The Powerhouse Youth Leadership Foundation was started in 2003 to support the programs and outcomes of Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse. Power House Youth Leadership Foundation rely on generous donations to continue to ensure everyone is able to experience the spirit of Somers now and into the future. We’d love your support – please donate now!

PHYLF Kick Off Awards

The Power House Youth Leadership Foundation (PHYLF) offers up to six awards known as the Power House Youth Leadership Kick-off Awards. These awards aim to help aspiring members of LSC&PH build upon their dreams. This exciting opportunity enables the successful candidates to pursue their passions and interests by providing successful candidates with a cash award of $1,000-$1,800 to be applied towards their chosen area of interest.

Why Donate?

Lord Somers Camp and Power House (LSC&PH) has been providing opportunities for young people to develop their leadership skills for over 80 years. Many of our state’s leaders, in a multitude of careers, honed their leadership skills and aspirations at the camp at Somers on Westernport and our Power House facilities at Albert Park. Power House Youth Leadership Foundation provides funding to LSC&PH to support the continuing enhancement of the leadership development and community programs.

The Foundation’s aim is to ensure that cost is not a deterrent to participation in a leadership camp or community weekend for any young man or woman who has talent and aspirations and wants to develop their personal skills.

“I never thought I’d experience the opportunity to present my story and ideas to such a high calibre of people … Winning the Somers Fellowship has translated into three new qualifications as well as opportunities in the oil and gas industry, and for this I can’t thank the Foundation and judging panel enough.”

How to Donate

How we use your gift

When you give to the Power House Youth Leadership Foundation, your gift will be invested to produce a lasting legacy to support the leadership and community programmes and activities of the Lord Somers Camp and Power House.

How to give

There are many ways you can give to Power House Youth Leadership Foundation. These include by mail (cheque and credit card), online, by leaving a gift in your will or by establishing a gift in perpetuity as a named fund. You can also set up regular donations through direct debit.

By mail

Please download and complete our donation form and send to:

Power House Youth Leadership Foundation
34 Lakeside Drive

If you wish to donate via cheque, please make it payable to ‘Power House Youth Leadership Foundation’.

Through regular direct debits

You can also give at fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annual intervals by simply printing and filling out our regular giving form. (link to downloadable form)

Even better, by setting up a recurring donation, your generosity can have ongoing impact, at intervals convenient for you.

Leaving a gift in your will and giving in perpetuity

Remembering Power House Youth Leadership Foundation in your will is a powerful way to make a lasting impact and one which often has the power to do much more than gifts you may be able to make in your lifetime.

How your gift makes a difference

Giving has so many benefits, for donors as well as recipients. Here are just a few stories which demonstrate the power of philanthropy.

Big Camp Sponsorships


Each year the Lord and Lady Somers Camps aims to provide 100 boys and 100 girls, between the ages of 16 ½ and 18 years, with an unforgettable, week long, challenging experience at our beachside camp at Somers. This year, over 350 of the organisations’ volunteers attended the camp to ensure that the 200 young attendees had a unique, unforgettable and life changing experience.

” It was a great honour to be in part of the program. It gave me life lessons that I will never forget…thank you for supporting me in joining the camp. I am proud to say that the Big Camp was the ‘best week I’ve ever had so far’…I hope that the foundation would continue to support youths who want to be part of the Lord Somers community.

– 2015 Sponsorship Recipent 

Annual Donation

Annual Giving is all about creating a community of donors and supporters committed to enhancing opportunities for those participating in the programs and activities of Lord Somers Camp and Power House. Annual Giving is the most direct way to have a positive impact on the invaluable work of LSC&PH. Every gift, whatever its size is valuable and invested in our programs immediately.

First Year Staff Sponsorship

After participating in the Lord or Lady Somers Camps, many choose to come back the following year, volunteering their time as a staff members. We support first year staff who may not have the capactity financially to pay for camp fee’s, uniforms ect.

LSC & PH Program Support

Max camp support

MAX is a camp run by young people for young people aimed at building self-confidence, self respect, leadership and purpose. Participants are challenged to understand and believe in their own potential and that of others. The camp provides opportunities to reflect and learn tools to find direction in the participant’s personal, working and community life MAX is a week long program of personal development for young leaders under the age of 25. MAX challenges participants to articulate their passions and develop steps to achieve their personal and community development goals. This program encourages individuals to consider the impact their life will have on themselves, others and the community.

Power2Lead Support

A program that helps people take the next step, not just in their professional life but also their personal life. Power2Lead is a formal development and mentoring program that guides participants through attaining their professional goals and how they can also have a profound impact in the community.The program focuses on developing skills, confidence and leadership capacities of men and women through a series of innovative and practical activities. The program addresses both personal and business effectiveness and identifies areas for growth, giving participants the tools to benefit their professional and personal lives.

Somers Fellowship

The aim of the Somers Fellowship is to foster advancement opportunities for members of Lord Somers Camp and Power House. This exciting opportunity enables the successful candidate to further their knowledge or experience by providing a cash award of $10,000 to be applied towards an accredited training course for knowledge or experience or research.

This initiative is made possible by the Power House Youth Leadership Foundation.

Kick Off Awards

The Power House Youth Leadership Foundation was established in 2003 to ensure that every person could participate in the camps and activities of Lord Somers Camp and Power House in the future.

Commencing in 2014, the Power House Youth Leadership Awards, aim to help members of Lord Somers Camp and Power House to build upon their dreams. This exciting opportunity enables the successful candidates to pursue their passions and interests by providing successful candidates with a ‘Kick Off’ cash award to be applied towards their chosen area of interest.

Tulum Creek Society

The Tullum Creek Society is our way of thanking and acknowledging our supporters who have pledged to remember the Power House Youth Leadershp Foundation in their Will. This generous group of benefactors includes a growing number of like-minded alumni and friends who wish to strengthen Lord Somers Camp and Power House into the future.


The Foundation is separate from Lord Somers Camp and Power House and acts within the bounds of its own Constitution and under direction from its own independent Board of Directors. Giving is a very personal decision. How to give and who to support requires careful and informed decision-making. 

The Board 

Mike Newton
Mike was fortunate to be nominated to Big Camp in 1971 and had various leadership roles at the camp for several years after that. He currently is a member of the Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse Finance Committee and helps to encourage other likeminded organisations to enjoy the magic of using the Somers Camp. In 2003 Mike was a founding Board Member of the Power House Youth Leadership Foundation and became Chairman in 2013. Mike is an industrial chemist and after over 35 years of working for Unilever, ICI and Symex, he now consults and is a non-executive director of a health sector business


Simon Jones
Simon first attended Big Camp in 1997 and most recently held the role of Slushie Duke. He joined the Board of the Power House Youth Leadership Foundation in 2010.
After studying Commerce, Indonesian and Psychology at the University of Melbourne, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working with KPMG. He currently works in Finance across Range and Space and Innovation at Coles. He has always felt at home in the water, enjoying swimming, water polo and surfing and is currently training for an Ironman triathlon.


Beryl Gregory
Beryl Gregory OAM B Com Dip Ed is the former Deputy Headmistress of Camberwell Girls’ Grammar, Headmistress of Christ Church Grammar School, and also a former teacher at MLC and Wesley. She has previously served on the board of Lifeworks (an Anglican counselling agency) and is currently an Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Melbourne and a member of Melbourne Grammar School Council.
Beryl is married to Alan Gregory and has three adult children.


Derek Skues
Derek first attended Lord Somers Camp 1963 and has held several positions within the Association, including Slushie Duke, Group Leader and President and Camp Chief. He was appointed as a director of the Power House Youth Leadership Foundation in 2007.
Derek worked as an architect, project manager and management consultant before retiring in 2010. He is a former director of City West Water, and is currently a director of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Chairman of the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club Foundation. Derek is married to Deb and has two adult children.


John Davies
John joined Power House Rugby Club in 1965 and first attended Lord Somers Camp in 1992. John was Group Leader of Light Blue group for three years and was elected as Camp Chief in 2000. John was a founding member of the Power House Youth Leadership Foundation and has since served as a Director with responsibility for the Investment strategy. John is a migrant to Australia from England in 1965 and is married to Marienne with two sons and eight grandchildren. In his working life, John has held in various roles dealing with investments for over 45 years.  John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for services to Youth through a range of organisations.


Peter Johnstone AM
Peter first attended Lord Somers Camp in 1957 and has been involved in some capacity ever since. He was Camp Chief and President for 10 years and President of the Foundation during its formative years.
A blacksmith by vocation he founded, as a direct result of his experiences at Somers, an engineering manufacturing business in which he still works as a Director. Peter is married to Judy who he met at Power House they have three children and seven grandchildren. A keen Rotarian he has been involved in many youth orientated organisations and has been recognised in the order of Australia for his work especially with disadvantaged youth.


Rebecca Yong
Rebecca first became involved with Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse in 2007 when invited by a friend to participate in a Community Camp. Rebecca is a former committee member of Camp Diversity and Camp Leader of Max, programs run by Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse for intellectually challenged young people, and the personal development of young members respectively. In 2013, Rebecca was appointed as the Secretary of the Powerhouse Youth Leadership Foundation. Rebecca works for a boutique management consulting company specialising in organisational effectiveness.
Power House Youth Leadership Limited.
ACN: 114 830 465.
ABN: 83 885 870 733.
Postal Address: 34 Lakeside Drive, Albert Park, Victoria, 3206.
Telephone: (03) 9510 7066
Facsimile: (03) 9529 7352
Email Us: [email protected]