Arriving at Somers School Camp in the 1960's

April 22, 2015

Somers Camp in the 1960's was quite different from the camp we know today. The girls arriving in this photo would have been attending an all girls camp and all the teachers from their schools would have been women as well! All campers would have caught a train from their region and would have been picked up from Southern Cross Station (previously named Spencer Street Station) by buses which would take them to the camp on the Mornington Peninsula. The camp was ten days long and many of the activities were quite different. The curriculum included physical education, nature studies, boating and also domestic science, an activity where the girls would learn to set a table properly! Although the activities may have been different the aims of making friends, being challenged and learning about the environment remain the same today.

 

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