Re-opening after Covid-19

As per Scouts Victoria communications.

Campsites

From June 22, campsites can open and be used for the following:

  • Scout program day activities (no overnight Scouting program activities until July 13)
  • Scout camping in tents as part of an overnight hike or as a single night activity
  • Self-contained external hirers in caravans
  • Groups of external hirers in cabins, bunk houses or camping
  • School Groups

From July 13, campsites can be used for the following:

  • Overnight Scouting program activities including accommodation in cabins, tents, bunkhouses, etc.

All above users of campsites must:

  • Be in groups of no more than 20, as part of a single group booking. This limit does not apply to school groups
  • Communal toilets, showers and cooking facilities may be shared if they are cleaned at least twice per day, unless the campsite is in a very remote area
  • Ensure that there is regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in shared areas
  • Record name and phone number of all attendees and date/time of arrival and departure
  • Where food is served at a campsite, it needs to follow hospitality industry guidelines for the serving of food and drink.

Cleaning

  • While in use, campsite must be cleaned at least twice a day.  
  • Soiled surfaces and spills should be cleaned with water and detergent – this can be in the form of a detergent solution or wipes.
  • Frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected with either a disinfectant spray (e.g. bleach cleaner or  Glen 20, etc) or disinfectant wipes. 2-in-1 wipes (cleaner and disinfectant) can also be used if it states that it is effective against viruses.
  • Equipment used in activities should be cleaned between use and not shared during the activity.
  • Any kitchen utensils used should be thoroughly washed in a normal manner (either by hand or in a dishwasher).
  • Fabric material (tea towels, clothes, etc) that can’t be wiped with bleach should be washed as normal in a washing machine etc.

COVID-19

Scouts Victoria have advised all campsites are closed until further notice.

Rowallan Scout Camp is therefore closed.

Thank you for you patronage and support; we look forward to reopening as soon as possible

Reed Bed for Waste Water Run Off

Rowallan has completed a reed bed to disperse the water after the septic process. The water is Class-C and does not smell. There are lots of plants along the bed and up the sides, which will grow and slow the water flow as it travels along the bed.

Polar Blast

Staying in Rowallan HQ this weekend was the Moonee Valley District Cub Leadership camp. They were treated this year to a light fall of snow, enough to coat cars and bushes!

New Archery Range

An new Archery Range has been completed for use by Campers.
We have 18lb and 26lb Recurve Bows and 28″ aluminium arrows.

Please see the Ranger regards the use of the Range.

Dormitory Heating

We are proud to announce that we have installed Hydronic Heating to our Dormitories and Toilet block for your comfort.
Overnight heating to 15 degC will reduce the chill factor on our cold Winter nights.

Internet Use @ HQ Camp

We have been offering free wifi Internet access to our campers for the last 18 months.
However to due to the sustained abuse / over use by campers we have been forced to discontinue this service.
If any group camping with us would like Internet access whilst at camp, then this can be made available if arranged via the Booking office in advance of your camp. WiFi coverage is limited to the dinning room and is Wireless-G.
The fee for such access is $15 per GB downloaded, or part thereof.
If you think this is unreasonable, please lobby Telstra and the local MP for NBN access in Mt. Charlie Rd/Kent Rd.
Our only possible Internet access is via Telstra 3G at this time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Water Quality @ Rowallan Camp

Further to the Resource Saving work previously undertaken, we have recently redesigned the Water filtration system to filter all Camp water, and to store the filtered water before use.
This has greatly increased our capacity to deliver clean water to all areas of the camp at the required pressure.
Note, the water is slightly discoloured, but it is clean from a health perspective.

Energy and Resource Saving Initatives

Recently we have implemented 2 resource saving systems saving both electricity and water.  We have installed a Grid Connected Solar system and are harvesting rain water for use around HQ camp.
This water is augmented by water from Mt Teneriffe Dam in times of low rainfall.

The Solar system installed by Solar Charge is a 2.04kW system comprising 12 panels.

 

 

The Rain water harvesting system includes 130KL of storage, collects water from 686m2 of roof, is UV treated and filtered for use around the camp.