Camps Part 2

This period was followed by one in which camps were held at many different places, including Point Walter, Palm Beach, Point Peron, Coogee Beach, Bickley, Pemberton, Woodman Point, Yanchep and the old York Hospital. There were many special camp programmes with visiting speakers from within the church.

In 1968 – a year in which Korea was being studied as the GFS World Project – it was a highlight of the camp at Point Peron when Bishop John Daly of Korea and the Reverend Cyril Manuel, who was the Secretary of the Anglican Missionary Council at the time, visited the camp and Bishop John spoke to the girls about Korea and taught them his special song.

Over the years the programmes at the camps have broadened and an ever widening area of activities has been opened up. Now there is always a special theme for the camps and this is carried through the study sessions and other parts of the programme. Activities include canoeing, archery, hiking, swimming, singing, drama, liturgical dance, crafts of all kinds, concerts, bush dancing, orienteering, films and other interesting and challenging programmes.

An example of how a theme is used was the ‘Dreamtime Camp’ in May 1987, which was centred around dreams in the bible, our own dreams and the dreamtime of the Aboriginals.  The importance that dreams can have in our lives was stressed. There were Aboriginal crafts such as drums, shakers, clicking sticks and painting, as well as bush dancing, a nature trail, nature weaving and a corroboree.

Some branch leaders have special skills and enthusiasm for camping and have taken their girls on many branch camps as well as Diocesan ones. Amongst these have been St Aidan’s Scarborough under the leadership of Miss Hilary Skitch, who organised camps in many far flung places, including Rottnest Island, Geographe Bay (out of Busselton), York, Stoneville, Point Walter and Lancelin.

Kenwick was another branch that was involved in a lot of camping with their leader, Miss Jan McNamara, and others. Some of their venues have been Watermans Bay, North Beach, Point Peron, Rottnest Island and Bickley.

Camping has proved itself as a vital activity in deepening the spiritual lives of the girls, developing new friendships, learning new skills, showing leadership potential as well as ‘just having a great time at camp!’