Wakatipu High School pupil Baxter Thomas (right) has been chosen attend a youth summer camp in North Carolina, a positive experience vouched by Wakatipu Youth Trust worker Rhys Smith who returns as a camp counsellor this year. Photo by James Beech.
A Queenstown youth is aiming to raise $4500 to attend a
summer camp in the United States.
Wakatipu High School pupil Baxter Thomas (13) has been
selected by the Wakatipu Youth Trust to receive a $6000
scholarship to attend Camp Carolina.
Baxter will participate in activities at the adventure and
sports camp in Brevard, North Carolina for four weeks from
the end of June.
Boys are taught to appreciate the simplicity of life, human
relations, nature, self reliance, respect, and the thrill of
''A special effort is made to send every boy back home
stronger in body, keener in mind, more appreciative of
nature, nobler in character and more confident in
themselves,'' the camp philosophy states.
Baxter, who has been on family holidays to Colorado and Utah
previously, said on Friday: ''I'm looking forward to making
new friends and sharing things about New Zealanders.''
''I'm interested in learning some good life skills, like
''It feels pretty good to be the first of something and it's
massive for New Zealand.
''It would be lovely to see it continue.''
Wakatipu Youth Trust worker Rhys Smith had first-hand
experience at Camp Carolina, having there worked as a camp
counsellor for 10 weeks in 2013.
He will work at the camp again when Baxter attends this year.
To help meet the shortfall in expenses, including flights and
insurance, the trust has organised a one-day fundraising sale
of clothes for both genders and all ages in the Youth Booth
on April 5 from noon to 2pm.
Patrons buy a plastic bag for $5 and can fill it with as many
clothes as they like. More bags can be bought for $5 each.
Training facility Fight Science Queenstown has pledged $300
towards the Camp Carolina initiative.
A barbecue at the Youth Booth is being considered for late
April and trustees plan to auction winter-oriented packages
of accommodation and activities.
Mr Smith said trustees ''are hoping to gain a sponsor in the
community to help us in providing this opportunity for a male
and female youth, as Camp Carolina has a sister camp which
the trust are hoping to connect with and get on board for the
''We are looking to develop a scholarship application process
where youth are able to apply and it will incorporate some of
our other programmes we run, such as leadership,'' Mr Smith
• Anyone interested in supporting the Wakatipu Youth Trust
can contact Mr Smith at:firstname.lastname@example.org