About HM Rage
Every Queen's Birthday weekend for more than 30 years, Totara Springs hosts HM Rage (Her Majesty's Rage): an epic three-day Christian camp for high school aged youth in years 9 to 13 across the North Island.
Each year, HM Rage is chocka full of live music, awesome Christian speakers, competitions, seminars, an epic talent quest, and countless other fun activities.
We have 500+ youth and leaders attend each year. In fact, for the last few years in a row we have reached Totara Springs' maximum capacity, with people coming from Matamata, Hamilton, Auckland and beyond. Talk about being 'the place to be' over the long weekend!
If you're a parent, youth leader, or teenager and you want to know more about HM Rage, continue browsing our website or email us with additional questions. We'd love to hear from you.
HM Rage in 2020
Dates: Queen's Birthday Weekend, Friday 29 May – Monday 1 June.
Location: Totara Springs Christian Centre, Matamata
- $190 (whether student or adult)
Note: There is an extra cost of $30 for those with any special dietary requirement. You’ll be able to select this option in your rego form (see our registration page).
Theme: This year's theme is Dead or Alive, with a scriptural focus on Romans 6:11! It will be woven throughout camp: from the speaker, to the 'breakout' sessions, to the look-and-feel of set up. Get creative and start thinking about how your youth group might get into the Dead or Alive theme.
Registering for HM Rage
Registrations open soon
Registrations for HM Rage 2020 will open towards the end of March, and close on Friday 15th May. We have an entire webpage dedicated to telling you how to sign up for this year's camp. Head over to our registration page for all the information you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? See if we answer it for you below
What is HM Rage?
HM Rage is a Christian camp for teenagers (high schoolers in years 9 to 13). The camp has been run by a bunch of volunteers from around the North Island for more than 30 years. The aim is to provide a fun, energetic, social, and Christ-focused option for teenagers over Queen’s Birthday weekend.
I want to attend, or know someone who does. What must I do to register?
HM Rage takes registrations from youth groups only (rather than from individuals).
If you’re a teenager you must hook-in with a local youth group that attends HM Rage first and they will help you register. (We’ll try to put you in touch with the nearest group to you if we can – just contact us).
If you’re a youth group leader wanting to register your group, find out more on our registration page.
What does the programme typically look like?
The programme is a combination of compulsory organised activities and free time. Meals are all provided and set meal-times are woven into the programme (as-are duties to keep camp clean and tidy!).
- Compulsory organised activities include main sessions with a main speaker and worship; small group times after the main sessions; breakout sessions with different speakers communicating to smaller groups; Late Night Shows with plenty of fun and games; a sports competition between youth groups; and - often - an ever-popular banque or ball t on Sunday night. Daily leaders meetings also occur each morning and are compulsory for all leaders.
- Free time speaks for itself! During pockets of free time there's talent quest heats, a hot pool, movies, foam party, wide game and various other goings-on.
The programme varies slightly each year. We’ll provide a link to the 2020 programme closer to camp.
What does camp cost?
- $190 (whether student or adult)
Note about special diets: There is an extra $30 cost for those with any special dietary requirements. You’ll be able to select this option in your rego form.
Youth or parents, please talk to your / your child’s youth group leader if cost is a concern.
I’m coming along… what should I pack?
Take a look at our handy packing list!
What’s the drug and alcohol policy?
HM Rage has a zero-tolerance policy to drugs and alcohol. Parents of offenders will be contacted and are required to pick up their young person on the same day.
Where is HM Rage held?
At Totara Springs Christian Centre (TSCC), 288c Taihoa North Road, RD3 Matamata. Nestled at the foot of the Kaimai mountain ranges, TSCC is situated on 90 acres of park-like grounds and native bush with streams, walks and bush trails. It has a large indoor auditorium, dining space, multiple breakaway areas and plenty of cabins for sleeping. The experienced Totara Springs staff take care of HM Rage registrations, catering, and provision of some site equipment.
Where do attendees sleep?
TSCC has multiple cabins available for sleeping. However, with camp hitting maximum capacity over the last few years, we’ve had to sleep attendees in other warm indoor spaces around the site. Typically, the first youth groups to register are guaranteed the ‘best’ sleeping arrangements!
Can attendees come and go?
No. Once you’re at camp, you’re expected to stay there – for safety and security reasons. We also do not allow day visitors for the same reasons. Trust us though, once you arrive you’ll be sad to go home come Monday!
Is there a cap on the number of total camp attendees?
Due to space, unfortunately we do put a cap on the number of attendees! *Tear*. TSCC’s hosting capacity is 500 people and operates on a first-in-first served basis. Basically, the quicker a youth group is at registering, the better their chances are of not being turned away. (So do your best to be quick-off the mark when registration opens!)
This year (2020), the final registration cut-off date is Friday 15 May. However, if Totara Springs' capacity is exceeded prior to this date and a youth group has not yet registered, unfortunately we can’t guarantee that youth group will be able to attend. In this case, approval for youth groups to attend will be based on earliest registrations received.
Who’s responsible for ‘looking after’ attendees?
As mentioned above, each individual comes to camp as part of a youth group. Outside the activities HM Rage provides, youth group leaders are strictly responsible for the general wellbeing of camp attendees.
What about security and medical emergencies?
While we do take every precaution to keep the camp safe, sometimes people get sick or injured. Rest assured we have a team of experienced leaders, as well as registered nurses and doctors, on-site 24/7 to deal with any emergency.