Brucknell Park Scout Camp
South West Victoria
The location of this camp feels like it is deep in the bush even though it is relatively close to the ocean. I’ve said this many times before and will no doubt continue to do so, but why is it that the Scouts snaffle up the prime camp locations? Brucknell Park is no exception with its bushland setting nestled in the rich dairy farming district of Victoria’s Great South West.
The entrance into the camp is typical of a Scout camp with the pine cross beam. Much of the camp is well hidden from the main road it sits adjacent to.
The main dining hall (Coleman Hall) is bright with its tiled floor and besser bricks. Plenty of light fills the space with the large dorm windows. Bunk rooms with a total of 66 beds come off the hall. Some additional accommodation (20 beds) is located in the Neville Dance Training Centre, (also besser brick) a smaller more cosy facility, with recently upgraded facilities and kitchen. It also has a wood burner and small recreation space. Brilliant for smaller groups who can struggle to find a camp with high minimum number requirements.
The camp itself sits on 146 acres of bushland, only minutes from the Great Ocean Road and the Shipwreck Coast. Although the camp doesn’t offer a plethora of activities like some camps, it does offer some really good ones such as commando course, initiative course, orienteering course, mountain bike track and a huge open arena for games. Also available is the obligatory Scouts bush chapel and an abundance of camping areas throughout the park. I really liked the Cub Jungle comprising animal statues, from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. I wish I could see more of this sought of imagination stuff at camps. You could create a load of initiative activities based around fun things like this.