CHUM CREEK'S FORTIETH
(March, 1993, for 'The Lion'
The fortieth anniversary of the first
Form Camp held at Chum Creek was celebrated at the camp on a wet Wednesday
early in November last year.
Guest of Honour was A. R. (Dick)
Milne, who attended that historic first camp as the late Jack Rush's assistant.
Form 3D, with Jack as Form Master, spent ten days at Chum Creek from 3rd
November, 1952, thereby paving the way for the regular camping program
which started in 1953.
Appropriately, Glen Waverley Homeroom,
Year 7 Rush, was resident at the camp exactly forty years later and joined
in the celebrations. These commenced on the first night with a visit by
Philip and Robert Rush, Jack's OW sons, both of whom had accompanied their
father to Chum Creek in 1952.
In inimitable Rush style, they entertained
the students with wonderful tales of Wesley camping in the 'forties and
early 'fifties and led a tramp around the Camp fondly pointing out well-remembered
features. This was a marvellous evening, nicely spiced with a bagful of
memorabilia which Philip gleefully revealed to his fascinated audience.
Remembrance Day, however, saw the
Glen Waverley Campus Head, Barbara
Lynch, and O.W.C.A. Executive Officer, Bruce Gregory, represented present
and past students respectively. Lindsay Newnham, who took his Form 3A to
the first of the regular camps in 1953 and who has written a history of
the Camp, represented all teachers who have taken students to Chum Creek.
Resident Teachers Teresa Jarvis and Peter Bradley and Visiting Teacher
Ben Bennett supervised their staff and students in preparing a superb party,
the like of which previous campers would never have seen!
Responding to Barbara Lynch's welcome
and poems written and read by students, Dick Milne spoke with warmth and
wit before cutting an enormous birthday cake.
The years were bridged magically
when Dick, now eighty-four, recalled stitching eight-year-old Robert Rush's
eyebrow during the first camp. Robert had told the same story five
Modern day 'Rush' students will sing
the favourite school song 'Forty Years On' with greater empathy in the
years to come.