The children’s holiday programme at Creeklands Christian Camp in Inglewood is a family tradition for the Aish family.
The camp is organised through the Liberty Baptist Church Inc. Charitable Trust and run by Deb (nee Aish) and Mike Rawson with Bronwyn and Edward Aish.
Deb and Edward’s mother Carolyn Ann Aish volunteers along with Deb and Mike’s children, while Bronwyn and Edward’s children take part in the camp.
Mrs Aish said they were fortunate to have support from the Liberty Baptist Church members enabling the camps to run.
“The church members enjoy being able to give back to our community,” she said.
The camps have been running for over 35 years with parents and caregivers thankful for good reliable day-care at a reasonable cost of $90 for the week.
“We want to provide a safe, happy, positive place for youth to experience life skills and values,” Mrs Rawson said.
She said Logan Kerrisk had been coming since he was 5-years-old.
A keen BMX rider, 9-year-old Logan said: “It’s fun because they have their own BMX track.”
Mornings are spent teaching good values, team building and good decision making through singing, action songs and story time.
Troy Ryan, 12, said he enjoyed coming to camp because “the people are really nice and I have lots of fun.”
The children eat a cooked lunch followed by free time to enjoy the BMX track, riding bikes and scooters along with a range of other outdoor activities.
In the afternoon there is a craft session making things like snow globes and masks, followed by games.
Another regular Helen Knight, 13, said “Camp was fun because the crafts are pretty cool.”
Mrs Aish said in summer they have a huge water slide.
Camps are held the first week of the school holidays with the next camp from January 13 – 17 2014.
Contact Camp Co-Ordinator Deb Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.lbc.org.nz
This article was published in the North Taranaki Midweek on October 9, 2013.