Lady Somers Sees Guiders and Guides at Seaside Camps
Guiders at the campcraft training camp at Frankston, and guides who are in camp at Mornington, met their State Commissioner (Lady Somers) on Saturday afternoon.
With the State Secretary (Miss Sybil Irving) Lady Somers motored down to Mornington, where guides from the combines Gippsland companies are spending a week on Mr. Francis Syme’s property, Sunnyside, and visited the training camp on MRS. Masterson’s property, Hendra, Mt. Eliza, on her way back home.
She spent an hour at Sunnydale, where 54 girls from all parts of Gippsland are in camp. Miss Purnell, who is district commissioner, for District One, Geelong, and a camp adviser, is their commandant.
The guides arrived on Friday and the evening was spend getting into camp routine. Only one of the guides has been in camp before.
They come from Wonthaggi (which is represented by three guides), Bennison (three), Drouin (six), Traralgon (seven), Moe (four), Yallourn (five), Orbost (three), Korrumburra (five), Stratford (six), Poowong (two) and Foster (two). Miss Elaine Moran is the quartermaster. Miss Hutchings (Melbourne) and Mrs. Dann (Yallourn) look after the canteen, and Sister Armstrong (Geelong) is the camp’s trained nurse.
Swimming will be supervised by Miss Walter (Geelong), who is a trained life saver.
So far there has been no swimming. On Saturday afternoon, when the wind was still high, the guides went for a long walk around the beach, which lies at the bottom of the cliffs on which their camp is pitched.
Yesterday morning the attended church service at Mornington.
Four Patrols Formed
In the early part of the morning, from reveille at 6.15 a.m. to about 10 a.m. the guides were busy with orderly work. Four patrols have been formed, and each patrol is responsible for the cooking, mess, water and wood supply, and general cleaning up.
Through Mr. Syme, the camp has regular supplies of fruit and ice cream, and he has also given trophies for sports day.
Tomorrow afternoon the Rev. George Cox will take the guides for a ramble round the beach, an on Wednesday they will practise first aid work with some of St. John’s Ambulance workers from Mornington.
Training Week at Mr. Eliza
Guides campcraft training week began at Mt. Eliza on Saturday, when Lady Somers visited them. Miss Bush is camp commandant.
Nine of the 32 guides in camp are going up for their camper’s licence, which will entitle them to take away their own companies for camps. They formed an advance party, and will spend a few days longer at the camp than the others.
On Sunday some of the Frankston people sent their cars to take the guiders to church,
The guiders will spend this week in camp craft sessions and practical work.
They come from Ballarat, Camperdown, Geelong, Horsham, Kerang, Orbost, Drouin, Derrinallum, Mordialloc, Frankston, Stanhope, Upper Beaconsfield, South Yarra, Toorak, Mont Albert, Camberwell, St. Kilda, Malvern and Prahran.