Story: Camping

Port Waikato school camp, around 1960

Port Waikato school camp, around 1960

Treading carefully on the rope bridge at Port Waikato School Camp in the 1960s, these young people are enjoying a site first used for camping in 1928. In that year Edward Spargo, a local farmer and Port Waikato's harbourmaster, donated 51 acres (20.6 hectares, and later extended to 49 hectares) as a health camp for sick and underprivileged children. They marched to the tune of the camp call: 'Alligator mincemeat, crocodile stew, I-S-E-E-Y-O-U. Who's the best? Us, I guess. Port Waikato, yes, yes, yes!' In 1958, with the general health of the country's children improving, the site became an outdoor education centre.

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Mark Derby, 'Camping - School camps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39198/port-waikato-school-camp-around-1960 (accessed 13 August 2020)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013