Living Springs Leaders Boot Camp

What a blast! Living Springs really knows how to teach their leaders!

From the 18th-20th of December, I attended the Living Springs Leaders Boot Camp to learn more about how to handle child behavior and gain my first aid certificate.

To start the camp off, we listened to others experiences with camps and what they found to be their ‘why’ statement. We were then given the task to make a ‘why’ statement for Living Springs which wasn’t too difficult because there was already so many reasons why I am a leader for their Kids Camps!

In our free time we got to hang out and chill with each other which gave us all the opportunity to get to know one another. It was great how we all got along so well and everyone was super inclusive! We went on a trip to Rapaki for a dip in the water and my friends and I went for an adventure around the edge of the bay. It was heaps of fun spending time outside of the camp ground with all the leaders and I feel it gave us the option to really bond with everyone.

The next day we learnt a whole lot of games to play with the children. By having a new Camp Manager who was from America attend the training, this opened up the opportunity to learn a wider range of activities!

Then it came to the last day which involved completing the first aid course. Lucky enough we were able to have it subsidized as we were leaders that were going to be working with children. The course was very thorough and taught us how to deal with issues ranging from heart attacks to allergic reactions.

Overall Boot Camp was an awesome learning experience, and I felt that I had gained a lot of important knowledge and skills from being there!

If you’d like to learn more about Living Springs and how you could become a leader yourself, click the link below!

http://www.livingsprings.co.nz/KIDS+CAMPS/Kids+Camp.html

 

Seasons Greetings!

Tarryn Wilson

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YMCA 2017

I’m so excited to share with you all my experiences with being a leader at the YMCA! For me personally, I think the YMCA has offered me some of the most life-changing opportunities that before becoming a leader, I would not have seen myself doing.

I’ll start with addressing the fact that everyone at the YMCA is so friendly and supportive. During what we call ‘Monday group’, we are given a chance to share our highs and lows of the week (what went well and what went not so well). This really opens up a chance for us to really get to know each other and trust one another. YMCA recognizes that for us to become great leaders, we are going to need the help from others in order to build each other up.

One of my main roles with the YMCA is a holiday program leader. This allows me to spend time teaching and influencing children during the most important times of their lives. I remember when a group of kids alongside an adult and myself went and camped up at Packhorse hut for the weekend. Throughout the trip it was so incredible seeing how much the kids looked up to me! I almost felt idolized just for being there to make sure they’re having fun and are safe.

And of course YMCA doesn’t just throw you into the challenge without giving you any training! Throughout my time at the YMCA, I have been to many leadership training camps that have helped and advised me on the best way to work with children. By attending these training’s, I believe that it has personally grown me as a leader!

In the end, YMCA has really been so unbelievable and I would 100% recommend it to anyone who is wanting a fun way to give back to their community!

If you’d like to learn more about the YMCA and how you can become a leader like myself, click the link below!

https://www.ymcachch.org.nz/young-people/youth-development-services/

 

Happy Holidays!

Tarryn Wilson

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Christchurch Youth Council

Christchurch Youth Council 2017!

I remember at the beginning of the year when one of my teachers recommended that I applied for the opportunity to work with the Christchurch Youth Council as she felt that I would be a perfect fit for a position. At first, I had no clue who they were or what they did as an organisation so I did a bit of research. It wasn’t long until I started to picture myself in that environment creating new ideas for our city, Christchurch.

Shortly after I had put in my application, I met up with a lady known as Kate. She was so genuinely lovely and helped to give me a further understanding of CYC and what they do. Then a few days later I heard back with the good news that I was accepted as a General Member for Christchurch Youth Council.

Slowly but surely I began to gain confidence in the Council and I started to get more involved with planning out certain events and ideas for how we could make Christchurch better. Over the year we managed to help out with the Youth Action Plan and the Connecting Before Electing event.

So many awesome opportunities have arisen from being in the Christchurch Youth Council. I have had the chance to attend a range of interesting and fun events. These include executive meetings, recruitment days and skill workshops. On Monday the 11th of September we as the Christchurch Youth Council attended a strengths finder workshop to learn a bit more about our personal strengths and how we could utilize them in a team environment.  I definitely learnt a lot about myself as well as others and found that it was okay to have different strengths to others especially when it comes to working in a team.

To wrap it all up, being a general member for the Christchurch Youth Council has presented itself with many exciting opportunities that I would not have otherwise received. I have learnt to become a more open-minded person and can now see from others points of views. I believe that attending workshops and meetings has been one of my highlights for this year as well as being able to work alongside a team of passionate, motivated young people.

If you’d like to become a Christchurch Youth Council member to be able to experience what it’s like to have your say on some of the changes happening to Christchurch then click the following link and register!

http://www.chchyouthcouncil.org.nz/join.html

 

All the best!

Tarryn Wilson

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Ashley Gorge Adventure Camp Recreate NZ

What a weekend!

Was so good to see everyone from Recreate NZ again! The road trip was rather short as it only takes less than 2 hours to get to Ashley Gorge from Christchurch. Once we got there the weather turned horrible! It was wet and slippery which made the mish to get our cabins and tents set up a lot harder. It wasn’t long until the sun came out though!

The next day it was boiling! We headed down to the water with our tubes in one arm and our day pack in the other. There was heaps of people down by the water which created a more friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Once we had soaked up all the sun from the day it was time for bed. It was so hot that night, so it was quite hard to get everyone to sleep.

Waking up the next morning with a big day ahead. We were off to the lake to do some kayaking and then go for a walk through Cave Stream! I remember seeing a large spider on the rocks and trying so hard not to scream!

The drive home was just as good as the drive there. We had the classic road trip playlist going while snacking on some goodies!

I would have to say my highlight of this trip was definitely going through Cave Stream for the first time with everyone! Then the not so good part about the trip would be getting attacked by sand flies and burnt to a crisp.

If you’d like to become a volunteer with Recreate NZ and work with a group of lovely young adults with disabilities, click the following link:

https://www.recreate.org.nz/get-involved

 

Have a good one!

Tarryn Wilson

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Queenstown Girl Guide Training

Before I start, I might as well start with the fact that two hours before my flight was leaving Christchurch Airport, I had just entered the room where I would be sitting my first external of 2017. It honestly was as stressful as it sounds! To complete a 3 hour exam in less than an hour, it was definitely difficult!

Anywho, I managed to not miss my flight to Queenstown which was a good start. However I then had to face the tricky task of trying to find the Super Shuttle that would be taking me to the accommodation for the weekend. It wasn’t long until a group of middle-aged women wearing the same guides uniform as me started waving down the shuttle. When we arrived at LakeLand Park Christian Camp the view of the Queenstown lake was absolutely stunning. The night was filled with the normal ice breaker activities and taking a tour of the campus.

The next day:

So not going to lie, the food at this event was pretty fancy to the normal food you would be served at camp. We had pea soup with garlic croutons and this poncy version of pizza bread. Although, I’m not going to complain because it was delicious!

The activities you would complete depended on what stage you were in as a Guide Leader. As I am fairly new to Guiding, I had to complete the beginner learning modules. These included learning about the traditions involved in Guiding and planning out an event you would want to run for your girls.

Last day:

My cabin and I woke up at 5am to go and see the sunrise this morning. The disappointment was real when we realized that because of the mountain range around Queenstown, we wouldn’t be able to see the pretty colours of the sunrise!

Pretty much this day consisted of cleaning and sharing our highlights of the weekend. I would say that my highlight was being able to go down to the lake to walk some of the tracks.

If you’d like to become a Guide Leader yourself, click on the following link and let them know that you’re interested!

https://www.girlguidingnz.org.nz/join-us/leaders-volunteers

 

All the best to you all,

Tarryn Wilson

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WillowPark Kids Camp Auckland

This is the post excerpt.

First blog post! Wanted it to be something special!

From the 9th-13th of August 2017 I flew to Auckland to be a Kids Camp Leader at WillowPark! I remember applying and thinking that there would be no possible way that I would be given such an opportunity; But then I got the email back saying that they’d love to have me on board!

Day 1:

I was waiting at the airport, bare in mind this was my first ever flight. I remember thinking about all the negative outcomes that could happen and just multiplying the possibility of it happening by 100.  When I arrived in Auckland, I had to try and find the SkyBus which would take me into town, but luckily it was right outside the airport! I remember the people in Auckland were just so incredibly helpful in the way that they were willing to give up their own time to make sure I caught the right bus to the Camp’s location. So I get to camp and everyone has their cliques. There’s the boys who are really only there to find ‘the one’ and then there’s the ‘I have been to 12 camps so far, how about you?’ leaders. I met a girl with a sense of humor identical to mine, she was so sweet!

Day 2,3,4

I’ve decided to put these days together as they pretty much followed the same itinerary. We would wake up the campers send them off to an activity whilst the leaders got together and discussed how the day would flow. Then we’d come back have some typical camp breakfast (cold toast, ricies or corn flakes and fruit salad). After breakfast they’d be some activities for each colour group which would vary from indoor games to making pancakes on a gas cooker. As the day would come to an end, we’d bring everyone together and share some camp stories before officially heading off to bed.

Day 5 (Last day!)

So today I was meant to be so much better than what it actually was… I had planned to catch the Ferry into the city of Auckland to have a look around and do all the typical tourist things! I left early in the morning after worship and managed to get the ferry for FREE!! It was pretty insane. I thought that being in town from 11am-5pm wouldn’t be long enough, but I shortly realised is was way more than enough time!

I would have to say the highlight of my trip would be both making some pretty funny and blessed friends and of course also getting my ferry for free! However if I were to go again, I would definitely plan out the final day alot more so that I wasn’t left walking up and down Queen Street for 2 hours.

God bless you all,

Tarryn Wilson

 

P.S (If you are wanting to personally be a camp leader yourself, follow the link http://www.willowpk.org.nz/ to apply!!)

 

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