Camp Survivor

The place to be in the school holidays.

Camp Survivor has been running for nearly 20 years now and is well known in our community as the place to be in the school holidays. Run by a team of 100+ volunteers, once a year, every year, we run the coolest camps around for Years 5-8! We're all about fun, friends and making memories.

Spots are limited. However, making camp affordable and accessible to all families in the Hutt Valley is important to us and we are always working to maximise the amount of spots we can offer to young people to come along to camp. We are excited to continue into the years to come, and create more unforgettable moments for the families in our amazing community.

Camp Survivor 2023 - coming soon!

Camp Survivor 2021 was a fantastic time with new friendships and great memories made. 2022 turned out to not be a goer but we’re planning to be back in April 2023 better than ever!  Check back here in February 2023 for the details.

Why we run Camp Survivor...

#1

To give each child who attends an unforgettable week and provides them with opportunities they might not otherwise have. Each day of camp is all about fun, adventure and friends. They are intentionally designed to provide an unforgettable experience for each child through various activities, challenges, games and new friendships. We want every child when they leave to be excited and encouraged. 

#2

To give young people a practical training ground to help them become leaders worth following.
Camp Survivor is also a key part of our Youth Leadership Pipeline.   Running alongside our weekly youth programmes we want to provide a training ground for young aspiring leaders. With various levels of leadership training, workshops and practical experiences each young person is given every opportunity to learn and develop their leadership skills. With ongoing coaching and feedback, prior to and after the camps we are dedicated to training and developing great leaders who can make a difference and contribute to their communities and schools. We don’t just aim to help young people become leaders, but leaders worth following. 

#3

As a tangible expression of our Christian faith, we want to do something well beyond ourselves that makes an impact in our community.
As a church, LifeSwitch, underwrites the entire cost of each Camp Survivor totalling around $40,000. This allows the camp to be offered to the children and families at no cost, possible only because of the generosity of the people of LifeSwitch and our sponsors. As places are limited we are not able to guarantee a place to everyone so families are asked to register their interest. Rather than operate on a ‘first in first served’ basis, places are allocated by selection so that a fair cross-section of the local community gets to experience Camp.

Camp FAQs

From how we select who gets a placement, to accommodation, to volunteer vetting, this list should cover all the questions you may have about Camp Survivor plus a whole lot more! 

Youth Leadership Pipeline

Our heartbeat isn’t to simply run camps. It is to develop great young leaders who are worth following. Camp Survivor is simply a great tool we have to introduce young people to the pipeline and an incredible practical opportunity for them to develop in their leadership. This overview explains the wider Leadership Pipeline and how we intentionally develop young people to become leaders worth following.