The Portsea Camp

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2018 Portsea Camp kids returning from Camp

The Lord Mayors Camp was established in the 1940’s as a registered charity for country children to attend a camp by the seaside.

The City of Greater Bendigo has been organising this camp for local children since 1997. The Portsea Camp is run for children between the ages of 9 and 12. It gives children the chance to escape to the beach for a week and participate in activities such as abseiling, canoeing, fishing, ferry rides, meditation, raft building and orienteering. The camp is located 95km from Melbourne at the end of Mornington Peninsula, on the main Portsea swimming beach.

The cost of the camp is roughly $327. Students are sponsored by local businesses, service clubs and individuals. Any shortfall is covered by the City.

Portsea Camp 2018

On Wednesday 17 January 2018, 24 lucky students and 3 supportive volunteers (pictured) arrived home safely, from a week long camp at Portsea in the Mornington Peninsula. The children were nominated by their school Principal and with the help of 16 local businesses, service groups and the City of Greater Bendigo the children participated in lots of fun activities by the beach. The Portsea Camp has been running for over 50 years and the City of Greater Bendigo has been organising local children and volunteers to attend the Portsea Camp for over 20 years.

This year students were sponsored by the following generous local businesses:

  • Shayden Pty Ltd Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • RACE Services
  • Palm Square Dental Care
  • Innerwheel Club of Bendigo
  • Mark and Susan Jalland
  • Eaglehawk Bowling Club
  • Bendigo Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Dr. Peter Roessler
  • Lions Club of Strathfieldsaye
  • The Rotary Club of Eaglehawk
  • Strathdale Senior Citizens
  • Kennington Dental
  • Dr. Angelika Borozdina
  • Bendigo Cleaning Company
  • Dr. John Gorey
  • Bendigo Regional YMCA

Volunteering at camp

As well as organising children to attend camp, the City also sources volunteers to help out at camp and travel on the bus with children to and from camp.

Volunteers can either help run camp activities (recreation leaders), or be responsible for children's general care at meal and bed times (room leaders).

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Jodie on 5434 6368 or via email [email protected].  

Recreation Leaders

Recreation Leaders (Reccies) are responsible for running camp activities with the support of Room Leaders and Juniors. The recreation program is designed by the camp’s Recreation Coordinator with a range of activities to meet all children’s developmental abilities and needs. Reccies are organised into teams, each focusing on a component of the overall program:

High Flyers – high ropes, giant swing, flying fox, team building,  bouldering, carnival, initiatives

Waterbabes – swimming, canoeing, snorkelling, fishing, boat rides, oceanography, sandcastles, oceanography

Fruit Flies – concerts, disco, yoga, acting, face painting, massage, mask making, dancing, singing, acrobalance, movies, meditation, story telling, puppets, drumming, tai chi

Crafty’s – art and craft, woodcraft, friendship bands, plaster casts, paper making, hair wraps, nail art

Hitchhikers – hikes, campout, campfire, bush cooking, construction, orienteering

Sporties – bike riding, cricket, volleyball, netball, basketball, T-ball, Buroinjin, soccer, badminton, scooters, frisbies

Room Leaders

Room leaders are responsible for children’s general care and assist recreation leaders by supporting children awaiting their turn at activities.

Room leaders sleep in rooms next to children, sit with children at meal times, manage dorm rooms, ensure children maintain good hygiene standards and generally ensure that good pastoral care is provided.

Room leaders work in small teams and meet daily to discuss children’s progress.


For more information about The Portsea Camp please contact the Active and Healthy Lifestyles Unit on 03 5434 6000.

Alternatively, please visit the Portsea Camp website.


Christmas closure

Please note that requests logged online after 5pm Friday December 21, 2018 may not be acted on until our offices re-open on Wednesday January 2, 2019. For urgent assistance please phone 5434 6000.  


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