Each January 100 carefully selected participants are invited to attend either: Lord Somers Camp for young men, male identifying or non binary youth, or Lady Somers Camp for young women, female identifying or non binary youth.

Collectively known as Big Camp, these two weeks form the premier programs of LSC&PH, operating since 1929 to provide a mosaic of experiences that are exciting, full on and non-stop.

The aim of Big Camp is to challenge the perspectives that young people hold about themselves and others. Through introducing 100 young men and 100 young women to a broad range of peers, we help dismantle social barriers through an increased understanding and acceptance of diversity. Throughout the challenging week participants’ work together to compete as a team, push their boundaries and develop friendships. Leaving with a greater understanding of their own and others’ potential, participants gain new insights into how they can make a positive impact on their communities.

Click here to download our Big Camp information booklet.

Big Camp is an experience like no other – don’t believe us? Hear from previous participants of Big Camp & see what they have to say!

How can I choose the right person to nominate?

Big Camp is targeted at young people aged between 16.5 and 18 years of age at the program. Each camp runs for a week in January, Lord Somers Camp is for young men, male identifying or non binary youth, and Lady Somers Camp is for young women, female identifying or non binary youth. A key objective of Big Camp is to bring together participants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences together for a week to challenge their perspectives.

Each year we increasingly receive an overwhelming amount of applications for Big Camp. When referring young people to the application form we ask that you consider an individual who has:

  • Availability to attend the week in full
  • Motivation to be challenged both physically and mentally to have their perspectives changed
  • an open mind
  • The willingness to learn about themselves as an individual
  • Untapped leadership potential

What is the application process?

Nominations are open throughout Term 3. Nominators, (teachers, parents, friends, employers, etc), will be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will provide us with the necessary information in selecting the 100 groupers.

The infographic below lays out the steps of the nomination/application process.

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Big Camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a young person. The program has been running for over 90 years and has seen thousands of participants depart the campsite as more confident and connected individuals.

“[Lord Somers Camp] is a wonderful, supportive environment for young people to challenge themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of.” -Participant parent

The skilled leaders who run Big Camp create a safe space where participants are supported to go beyond their comfort zone and take on new experiences. The challenges embedded into the Big Camp program are carefully considered and are the result of years of experience in creating a big impact in a positive way.

Young people who attend Big Camp:

  • Have a more positive sense of self, and a capacity to mindfully take on future challenges.
  • Develop resilience and learn through meeting peers from different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Create close and long-lasting friendships.
  • Gain a meaningful sense of belonging to a larger community.
  • Have opportunities to return to future community programs and give back as a volunteer.
  • Become part of a network of individuals with unique and varied vocations and experiences.

Big Camp offers an experience you will not find anywhere else. Vanilla buzz words like rewarding or worthwhile are beyond an understatement.

In one week, alongside 99 other participants, you will tackle engaging activities you’ve never experienced, hear from inspirational speakers, learn loads about yourself and from those around you, and you will become an essential part of one of the closest-knit teams you will ever find. Oh, and did we mention it’s seriously fun?

Young people who attend Big Camp:

  • Create close and long-lasting friendships.
  • Build leadership skills and expand the way they think.
  • Develop more confidence, resilience, and a capacity to mindfully take on future challenges.
  • Gain a meaningful sense of belonging to a larger community.
  • Have fun. We might have mentioned this already.

 

Once you have someone to nominate you, you’re on your way! A teacher, coach, mentor or employer just needs to answer a few questions via our nomination survey and then we’ll send you an application questionnaire.

We want to hear from you, if you are:

  • Aged between 16.5 and 18 years of age (at the time of the program)
  • Available to attend the full week-long program
  • Willing to take on physical challenges
  • Open to being pushed outside your comfort zone
  • Ready to learn about yourself and others

Nominations and applications open at the start of Term 3 and close at the end of Term 3. All applications will be assessed on an individual basis bearing in mind the mix of applicants, for example, those from similar locations and schools. We strive to bring together a diverse range of participants, taking into consideration geographical location, school or industry, age and cultural background.

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What is the cost?

The cost of Big Camp is $576 for each participant.

This fee need not be a deterrent to nominating someone. Lord Somers Camp and Power House believes no one should be denied involvement in our programs due to financial disadvantage, especially with the effects of COVID still being felt by so many within the broader community. For this reason, payment plans, and sponsorship are available. Please contact the office for further information on these options.

The program objectives:

At Lord Somers Camp and Power House we take pride in the outcomes of our programs, you can read more about our core indicators and results in our Program Quality Framework.

  • Participants work as teams and in partnership with others to achieve goals.
  • Participants build self-esteem, leadership skills and interpersonal relationships across diverse groups.
  • Participants feel welcome to participate, regardless of culture, skill level, race, gender, sexuality or ability