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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 7. June 11, 1947

SCM May Camp

SCM May Camp

The SCM was fortunate this year in having St. Matthew's school at Masterton made available to them as a site for the annual May camp. As it was held during the vacation, and the period did not cover a week-end from the 19th to the 23rd May, there were only about 25 present, but the cohesion of the group was a notable feature.

Each day commenced with study circles—three in number, which pursued a course of study concerning the religious nature of man, and the ways in which the needs of this nature were satisfied. Following this on every morning a series of tutorials was held by the Rev. Silcock on the "Sermon on the Mount." This was an extremely stimulating feature, for Mr. Silcock is a forthright speaker, and a man who knows his Bible very well. Then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the morning's work was concluded by a series of readings illustrating Christianity and Literature. Mrs. Sullivan led the first in 20th century poetic drama, Bill Oliver the second on 17th and 20th century poetry, and Alby Moore the third on popular theological hooks.

After free afternoons the camp reassembled each evening for a talk followed by a discussion. Mr. Madden led Monday night's talk; the subject was "A layman looks at the Church." He considered that the Church eschew moral condemnation and devote itself to a programme of constructive help. The next evening the Rev. Martin Sullivan spoke on "The Christian in the University," stressing the need for Christians to play an active part in College life. Mr. G. W. Morice, of Wairarapa College, an early graduate of VUC. had as his subject "The University and the Community," and pointed out how universities acquired a more definite character when situated in a small town, and said he was personally in favour of the transfer of VUC to Masterton. The final discussion was led by Dr. Prior on "Christian Marriage," and covered a wide range of topics under that heading.

All these talks were followed by lively discussions.

Altogether the camp was an enjoyable and an instructive affair, and one which was very smoothly conducted in all its details.