The Foxton Beach Boys Brigade Camp is operated by the Manawatu Battalion of The Boys' Brigade in New Zealand Inc. The operation and maintenance of the camp relies on the hirage of the camp to Brigade and other camp users, and the voluntary efforts of the boys, parents and leaders of local BB groups. The Boys' Brigade owns the buildings but the land is leased from the Horowhenua District Council.
History of The Boys' Brigade Camp at Foxton Beach.
The Campsite was first used by The Boys’ Brigade in 1942, simply “a place in the sandhills to camp”. The property was leased to The Boys’ Brigade , Manawatu Battalion (district) in about 1945, by the (then) Foxton Harbour Board.
The Hall was put up in 1947 by voluntary labour. Improvements such as back rooms, kitchen, etc were added during the 1950’s.
The kitchen has been progressively upgraded over the years since the 1960’s.
In 1974 the toilet/ablution block behind the Hall was built, replacing the old block that was at the end of the field
In the early 1980’s a large fundraising effort was made which enabled us to build the Philip Shaw Memorial Building (“the Bunkhouse”). This was designed in consultation with the (then) Wanganui Education Board so as to be suitable for use by schools and other community groups. Such groups have continued to make extensive use of the Campsite since that time, along with our own (Boys’ Brigade) use.
The Campsite continues to be used, maintained and upgraded by the local Boys’ Brigade Companies which form the Manawatu Battalion, still mainly by voluntary work, usually at working bees; and bearing in mind that most of our members are children!
The Boys’ Brigade is a national (and international) organisation and the Campsite is used by people from other parts of the country too, but responsibility for it is ours locally.
Many teenagers in Boys’ Brigade gain many different life skills during their time at the Campsite (our members typically stay in Boys Brigade for a number of years, particularly in ages 9 to 16). Camping has a very important part in developing these, somewhat unusually these days, but commented on very favourably by many parents and Community leaders.
For information about Boys' Brigade companies in Palmerston North and Feilding use the details on the Contacts page, or refer to www.bb.org.nz