By ensuring the continuity of the Branches Camp the Trust fulfils its primary objective in promoting, fostering and supporting the development of young men and women in the Wakatipu community.
The Branches Trust continues to fundraise to accumulate finances, with the hope one day of become self perpetuating, ensuring that the financial support needed for the camp is always there.
Vanessa Van Uden
As a founding Trustee of the Branches Charitable trust Vanessa has been instrumental in getting this group of like-minded people together to work on a cause that she is very passionate about. Having two teenage daughters who have both been through the Camp and watched the development and growth in Leadership Skills amongst their peers she is committed to ensuring that this camp is sustainable for a good many years to come.
Louise Ward I have lived in Queenstown for 27 years and feel very priviledged to be part of this community. Mark and I have owned a business here for over 20 years and raised 3 daughters in the Wakatipu. I joined Branches Trust as I witnessed my own children’s expenses of Branches Camp and how valuable this out of class learning was for all children to be able to attend. I also enjoy the outdoors and I am passionate about this Rite Of Passage continuing and hence my reason for joining the Trust.
Alison WalkerI have lived in Queenstown for 20 years having arrived with my husband Chris on a working holiday as so many others before had. I've been a teacher at Queenstown Primary School for most of that time apart from a two-year stint back in the UK for our extended families to get to know our two children. The Branches camp has been spoken about by so many families and children throughout this time, that I knew it was important to become involved in some way.
Gayleen Bennett-Neilson (Bennie)
Christian SummerfieldI joined the Branches Trust mid 2019. As my oldest of my three children will be going into Branches in 2020, I feel privileged to be part of something as special as what the Branches offers. I have lived and worked here since 2002 and am proud to call the Wakatipu my home.
Sally MingayeSteve and I have lived in Queenstown on and off for the past 30 years and have been involved in a variety of Outdoor Operations such as Rafting, Ski Instructing and the Outward Bound School during that time. To support my 3 boys, I have taken an active role in their education and clocked up 15 years as a Primary School Board of Trustee member and seen, first-hand, the benefits to young people of education outside the classroom.
My personal experiences have led to a strong belief in the lifelong benefits of the Outdoors as a learning environment for young people. I am committed to the Branches Camp Trust philosophy. To supporting and helping facilitate the opportunity for all Wakatipu High School Year 10 students to develop life skills such as Responsibility; Resilience; Respect and Inclusion through time in this unique environment that we call home.The Branches Camp Trust aims to keep the cost per student at an affordable level, through annual fundraising events, to allow every student to participate in this amazing 12-day Camp at Branches Station.