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First official school camp, Hūnua, 1938

First official school camp, Hūnua, 1938

This 1938 newspaper article reports on the first-ever nationally authorised school camp, held for senior boys from Auckland's Epsom Normal School at a YMCA camp at Hūnua, south of Auckland. The Auckland Star reported that the boys 'did all the cooking and assisted the cook; they studied chiefly Nature, art, practical arithmetic, music, physical education, swimming and life-saving, went on study rambles, produced plays, and ended each day with a singsong.' Their parents felt that such camps should become 'a permanent feature of normal school policy,' and the Education Department agreed.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Evening Post, 10 February 1938, p. 10

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Mark Derby, 'Camping - School camps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/39197/first-official-school-camp-hunua-1938 (accessed 22 June 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013