Camp Activities

Our activities have been develped to promote inclusion and environmental conciousness. Being nestled in the bush on a secluded beach allows for exploration of our pristine coastline on the Mornington Peninsula. Each activity group is allocated a dedicated LSC staff member that helps personalise the experience of each participant.

Please let us know the learning objectives of your camp and we’ll gladly tailor your program to meet the needs of your group!

Aquatic

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding

This a relatively new, trendy sport that involves standing up on a large surfboard and propelling it forward using a one-bladed paddle. The conditions on the bay at Lord Somers are perfect for learning this sport which requires balance, coordination, perseverance and lots of laughs. Students are given the opportunity to paddleboard with a partner and if capable, individually.

Students will be taught to paddle their boards using the correct technique but will have to employ team work to successfully steer the board. Communication and co-operation will underpin this activity and without it the students will not be able to properly reach some of the aims of the lesson.

Kayaking

Kayaking

Students of all ages get a buzz out of kayaking. In teams of two, it takes coordination and communication to paddle 2km along Merricks Creek to Balnarring Beach. Students will explore the diversity of the region by themselves and with help from team leaders as they grasp the basic skills of kayaking. There is so much to learn about the tidal ecosystem of our estuary, and our passionate staff just love educating their students in caring for our environment as they paddle. Participation in this activity will promote teamwork, appreciation and enjoyment for the environment they are paddling in and the skills they are learning.This activity can be linked with camping.

Surfing

Surfing

Learn to surf in the small, gentle waves at Somers Beach. Participants will enjoy this opportunity of an introductory surfing experience. This is a progressive lesson where participants will be taught the correct techniques of this popular sport. Good listening skills and co-operation will underpin this activity.

Raft Building

Raft Building

Using barrels, ropes and wooden planks, groups are challenged to build a raft that floats in Merricks Creek and is manoeuvrable. This activity is a great test of team work and communication. Students are to work in groups in an attempt to completely build a floating raft, one capable of being paddled in the ocean. There is a limited amount of time and attempts to correctly assemble their vessel, before it is raced against their competitors.

Teamwork and critical thinking are of the utmost importance in this task and those that have worked together as a group are more likely to succeed. Questions can be asked to the leaders; however, there is a maximum of four questions that can be asked at any one time.

Land Based

Coolart Walk

Coolart Walk

The neighbouring property to Lord Somers Camp is the Parks Victoria Coolart Wetlands and Homestead Researve. During a trip to Coolart you can explore the 1907 Victorian mansion, pristine gardens, dynamic wetlands, bird sanctuary, and woodlands.

With walks to suit every age level, your guide will explain the visual examples of our coastal and bush land environments as you make your way through woodlands, wetlands and along coastal tracks. This practical experience will help students understand the importance of our coastal environments and become aware of the dangers of human interference.

Initiative Games

Initiative Games

The aim of these activities is to get students to think outside the usual line of thought, to critically analyse a situation and apply a practical solution. A heavy emphasis will be on working as a group to complete each task, as the perspectives of every individual will eventually lead to success quicker than that of one individual.

Photo Find

Photo Find

This is a fun way to explore camp. Cryptic clues set the challenge to find the location of the photographed site. An activity sheet is provided for the “Photo Finder” in order to document the locations. An answer sheet provided.

Pizza Making

Pizza Making

Our outdoor wood fired pizza oven is great fun for budding chefs. A variety of basic recipes will have students learning the art of cookery and the importance of food safety.

Screen Printing

Screen Printing

This is the perfect class for an introduction to the screen printing process. Participants will learn how to make a stencil and get lots of hands-on screen printing practice. We have many ideas for your T-shirts and participants have a lot of fun in the process.

Marine Discovery

Marine Discovery

This activity explores the shoreline and rock pools of Westernport. The students will enjoy abundant marine life while learning how to safely navigate our rock pools, and have a minimum impact on this amazing habitat.

On this 5km coastal walk along the foreshore to Balnarring Beach cliffs, students can explore tidal rock pools while learning about marine life, geology, bird life and Aboriginal history.

Beach Games

Beach Games

Everyone loves being on the beach but sometimes you need ideas for keeping participants entertained above and beyond swimming. Here we provide some inspiration with our fun program and information sheets.

Full Group

Beach Olympics

Beach Olympics

Activity groups will go head-to-head in a series of challenges on the Somers waterfront. Each team will come up with cheers and chats to inspire their peers as they compete against other members of the larger group. This activity serves as a great way to conclude a camp, as it allows participants to demonstrate their support for one another and leaves them with a heightened sense of euphoria.

Quest

Quest

Held on the centre lawn at the heart of Lord Somers Camp, activity groups will go head-to-head in a series of challenges they’ve likely never seen before. These challenges come in a combination of individual and team objectives that are sure to bring out the competitive spirit in all of us. This activity serves as a great way to conclude a camp, as it allows participants to demonstrate their support for one another all while having a bit of light-hearted fun.

Night Activities

Night Walk

Night Walk

With only the moon and stars to light our way, we venture into the darkness on our night tour. The bush comes alive at night and if we are quiet we will experience the abundance of nocturnal animals. Participation in this activity will promote teamwork and encourage peer-to-peer cooperation, communication and interest in our environment at night.

Disco

Disco

Prepare to get your boogie on as we transform our Mess Hut into a disco wonderland. Participants can follow along with projected dance animations or show us some freestyle under flashing lights. Fun for all ages as long as you’re prepared to make a fool of yourself!

Trivia

Trivia

A fun engaging trivia evening – flexible on timing and content to meet the needs of the students and their bedtime!