e-news May 2010

Another term is in full swing. We are looking forward to welcoming back familiar faces as well as new school groups and new teachers. 

Check out this e-news edition for details on new staff, new schools at camp, venue highlights and our involvement in the Community Accord.

We would also like to take this opportunity along with Landlearn and Metlink to thank the following venues for their support of the 2010 Country Victoria Project: AMF Highpoint, Melbourne Aquarium, Chinese Museum, Etihad Stadium, Eureka Sky Tower, Melbourne Golden Mile, Shrine, State Library of Victoria and the Melbourne Zoo. Click to check out Undera Primary School (124kB) in action.


March saw the celebration of Karen Ciccosillo’s 15 years at Camp. The Board of Drecitors presented Karen with a gift of appreciation for her valuable service to date.  We also welcomed Paul Weight as a new board director and two casual staff members - Greg Eddy and Patrick Nichol.

On another note, Bluey, our on site yabby has returned from vacation at the Melbourne Aquarium. 

Our latest staff outing was a visit to the Melbourne Zoo to see the baby elephant, Mali and what a delight Mali was!  Thank you to the Melbourne Zoo for hosting us and also showing us their new state of the art eco-friendly class rooms. 


Photo: Mali with Mum and Aunt at the Melbourne Zoo (visited during our staff outing)


We would like to welcome new schools to Urban Camp:

Regional Victoria: Tylden PS (March), Ashby PS (August), Apsley PS (August), Springhurst (November)

Melbourne Suburbia: Coburg North (February), Hillsmeade PS (April), St Paul’s West Sunshine (May), Brunswick South West PS (October), Yawarra PS (October)


Photo: From Lismore PS



Community Accord

The Victorian Multicultural Commission has recently launched a Community Accord.  The Community Accord has been signed by a number of organisations and demonstrates their commitment to the promotion of multiculturalism within their organisation.

At our Board meeting in March, the Urban Camp also signed the Community Accord as it is in keeping with a range of activities that groups are involved in at Urban Camp.  For more information, go to: http://www.multicultural.vic.gov.au

If you are planning a camp with a multicultural focus, there are a number of activities that will explore a great diversity of cultures in Melbourne. These include:

CHINESE MUSEUM - www.chinesemuseum.com.au

HIGH RISE FLATS WALK – Explore the flats and the inner city with Urban Camp Staff

IMMIGRATION MUSEUM - www.immigration.museum.vic.gov.au

KOORIE HERITAGE TRUST - www.koorieheritagetrust.com 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA - www.ngv.vic.gov.au 

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS - www.rbg.vic.gov.au 

VIETNAMESE TOUR – Explore the Footscray area with a guide and discover more about Vietnamese culture and cuisine with Urban Camp staff

If you are interested in booking these activities for your Camp, just contact the Programming staff at Urban Camp.


Packing for Camp

A reminder that a sleeping bag, pillow case and drink bottle needs to be brought to camp.  It is important that students can manage the size and weight of their own bags.  Also, thank you in advance to teachers and parents for assisting loading luggage in our vans for Southern Cross station pick ups and drop offs. 

For more information go to: http://www.urbancamp.org.au/planning.htm


Venues Updates

There are a number of new activities for your group to experience.  To learn more go to: http://www.urbancamp.org.au/new_activities.htm  New venues to highlight include Icehouse, the exciting new world class ice sports entertainment venue at Docklands and activity wise Etihad Stadium has opened up evening tours and team challenges for school groups.  Melbourne Aquarium is also offering groups that have participated in an Aquarium tour during the day to come back the same night for an extended classroom based learning program (additional costs apply).

If your class is studying environment units, keep CERES: Community Environment Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens programs in mind.  CERES offers programs under five strands, four focusing on the Environment - Land, Energy, Water and Waste.  Examples of sessions include Fossil Fuels, Carbon and Climate, Consumer Detectives, Water for Life and Indigenous Plant Uses.   Water Conservation, Sustainable Gardening, Plantworks, and Food Forest are examples of education sessions the Royal Botanic Gardens offers. 

For more information go to:   

CERES: http://www.ceres.org.au/excursions

Royal Botanic Gardens: http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/education/primary


Once you have your activity wish list ready contact our Programs staff and they will happily assist putting together an itinerary for your group.  Ideally to avoid missing out on activities and gaining preferred time slots for venues, it is recommended to submit this information two to six months in advance of your scheduled camp.    

From the Camp Kitchen


In honor of our celebration of International Pancake Day last term see another delicious pancake recipe.

Blueberry Pancakes

2 large eggs.
2 cups of milk.
2 cups of flour.
½ cup of blueberries.
4 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
2 tablespoons of sugar.
2 tablespoons of baking powder.
2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Pinch of salt.

Preparation Instructions

Whisk the two large eggs until they are fluffy.

Add the milk, flour, blueberries, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, vanilla and salt. Whip until smooth.

Heat up a skillet over medium heat.

For each pancake, pour ¼ cup of the batter into the hot skillet. Cook the pancake until puffed and dry around edges. Turn and cook until it turns golden brown.



Source: www.recipes.com

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