e-news September 2011






Groups at Camp

The Mirabel Foundation

From the Child/Youth Team:

The Mirabel Foundation was established in 1998 to support children and young people who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and who now reside in kinship care, usually with their grandparents. We’re currently supporting over 1000 young people aged 0-18 and their carers across Victoria and NSW.

Mirabel programs engage children and young people in a diverse range of activities aimed at restoring their sense of belonging and hope. We provide camps, day activities, educational support and carer support.

Bringing children together from similar circumstance allows them to share and overcome their past whilst assisting them in reaching their full potential and reconnecting with the community. Most importantly, it lessens their feelings of isolation and they experience opportunities and a childhood they may have otherwise been denied.

On the 9-11th July 2011, 20 young people aged 11-14 from rural areas of Victorian and NSW attended Mirabel’s first Urban Camp. Urban Camp staff helped organise a number of fantastic activities including:

  • Asian banquet dinner in Chinatown
  • Footy
  • Circus workshop
  • Rock climbing
  • Vic market challenge (buy your group lunch using the 5 food groups)

The brilliant location and friendly staff helped make this experience something for the Mirabel children to remember and talk about for years to come. Because of the success of this camp we have already started planning its 2012 Urban camp!

Click here to learn more about amazing efforts of the The Mirabel Foundation and to be directed to their website.


Visiting Teachers

During September the Visiting Teachers group held an Urban Camp for their students.  Students from various Victorian schools that receive VT service met up in Melbourne for this camp experience.  The group soon became acquainted and enjoyed sharing new Melbourne experiences with each other, as well as stories from their own school experiences.  The group enjoyed visits to the Zoo, Old Melbourne Gaol, Immigration Museum and Eureka Skydeck.  They also tested out their skills and had lots of laughs and fun at the Westside Circus. An evening filled with Camp Idol stage performances topped off a great camp.

Thank you to the group for the lovely certificate of appreciation. (Download size 158KB) 




We have a new cleaning/maintenance team at Urban Camp.  You will notice Brian and his team about the camp.  Brian, Ray and Mark are settling in well with the Urban Camp family.  A big welcome to them and a thank you for their efforts keeping the camp clean and tidy and keeping up the friendly camp spirit!  Dudley Carelse was farewelled in August with a special morning tea and gift presentation in appreciation of his dedicated efforts over the last eight to nine years.  We wish Dudley all the best with his endeavours overseas. 




queen victoria markets


For Urban Camp guests the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is conveniently located on the #55 tram line and is just a short 10 minute direct tram ride.  Kids love the experience and also often pick up a souvenir or a gadget of some sort to take back home

Did you know?

> The Market is open everyday except Monday and Wednesday. 

> The Market was established in 1878

> The Market has 80 fruit and vegetable traders, 24 butchers, 11 fishmongers and around 600 general traders selling everything from funny hats to flags to clothes and shoes. 

> The market is named after ________  No, not a trick fact!  We think you can guess this one easily on your own!  

Want to be prepared prior to your group visit to Markets?  Follow this link to a Market Map

The QVM website also has helpful information regarding fruits and vegetables in season. 


























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