Set Up &Take down
Set Up Day
Dance Camp set-up day is Friday. This is a big day when Kaiãwhina and other set-up crew help from 9am to get Camp ready by 5pm. Breakfast is at 8am, and there is a meeting at 9am for everyone present, to allocate jobs for set-up day and the Kaiãwhina tasks.
This day the Kaiãwhina team turns retreat centre into the magical and beautiful place where people feel warmly welcomed. Children's Craft Area, Youth Area, Tent for the intruments, Dancing Marque - all have to be put up. The marquee and the main hall are decorated and the space is prepared for the welcoming.
Kaiãwhina are expected to arrive on Thursday (the day before Camp) by 2pm. Some Kaiãwhina are asked to arrive in the morning, to help to put up the marquee by the afternoon. In the evening, the whole Kaiãwhina team has a meal together and gathers for a sharing circle and an evening of dances.
Please note - only those actively giving their time to the set up crew are invited on site, prior to Friday, 3pm.
Take Down Day
The last day of Camp is a big clean-up day. Children and Youth Area tents, marquee, tea station, cafe... all are taken down, the hall, kitchen, dining area, toilets and showers are cleaned. All the Dance Camp equipment is driven to the storage place. Kaiãwhina are expected to stay and help with clean-up that usually finishes around 5pm.