This week we are excited to share the name chosen for the Jamboree: Kani-Karrung Australian Jamboree 2023.
Kani-Karrung means women camping together in the local indigenous language of the Ballarat area, the Wadawurrung language. We have sought and been given permission by the local women to use this name. I am pleased that we can connect this camp with the land in which we will camp and it is our plan for the local First Nations women to share their knowledge with girls at camp.
Shakespeare, of course, wrote those often quoted words: ‘that which we call a rose/by any other name would smell as sweet‘, by which he meant that names are just a label and didn’t hold much worth. Yet, when I think about the names of camps that I have attended both as a youth and then as an adult, to me the name in and of itself brings back some great memories. The name has significance in recapturing the activities and feelings of camp.
As a girl I attended Camp Patanga and I see the badge on my blanket and for some reason it reminds me of learning pyrography (burning pictures into wood) and collecting leather tokens from each subcamp to make a belt. Not to mention latrines that were just pits in the ground across the paddock at Britannia Park. As a leader Making Waves reminds me of abseiling 100s of kids, the beach and New Year’s Eve on Constitution Dock. The name SA4U2 conjures up the overnight train trips to Adelaide and back with 142 girls, carnival New Year’s Eve and breakfast in PJs. I could go on.
My hope is that Kani-Karrung will also bring to mind amazing experiences, new friendships and feelings of having dared for both the the girls who come but also the adults who are a critical part of making the Jamboree happen.
What camp names have been special to you and why?