Each January 200 carefully selected participants are invited to attend either Lord Somers Camp for young men and Lady Somers Camp for young women (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.

How can I choose the right student?

Big Camp is targeted at young men and women who are between 16.5 and 18 years of age when at camp. 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?

The onus is on the young person to apply for the program, if you know a person who is ready to apply you can invite them by directing them to the application form.

Can my child attend?

Big Camp is targeted at young men and women who are between 16.5 and 18 years of age when at camp. 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?

The onus is on the young person to apply for the program, if your child is ready to apply you can direct them to the application form.

Who goes to Big Camp?

Big Camp is targeted at young men and women who are between 16.5 and 18 years of age when at camp. 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 applying we ask that you ensure you are:

  • 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?

The onus is on you to apply for the program, applications close Friday 21 September.

Note: Applications for Boys Camp have been extended to Friday 19th October, any Girls Camps applications received after the 21st September will automatically be placed in the wait-list.

Are you ready to apply for Big Camp and challenge your perspective? Keep and eye on this page for registration opening dates

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Want to know more?

What is the cost?

The week long camp is $575

One of the core values for Lord Somers Camp and Power House is that no one should miss out due to financial difficulties. We encourage Payment Plans and Sponsorship if there are any issues with payment, please contact us to discuss.

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
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