Who we are..
Lord Somers Camp and Power House is a small organisation with a big vision – to create a stronger, more inclusive society through service to others. Our services include many camps, programs and activities held in inner and outer Melbourne and Somers campsite in Victoria.
Since 1929, we have been the quiet achiever of the not for profit sector. We have thousands of stories to tell you about the social impact of our programs. Making a difference to the lives of thousands of people from all walks of life, ages and cultures makes us proud.
We’re governed by an experienced board, managed by a small and dynamic team and supported by a network of 1,400 members and volunteers. The philanthropic support from trusts and foundations and partnerships with organisations is crucial to running many of our community-based programs.
Camps, Programs and Activities
Our programs create fun, friendship, care, acceptance and belonging – it’s our DNA. They also achieve significant social impact, leadership capabilities, empowerment, engagement, well-being and personal and community development.
The courses are categorised into:
- Youth development
- Community development
- Life-long learning
- Positive ageing
The whole person is recognised, making our programs life-changing. We integrate their physical, social emotional, spiritual and mental dimensions through a range of activities. They’re also underpinned by a proven quality framework based on design, implementation and evaluation.
This year, 1,500 people from 15 to 80 years attended over 40 camps and programs in Victoria.
Participants Felt Welcomed
Volunteers increased their leadership capacity
Volunteers felt they contributed value to the community
Volunteers increased awareness about challenges facing participants
Program facilitators and venues
Dedicated program leaders facilitate our programs. They’re selected for their experience, leadership and mentoring abilities. They undergo screening and training to qualify as facilitators. Graduates of our programs are also mentored to become program leaders.
Courses are run at various locations in Victoria. These include the historical Lord Somers Camp on Western Port Bay (one hour from Melbourne) and the Power House at Albert Park.
Meet Some Of Our Volunteers
Meet a Member – Charlie Bowes
We caught up with Charlie, who has been a beloved part of the Somers community since his Somers debut as a Light Blue grouper. How do you apply what you…
Meet a Team – MAX
We caught up with the legends running the LSC&PH MAX program at Somers this week. MAX is a little program with A LOT of heart. The invariably great feedback from…
Meet a Member – Cath Spurritt
We had a delightful chat with Cath, who has been a part of the Somers community since her Green Grouper days. How has LSC&PH shaped you as a leader? I…
Meet a Member – James Holland
Our Meet a Member champions, Bec and Mason, caught up with James Holland who initially became involved as a Dark Blue Grouper at the 2014 Lord Somers Camp. How has…
Meet a Member – Shen Li
Our Meet a Member champions, Bec and Mason, caught up with Shen Li who first attended Lord Somers Camp in 2001 as a Red Grouper. Can you start by telling…
We meet the lovely, luminous, lionhearted, Laura.
Today we meet the lovely, luminous, lionhearted, Laura. Laura began her powerhouse journey as Green Grouper in 2008. She has come a long way since then, debuting as Camp Leader…
Today we meet the ever fun and rambunctious Jacob.
Jacob was a Dark Blue grouper in 2011 and counts himself lucky to have been originally nominated at all for the program – “my Senior School Co-ordinator didn’t know anything…
The best of, Bubbling and Beloved Bayley!
So to celebrate we bring you the Best of, Bubbling and Beloved Bayley! In the real world Bayley lives the dream working at Kmart, running kids birthday parties & can…