What’s in a name?

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?

3 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. ‘Porepunka’ Meeting of the waters. Groups were named after rivers. I was in Murray, 11364. As a Guide it was my first big camp. 7and a half out of 8 days it rained! The rivers ran through our tents. But we all stayed on site (unlike the Scouts) Best camp ever. Slept in a bell tent, under the showers, in a shipping container and in the post office. 1988 was a long time ago but I still remember this camp and the friendships made.


    1. I have heard lots of great stories about Porepunka, and always that positive vibe of having survived the adventure. It sounds like a testament to great leaders and a resilient spirit of the girls and has resulted in lifelong memories. I’m hoping we can do the same again without having to go through 8 days of rain đŸ™‚


  2. I found this page looking for the date for Making Waves (thank you for helping with that) – I had a impactful experience, travelling from Central Australia to the Yarra Valley and my main activity was an amazing 4-5 day horse riding camping, I barely remember Britannia park, but the name is sparking faint memories I’ll have to chase up on.


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