Many people have childhood memories that include sitting around the camp fire, cooking baked beans on a little gas cooker, solar showers and hanging togs on the guyropes of the tent to dry.
YMCA Auckland is giving families the chance to create more of these special memories by sponsoring 30 families to attend a Family Camp at Camp Adair in Hunua.
"Camping is such a Kiwi rite of passage, but it's not something all families get to experience," camp manager Zach Johnston says.
"The aim of Family Camp is to take families out of their normal environments and create opportunities for them to connect and become stronger as a family unit."
The opportunity to attend Family Camp is open to the public on a fee basis, however YMCA Auckland will provide a 100 per cent subsidy for 30 deserving families to attend.
Families can apply or be nominated for sponsorship online at ymcaauckland.org.nz.
Recipients will be selected based on deserving circumstances with a preference given to those who might normally be excluded from similar circumstances by cost.
There is no limit to the size of the family, in terms of the number of kids, but parents must attend - it's not a ‘ship off your kids' occasion.
Applications open on August 26 and close on September 15.
It might not be tents and solar showers, but it's guaranteed to be a good time.
Family Campers will be provided with accommodation, meals and a range of camp activities, including bushwalks, raft building, camp fires, sports, abseiling, climbing and more.
All ages and abilities are welcome.
Family Camp is on from October 4 to 6 and coincides with Camp Adair's 100th birthday.
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