FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Got some questions about camp? We’ve tried to answer some of the most commonly asked questions below. If you have any other questions about your group at camp, please talk to your youth leader.
Qs FROM CAMPERS
Northern Easter Camp runs from 4pm Thursday 6th April 2023 to 2pm Monday 10 April 2023 - it is held at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Ohaupo Rd, Hamilton.
Not really. All campers must stay on site at all times unless they have an approved Gate Pass allowing them to either arrive late or leave during camp. This pass must be approved before camp by your youth leader. You can request a Gate Pass here.
Here's a few things for a start -> Your ticket with QR code, warm clothes, sports gear, old clothes, bedding, party props, toiletries, towel, bible, notebook, phone with Covid Tracer app installed, hand sanitiser, face mask and drink bottle to fill at water taps around site. Do you know what though? Your leader has a full and specific list for your group, so do ask them about it too.
All campers sleep with the youth community they registered with. Each group is assigned a camping plot and organises their own sleeping arrangements from girls tents, guys tents, communal meeting tents and more. Chat to your youth leader for details about how their site works.
The Easter Camp programme is a wild ride that will change your life... but if you want the sensible answer, then a day generally includes a combo of structure and free-flow activities. There are morning and evening gatherings in the pavilion (bands, music, wide games involving 4000 people!) as well as sports, recreation, blow ups, workshops, dance parties and more. You will also hang out with your group a lot - so hope you like them ;)
If you are sick in any way, please do not come to camp. You are putting your whole
group at risk, not to mention possibly spreading germs to the wider camp. If you are
showing symptoms similar to Covid-19 in the week
before camp, please get a negative Covid test result before attending.
Qs FROM PARENTS
Easter Camp is for high-school- aged campers (typically 13-18 year olds), youth leaders, workers and camp parents in the Auckland, Waikato, BOP, Northland and Upper North Island region. If you are not part of a local youth community, contact us and we will connect you with one. If you are not from the Upper North Island, check out Central Easter Camp and Southern Easter Camp.
Yes - though we sell individual tickets, you must join a youth community as part of your registration. This is to ensure no young person does camp alone. We want all campers to be part of community and looked after by people who know and care for them.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided by the amazing EC kitchen team. There are also gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options available. Please identify your dietary requirements on your registration form. You might also want to bring snacks or some cash for the stalls in the village.
We understand that a tickets for a 5-day camp can be out of reach for some families. Please have a chat to your youth leader to see if they have options available for subsidising your ticket costs.
The majority of tickets are Camper tickets. However, if you are attending camp as a group leader or parent helper, you will buy a Leader ticket. If you are attending camp as a worker, you will buy a Worker ticket. Child tickets are for children of leaders or camp parents to attend camp. And if you have more than one child coming as a Camper, then you can buy Family tickets. For more info, see the ticketing page.
Neither the order confirmation email (from your ticket purchase) and the registration approval email (from your youth leader) suffice as your ticket to camp. Tickets have QR codes on them and will be sent in bulk after each cutoff period. If you haven't received yours within 10 working days after the cut-off period, please email email@example.com
We are continuously watching the landscape and procedures when it comes to Covid-19. Northern Easter Camp will be adhering to Government guidelines when it comes to hosting large gatherings, scanning, health, safety and the use of vaccination passports, as your child's safety is our number one priority. We will await to hear from the Government further details regarding large-scale gatherings as they evolve and we will communicate these regulations closer to the time of camp.
We have a very high leader to young person ratio at camp, with about 600 leaders and parent helpers looking after their youth groups for the duration of camp. The very reason a camper must join a youth community is so that no child is left out, unknown or uncared for.
Easter Camp itself has a crew of 3-400 adults including a Medical team and a 24-hour Site Safe team that includes off-duty police officers. All leaders, workers and crew aged 18 or over are expected to be police-vetted as part of their appointment.
Gates are monitored and, in the interests of the safety of minors (who comprise the majority of camp), we do not allow visitors to freely come and go. Anyone needed to access the gates during camp need a special, pre-approved pass to do so.
We also have policies and procedures in place in case of any unexpected issues in relation to drugs, alcohol or behaviour.
To prevent and minimise injury, all setup, programming and activity-based tasks undergo Risk Management Assessments and are OSH compliant.
Easter Camp has been going for 100 years - it was originally birthed out of Baptist Youth Ministries, though the camp now includes youth from a diverse range of faith backgrounds and Christian denominations. Northern Easter Camp itself is a charitable entity that sits under the Baptist Union of NZ.