Re-opening after Covid-19 lockdown

As per Scouts Victoria communications 9 Aug 2021.


Campsites can open and be used for the following:

Campsites in Regional Victoria can open. Obviously people from Metropolitan Melbourne cannot attend unless it is an authorised worker.

  • Campsites can accept Scout activities up to 300 participants
  • Camping under canvas in groups of up to 50 in single person tents, each group of 50 to be ~5m from other groups
  • Other bona fide community groups can follow Scout rules (no social functions)
  • Only members of the same household can share rooms, etc
  • Maintenance and working bees etc can resume
  • QR Code check-in for day visitors and indoor communal areas who are not booked into accommodation
  • Private bookings limited to one household only.
  • Communal areas subject to 1 person per 4sqm and cleaning twice a day
  • School camps can resume

All above users of campsites must:

  • Communal toilets, showers and cooking facilities may be shared if they are cleaned at least twice per day
  • Ensure that there is regular cleaning and disinfecting 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.


  • 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.

Room capacities – 1 person per 4sqm

Headquarters Camp

  • 1st Aid room – 2
  • Dining / Lounge – 24
  • Kitchen – 10
  • Rec Hall – 25

Forest Camp

  • Warnock Lodge – 16

Room capacities – 1 person per 2sqm

Headquarters Camp

  • 1st Aid room – 4
  • Dining / Lounge – 47
  • Kitchen – 20
  • Rec Hall – 51

Forest Camp

  • Warnock Lodge – 33

Camp Ranger position


Volunteer Part Time, Resident Camp Ranger

Looking to put down a few roots in the Macedon Ranges. Here is your chance!!

Rowallan Scout Camp and Rowallan Guide Camp are seeking to appoint a volunteer Camp Ranger (single or couple).  This is a multi-year appointment.

The Camps are run by a committee of volunteers as part of Scouts Victoria and Girl Guides Victoria and are located about 1hr North West of Melbourne Victoria in the Macedon Ranges near the beautiful township of Riddells Creek.

The campsite is 74 hectares with about half used for camping, both outdoor and dormitory.

The position involves, but is not limited to; provide general presence; prepare and facilitate all uses of the Camps; to greet and orientate arrivals; support campers during use and complete or facilitate essential maintenance of facilities and equipment; reporting of head counts to the booking office; general cleanliness of the camping area.

Should be capable with a chainsaw, able to drive a tractor for slashing etc., a Ute with manual transmission is provided for camp use.

Available to work varied hours/days as business dictates; most Friday/weekends and some weekdays required.

Due to the ongoing on-site presence required to deliver the responsibilities and duties in the role, occupancy within the on-site 3-bedroom residence is made available to the volunteers undertaking the role in line with the Occupancy Agreement.

The Occupancy Agreement includes Internet, water, wood for heater.

A background in Scouting or Guiding is not essential.  Membership of Scouts Victoria will be required including WWCC; permission to have a Police Check done; and completion of mandatory online training for OHS and Child Safe.

For further information about
Rowallan Scout Camp: and
Rowallan Guide Camp:

A job description will be forwarded on request to:  

Applications close4th Oct.


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.