Story: Youth organisations

Dawn bath (2nd of 2)

Dawn bath

YMCA members wash themselves in a stream in the Hūnua Ranges. They rose at 6 a.m. to enjoy a cold-water bath. Such spartan activities in outdoor settings were seen as character-building. The YMCA developed campsites where members could stay overnight and take part in outdoor activities.

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Helen Dollery, 'Youth organisations - Christian youth organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Helen Dollery, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 31 Jan 2019