History Of Somers School Camp

History Of Somers School Camp History Of Somers School Camp History Of Somers School Camp

History Of Somers School Camp
The Somers School Camp site has not always been used for children's camps. The original camp buildings were erected in 1940 on land purchased under the National Securities Act to be used as an Initial Training Centre. Many Victorian airmen passed through the camp during the war years.

After the war in 1947, the camp was bought by a private group who made extensive alterations and for some time ran it as a private holiday resort "Feature Holidays". History Of Somers School Camp

The Commonwealth Government reacquired the area to cope with the growing influx of migrants. The camp became a 'holding' centre for migrants during their adjustment period before entering the work force and obtaining accommodation of their own.

When no longer needed for this purpose, the camp was purchased by the Education Department and altered by the Public Works Department to the requirements of a school camp.

History Of Somers School Camp

The camp opened in September 1959 with the entry of 100 boys from the St. Kilda Inspectorate. The official opening on the 27th of November, 1959 was carried out by the then Governor of Victoria, His Excellency, Sir Dallas Brooks.

History Of Somers School Camp The camps alternated boys camps with girls until in August 1976 when four new dormitory blocks (replacing all the sleeping huts) were used for the first time. This enabled the camps to become coeducational with 80 girls and 80 boys attending at the same time.


In the following years the camp has continued to be upgraded with additions such as an exciting Environmental Studies / Art Complex, an Indoor Rock Climbing facility and a range of high quality outdoor adventure activities.



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