Rise Up is an outdoor education programme for 10 to 12 year-olds, organised by New Zealand Red Cross in collaboration with New Zealand Police, New Zealand Army, and New Zealand Fire Service.

The programme is run as a camp over four days and is offered at no cost so that all participants have an equal opportunity to attend. For some children, this may be the first chance for them to attend an overnight camp.

The most recent Rise Up camp was held in January this year at Highland Home in Pohangina Valley. In attendance were 29 young people, 11 youth leaders, and 11 adult leaders.

During the camp, young people got to experience bush crafts, glow worms, caving, team-building and other activities designed to both challenge and support them.

Rise Up aims to boost student’s self-esteem and teach them a range of new skills, from problem-solving to working as a team.

The feedback from this year’s Rise Up camp has been very positive, with parents noting positive changes in their children.

“I have never seen her so happy,” said one parent. Another noted that their son was “holding his head higher, making better eye contact and talking more positively about himself.”

The next camp will run in the July school holidays. Rise Up is always looking for youth and adult leaders to attend these camps and support the children to be the best they can be.

For further information about Rise Up camps in Manawatu or about becoming a leader, please email: Stacey.Foskett@redcross.org.nz.