Orienteering NZ

14 -19.12.23

for School Years 9-13

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A training camp for orienteering youth with an emphasis on technique and growth, in a fun and friendly environment. You can expect a very energetic and interactive week at the ONZ Junior Camp.

Rangitahi / teenagers socialise as they accelerate their learning with a variety of navigational skills and experiences.

The sessions extend young orienteers’ abilities and introduce them to a range of terrain, building confidence. This year’s camps will be led by Tim Robertson and Emma Bjessmo.

Our camp base is by the sand dunes of Woodend just north of Christchurch. The undulating terrain in forests with undergrowth will be perfect conditions for orienteering with plenty of high-quality updated maps of various areas. We create a unique space for extending experiences with a bit of healthy competition. The idea is to lift and improve ways to achieve sports performance and help to establish new friendships.

There will be plenty of time for non-training activities in the surrounding area from swimming, excursions to interesting places, and beach visits.

What’s ON

• Eat, sleep, and breathe orienteering
• Compass work
• Map technique & activities
• Developing nav skills
• Route analysis & strategy
• Active sport fitness and wellbeing
• We work hard, forge friendships & have fun!


Woodend Christian Camp,
Woodend, North Canterbury


Peninsula and Plains Orienteers


Applicants must be secondary school students between Years 9 and 13 in 2023; belong to an ONZ affiliated club; and must be competing at red level or competent at orange level in regular competition.

Cost and invoicing

The cost for the Camp has been budgeted based on 100 paying participants attending for a week. Over the last three years the camp has been catered and volunteers have not been responsible for meals – this is the case again this year.  We are still confirming van hire but have estimates for most of the other key costs for the camp.  Until such time as we can confirm all costs, the final cost of the camp cannot be confirmed. As an indicator, the current cost per participant currently sits at approximately $630 – something we are working extremely hard to reduce. ONZ will share the final costs as soon as negotiations are concluded.

Participants will be invoiced after registrations are closed and clubs substantiate applicant information.  This is scheduled to happen by mid-October.  Camp fees will need to be paid by Tue 30 November.

The overall budget for the Junior Camp is in excess of $70,000. Orienteering New Zealand contributes approximately $10,000 towards the camp. Key costs for the camp include accommodation, food, transport, a koha towards travel costs for the volunteer coaches who come from around New Zealand to help with the camp, and a contribution to the host club to help cover expenses incurred from organising and running the camp.  

Although the camp is run by a group of experienced individuals, they are never-the-less all volunteers who allow us to keep costs considerably lower than would otherwise be the case.

Parent involvement

The Junior Camp can not take place without parent support. While ONZ works behind the scenes to ensure that the camp has great leadership and trained coaches, we do need the support of parents to ensure that we have effective supervision ratios. We are asking for expressions of interest from any parents interested in attending the camp. Because parent supervision is an essential element of safely running our camp, accommodation and food costs for parents are factored into the Camp budget.


  1. SUN 30 SEPT 2023: Entries close
  2. FRI 13 OCT 2023: Entries confirmed by clubs & applicant places offered
  3. FRI 27 OCT 2023: Due date for applicants to accept camp place
  4. WED 1 NOV 2023: Applicants invoiced and camp list published
  5. NOV 2023: Travel & consent forms processed
  6. THU 30 NOV 2023: Camp fees payment due
  7. THU 14 DEC 2023: Camp starts

Our people

Rachel Smith


Tim robertson


Emma Bjessmo


Camp photos


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