Gordons Camp

Gordons Camp Situated in the Glencairn valley, Cape Town, surrounded by nature & within walking distance to the beach Contact: 021 7823872 / [email protected]
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Accommodation is available in two large dormitories that sleep 44 & 64 respectively. Three cabins - Snug Cabin (6 sleeper); Restawhile (8 sleeper) & King Cabin (6 sleeper). The Recreation Room is available for private functions or workshops and overlooks the camp and the surrounding mountains. Braai facilities available. Day visitors welcome. Take a nature walk through the wetlands to the beach or just enjoy the beautiful tranquil surroundings.

Operating as usual

05/02/2020

INFORMATION UPDATE GORDON'S CAMP OFFICE PHONE NUMBER 021 782 3679,MRS.ANTOINETTE BURGER.
EMAIL ADDRESS: [email protected]

03/02/2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT GORDONS CAMP HAS A NEW OFFICE PHONE NUMBER IF YOU WISH TO BOOK AND OR MAKE ENQUIRIES 021 782 36 79 ANTOINETTE WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU,THE EMAIL ADDRESS [email protected]

21/01/2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CAMP IS NOW UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ROTARY ORGANISATION,PLEASE EMAIL OUR NEW MANAGER,MR.KOOS BURGER,HE CAN BE CONTACTED AT THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS [email protected],KOOS WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU WITH AVAILABILITY,PRICING,ETC,PLEASE SPECIFY THAT YOU ARE ENQUIRING ABOUT GORDON'S CAMP

15/10/2019

please note that all enquiries and booking information must please be directed from 15 Oct 2019,to Mr.Koos Burger; email address; [email protected]

Gordon's hands over Erf 60 to Table Mountain National Park
15/04/2014
Gordon's hands over Erf 60 to Table Mountain National Park

Gordon's hands over Erf 60 to Table Mountain National Park

Today 30.6 ha of Erf 60 has been contracted to SANParks in perpetuity for incorporation into the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). This includes all of Erf 60 on the Glencairn Heights side from ...

Gordons Camp
27/03/2014

Gordons Camp

VALLEY FESTIVAL - SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014
Contact Kim at [email protected] if you would like to book a stall. Craft stalls = R150; Food stalls - R250 (electricity is available at an additional cost of R100).

There are still stalls available so please contact Kim if you would like to participate.
24/03/2014

There are still stalls available so please contact Kim if you would like to participate.

VALLEY FESTIVAL - SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014
Contact Kim at [email protected] if you would like to book a stall. Craft stalls = R150; Food stalls - R250 (electricity is available at an additional cost of R100).

VALLEY FESTIVAL - SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014Contact Kim at chapmanspeak@rigroup.co.za if you would like to book a stall. Craft...
14/03/2014

VALLEY FESTIVAL - SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014
Contact Kim at [email protected] if you would like to book a stall. Craft stalls = R150; Food stalls - R250 (electricity is available at an additional cost of R100).

Realtors International Noordhoek & False Bay
26/02/2014

Realtors International Noordhoek & False Bay

Realtors International Noordhoek & False Bay invites you to join us at the new Valley Festival at Gordons Camp, Sunday 30th March. We look forward to seeing you there. Please share with all your friends :)

Dormitory 2 sleeps 64 (2 sections - 20 + 40 + teachers room with 2 bunk beds)Shower room with 4 showers; 4 toilets Kitch...
12/01/2014

Dormitory 2 sleeps 64 (2 sections - 20 + 40 + teachers room with 2 bunk beds)
Shower room with 4 showers; 4 toilets
Kitchen is equipped with 2 x gas plates; fridge and freezer
Undercover eating area
Own braai area next river

Dormitory 2 sleeps 64 (2 sections - 20 + 40 + teachers room with 2 bunk beds)
Shower room with 4 showers; 4 toilets
Kitchen is equipped with 2 x gas plates; fridge and freezer
Undercover eating area
Own braai area next river

Dormitory 1 sleeps 44Shower room with 4 showers; 3 toilets (1 disabled)Kitchen is equipped with 2 x gas plates; fridge a...
12/01/2014

Dormitory 1 sleeps 44
Shower room with 4 showers; 3 toilets (1 disabled)
Kitchen is equipped with 2 x gas plates; fridge and freezer
Undercover eating area
Own braai area next river

This dormitory is currently undergoing renovations and once completed will have a new kitchen and will be able to sleep 64 in 2 sections (44 + 20). Renovations are expected to be completed by mid 2014.

Dormitory 1 sleeps 44
Shower room with 4 showers; 3 toilets (1 disabled)
Kitchen is equipped with 2 x gas plates; fridge and freezer
Undercover eating area
Own braai area next river

This dormitory is currently undergoing renovations and once completed will have a new kitchen and will be able to sleep 64 in 2 sections (44 + 20). Renovations are expected to be completed by mid 2014.

Restawhile is basic self-catering - sleeps 8Open plan lounge/kitchen; main bedroom;2nd bedroom with 3 bunk bedsBathroom ...
12/01/2014

Restawhile is basic self-catering - sleeps 8
Open plan lounge/kitchen; main bedroom;
2nd bedroom with 3 bunk beds
Bathroom (shower above bath and toilet)
Sliding doors to garden next to river.

Restawhile is basic self-catering - sleeps 8
Open plan lounge/kitchen; main bedroom;
2nd bedroom with 3 bunk beds
Bathroom (shower above bath and toilet)
Sliding doors to garden next to river.

Snug Cabin is basic self-catering sleeps 6Lounge; kitchen; main bedroom;2nd bedroom with 2 bunk beds;shower and toilet.S...
12/01/2014

Snug Cabin is basic self-catering sleeps 6
Lounge; kitchen; main bedroom;
2nd bedroom with 2 bunk beds;
shower and toilet.
Sliding doors to braai area next to river.

Snug Cabin is basic self-catering sleeps 6
Lounge; kitchen; main bedroom;
2nd bedroom with 2 bunk beds;
shower and toilet.
Sliding doors to braai area next to river.

King Cabin is basic self catering and sleeps 6.Lounge/dining area; kitchen;main bedroom; 2nd bedroom with 2 bunk beds;ba...
12/01/2014

King Cabin is basic self catering and sleeps 6.
Lounge/dining area; kitchen;
main bedroom; 2nd bedroom with 2 bunk beds;
bathroom and separate toilet.

King Cabin is basic self catering and sleeps 6.
Lounge/dining area; kitchen;
main bedroom; 2nd bedroom with 2 bunk beds;
bathroom and separate toilet.

Thank you to Realtors International Noordhoek & False Bay for our newly painted Rec Room. We have received such wonderfu...
17/09/2013

Thank you to Realtors International Noordhoek & False Bay for our newly painted Rec Room. We have received such wonderful compliments from recent visitors on the new look.

Gordons Camp Painting Day

The 20th August dawned fresh and sunny over Gordons Youth Camp in the beautiful Glencairn valley. The Realtors International Chapmans Peak team arrived ready to start 10hrs community service. Paint brushes and rollers clutched in our hands, we were ready to get stuck in. The sounds of sanding, scraping and painting could be heard across the valley.
A break for lunch saw the arrival of the most delicious homemade pies. Then it was back to work, painting the entire interior of the Recreational room, from the ceilings down to the floor. A tired, but happy team finally finished, leaving behind them a freshly face-lifted Recreational room.

15/09/2013

Gordons Camp is now a member of Cape Medical Response. All visitors are covered whilst on the premises for any emergency medical treatment.

Gordons Camp's cover photo
12/09/2013

Gordons Camp's cover photo

General
12/09/2013

General

General
11/09/2013

General

Address

Glen Road
Glencairn
7975

General information

A BRIEF HISTORY OF GORDONS and GORDONS CAMP William Goodman Haines, the founder of The Gordons, was born in England in 1878. Not much is known of his childhood except, that in his early twenties he was diagnosed with TB & given 6 months to live. He was not prepared to accept his fate & moved to Cape Town & a healthier climate. He started a rigorous exercise routine, running, walking, swimming and gymnastics, fresh air and wholesome food. His health improved & he only died in 1942 at the age of 64. William Haines was a school teacher who taught at SACS for many years. He had no family & so he dedicated his life to improving the lives of young men & women. In 1907 having witnessed the amount of poor youth in the City turning to crime due to lack of schooling and guidance, he tried an experiment. He gathered a number of the poorer youth of the City plus boys from more affluent homes and started gymnastic classes twice a week in a garage in Gordon Street. Haines was a great admirer of General C G Gordon, who had become famous for his work amongst the underprivileged youth in Britain. The club became known as Gordons Institute & the sporting side was expanded to also include waterpolo, swimming & football. In 1910 Haines started night classes to provide education as he believed " A sound mind in a sound body". During World War 1 from 1914 - 400 of Gordons men served with distinction in the war Back home the women and children kept the club going during the men’s absence & sent parcels & letters to all serving the country. Before the war, membership was restricted to young men & boys. It was realised that young women had similar needs & were therefore allowed to become members & Gordons Institute Women’s Section was founded in 1917. With the increase of membership the club facilities became too small & they moved temporary to Duncan Chambers, Adderley St. Shortly thereafter the Council allowed the use of the Governor General’s Rest House on the Grand Parade. By 1923 Haines had introduced day classes & training for apprentices of various trades. Haines had been engaging with the authorities, trying to impress upon them the need for compulsory education for the underprivileged youth. The Department of Education finally built the Cape Technical College and took over the classes. In 1925 Haines bought a block of buildings known as Kamp’s Cold Storage next to Woodstock Station and this became the new home of Gordons Institute. In 1951 The Cape Town City Council made land available in Mowbray, the government gave a grant of £1000 to assist with the financing of the new Gordons headquarter/clubhouse, catering for table tennis, basketball, gymnastics, badminton, karate and judo. Hockey, water polo, diving and swimming was catered for at outside facilities. This building remained the Headquarters of the Gordons until 1985 when the sporting sections were disbanded & The University of Cape Town took over the lease. Today the Damelin College occupies the building. During the 1920's Haines leased a farm in the Glencairn Valley known as Elsjes Farm which he eventually purchased in 1929. He took young Gordons members down to the farm for weekends at the seaside. First he built Snug Cabin & Restawhile & then in the early 1930's with the assistance of the young Gordons men they built the 2 big wooden dormitories with outside eating areas as they are today. When William Goodman Haines passed away 1942, aged sixty-four. He bequeathed the lower half the Glencairn farm to Gordons to be administered as a holiday camp & as he was a Rotarian he left the top half to the Rotary Club of Cape Town, also to be administered as a youth camp for the underprivileged. The Tennis Court on Gordons Property was to remain for the use of the Community. In the early 1950's Johnny King, who was a staunch Gordons member died & left money to Gordons. This was used to purchase a wooden site office from Murray & Roberts, which was reconstructed as it stands today. Up until the late 1950's & early 1960's there were only open-air cold water showers for washing, toilets were long drops in outhouses across the field from the bungalows & all cooking was done on fires in the cookhouse. During the 60's proper bathrooms with hot water were built & long drops converted to flushing toilets within the bungalows. One of the open-air showers & cookhouses are still standing. Access to the camp was via a small wooden footbridge across the river. During the late 1950's the entrance road was graded & a new wooden bridge to carry cars across the river was built. This bridge was used until 2000 when the present concrete bridge was built. Next to the bridge is one of the original farm cottages - supposedly a hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset. The cottage has been modernised with a bathroom & extra bedroom & was used for many years by the caretakers of the camp. Behind the cottage were the stables, which in the early days were converted to housing for a large destitute family. These buildings were eventually demolished. In 2005 an old wooden house was purchased and reconstructed at the camp as a Recreational Room for use by the campers. This was much needed as there were no indoor recreational facilities. To assist with finance, this facility has also been rented out for meetings, and day groups etc. Following Haines’s wishes, the Gordons hosted several orphanages including St Georges & St Michaels to holidays at the camp. Today the camp not only caterers for the youth but also the elderly. It is used by approximately 2 700 people annually for weekends & holiday camps and approximately 2 000 day visitors. Until they were removed by the City Council, Gordons rented 2 bathing boxes on Glencairn beach for use by the campers. In 1965 about 5 Acres was expropriated by the City Council for the widening of Glen Rd. With the development of Glencairn Heights in the mid1970's approximately 7 Hectares was expropriated by City Council to build the Blackhill Express Way. The Gordons were paid 88.2cents per square metre for the land. With the expressway cutting the sanddunes off from the camp, the campers could no longer access these dunes. A subway on the boundary between Rotary & Gordons was built for the use of campers from both camps.

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very nice place if you love the nature
Wats d last school u did camping with??
Goodmorning. I would like to know if you have any accommodation available for 30 People for 10-11 Nov. We also require a hall facility if possible.Pls include prices. Thank you Lynn