onsite so that every box is ticked and every camper accounted for.
Be sure to contact us with any questions and we'll provide the answers.
Everything you need to know to operate within the current Health and Safety legislation.
All of the contact will go through your coordinator. This is our go to person and our team has everything in place to make your job easy and enjoyable. What a cool responsibility to put together a camp that will no doubt be remembered by your kids for the rest of their lives! We're keen to help you make it a great memory!
Part of running a great camp is getting the right information, here's a few useful links;
They provide resources for EOTC Management as well as Incident Reporting
EOTC Management Tool Kit provides Word doc templates. Everything from event planning to permissions and medical consents can be downloaded here.
The idea is exciting, the organising can be tough... so we do it for you! If fundraising is something that suits your school then this doesn't get simpler. At Narrows we provide a range of fundraising items familiar to parents and community. Choose from food, merchandise, NZ Honey or products and collect the margin for your camp. Anyone can do it, the system is all ready to go for you.
If you are needing ideas or funding for outdoor activities and you are a low decile school, then make contact with POET. They support specifically this area of the school experience.
Narrows offers a working bee experience that can offset the costs of your camp! Part of what we do here is maintain an environment that homes a very rare, in fact, endangered species of native New Zealand bat. In fact, it's been confirmed that the largest group of these bats in the whole world are right here at Narrows!
One way you can reduce costs and be part of protecting the environment is to join us in doing maintenance and grounds work here at Narrows as part of keeping this environment in great shape and do your part to save an endangered species!
Be sure to contact us with any questions and we'll provide the answers.
Welcome to your home away from home.
When you arrive at Narrows come down the drive and check in at the office.
One of our staff will meet you, welcome your group and give a safety briefing so the group knows how Narrows works, 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 is your go to person while at camp. They'll sort everything you need, solve problems before they arise and do it all with a smile.
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 includes everything you need to know to enjoy a great camp.
Contact the office with any questions, we're happy to help.
022 425 3526 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Building your team for camp
Most of the activities and programming can use parents as the adults required to achieve the correct ratios. There are many ways camp parents can play a meaningful role at camp, connect with kids and feel a part of the school community. Remember to set a great tone for camp and we're sure they'll be a great help!
Talk to us if you'd like to a bit of direction or need a suggestion for that one parent that just needs a bit of extra care, we're happy to help!
Food, drink and dietary requirements. Narrows runs a registered commercial kitchen.
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
Narrows design and run programs, let the office know if you would like that done for you.
Should you design your own program we'll be keen to sit down and go through it so the best of Narrows meets the best of your program.
The full range of activities is provided when you request the Narrows Info Book.
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 laughing and learning together to develop a sense of community...
As a registered Charitable Trust, Narrows Park has developed a robust Health and Safety Protocol covering all aspects of operations and activities. A member of our Board is a Health and Safety Consultant and oversees our policies.
All of our staff are police vetted and character checked.
Outdoors Mark is a best practice standard for high risk activities. At Narrows we run low risk activities and meet all the safety requirements for those. RAM forms are available for all activities.
We do offer high risk activities offsite and for those we ensure all qualifications are in place. Feel free to request them for your records.
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 Waikato's Tourism site
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.