A little bit of His story
CYC was started in the late 1950’s when about the same time a lot of Christian Camps were set up around New Zealand as different churches reacted to the need that had sprung out of World War Two. Large numbers of kids were growing up without their Fathers, along with increased amounts of families moving to the big cities whose kids were missing out on the experiences that had once been normal for New Zealand Kids.
One of those people who were trying to respond to those needs was a man named Don Bullin who with others under the auspices of BTI (Bible Training Institute now Laidlaw Collage) were touring the country running Christian after school programs. Don saw that a weeklong Camp environment would be an even better way to impact the children’s lives and so he started running week long camps in a Church Hall in Matamata, and then a year later on land used for the Easter Convention near the center of Ngaruawahia.
It was during one of these Camps he met a local farmer Vivian Rankilor who Don asked if there might be a small piece of land that could be purchased to set up a permanent Christian Children’s Camp. Vivian replied that he didn’t know on one but came back later to ask if Don might like to look around a bit of land that he owned. Don his wife and another Gentleman did so and after looking at it asked Vivian if they might be able to purchase a few acres at the front. Vivian said no they couldn’t, but that instead, God had told him he was to give them the entire 90-acre property to be used as an interdenominational Christian Children’s Camp. And so CYC was born!
CYC quickly grew and we now have two Camping sites on the property. Now day’s one site sleeps 250 and the other sleeps 208. Both sites have their own Kitchens. One site is fully catered and the other site is has self-catering facilities for those who would like to provide their own food.
We run our own Holiday programs during school holidays and the rest of the year we hire the site to school groups, family reunions, sports groups, overseas based tour groups and church groups.
A lot of people have gone before us and built a strong foundation for us to continue to build on as we reach out to the young people and their families with the love of God and salvation through Jesus Christ.
So welcome to CYC, come and stay with us to become part of His story at 148 Waingaro Road, Ngaruawahia.
Meet the CYC team
Steven is our awesome director and loves camping. He brings a wealth of practical knowledge from his farming background and loves having a good chat with people.
Glennis has the office covered! She'll be able to answer questions you might have about camp!
Ben and his family think camp is the best place! He loves hosting, holiday camps and making the place look good!
Zoe is one of our programme directors and is heavily involved with holiday camps! She is the go to when it comes to our leaders here at camp.
James has been with us for 5 years now.He and his family moved here from Scotland and James loves to create delicious meals.
He is enthusiastic and always has a joke or two on the tip of his tongue.
Natt is our 2nd chef. He not only cooks but is an essential member of our maintenance team
Les is our grounds and maintenance man. He has a wide range of skills and can fix almost anything! He has a huge job and a very long "to do" list that never seems to get shorter.
The majority of Nick's time is spent working on grounds and maintenance during the week.
In the weekends he is your "go to guy" as he does the majority of the hosting.
Cameron does many things around camp but his main job is to host, instruct on the climbing wall, and to help carry out the maintenance work around camp.
Holiday Camp Co-Ordinator/Admin Support
Rebecca has a variety of skills which means she is a huge asset at camp! She is constantly on the go, whether is be helping in the office, on the ground or in the kitchen
Brett is a massive asset around camp and helps out with a variety of stuff, whether it be hosting, maintenance or programme directing
Grace is volunteering over the summer/busy period and has been a massive help to our staff team! She is willing to do anything and always with a smile! We're blessed to have her
The CYC Board and Staff are committed to promoting the physical, social and spiritual well being of campers, of all ages, through providing excellent facilities and safe activities. We aim to offer inspiring outdoor experiences and programmes that promote self awareness, encouragement, co operation, communication and Christian living.