e-news September 2010

Term Four is fast approaching.  We look forward to welcome back familiar faces, as well as new groups - school, community and sporting.  

Check out this e-news edition for details on our sustainability projects, venue highlights and staff.  A feedback form is also available to download. 



Urban Camp Surveys

We are always keen to look at new ways of improving your Urban Camp experience, so every year we randomly survey a range of groups that have visited the Camp.  It is great to gain feedback from our    Co-operative members on what we are doing well, and on areas where we could improve.  We recently     e-mailed surveys to a range of groups that stayed at the Camp in 2010.  If you would like to participate in the survey, go to Urban Camp Feedback Form 2010, and once completed, you can e-mail or fax it back to us. (Fax: 9329-7344)




In June we hosted two work experience students from Sunshine North Secondary College.  We extend a big thank you to Desiree and Malea for their enthusiasm and contribution during their two weeks at Urban Camp.  With their involvement in the office, kitchen and with school lunch drops and luggage collection we trust they learned more about how an organisation such as Urban Camp operates.  We wish them much success with their future endeavours and desires to work within the community sector. 

This September marks 20 years of service of our catering staff member Jenny Crouch. A celebration at La Spaghetteria Ristorante in Lygon Street was held to mark this tremendous milestone.  Jenny is a valuable team member.  You will find Jenny first thing in the morning serving up our week day breakfasts. 



Sustainability Projects

Our commitment to ensuring as little impact on the environment as possible is always ongoing.  Our recent undertaking is ensuring that our cleaning products and paper products are bio-degradable, non toxic, are palm oil free and are not tested on animals. 

We have also implemented the Melbourne Zoo’s Wipe for Wildlife program.

It is estimated that Australians currently flush more than 6 million trees down the toilet each year! Urban Camp thought that we could help our environment and wildlife simply by choosing recycled toilet paper.  For more information on the program go to:  www.zoo.org.au/wipe 

















Hubble 3D is now showing at IMAX until 26th November.   After attending a special preview event, Patrick and Geraldine from the Urban Camp office highly recommend this film and give it a five star.  See below for details about the film.  If you would like to book the show as part of your experience to Melbourne advise our programs staff and they will happily arrange.   IMAX educational shows are screened daily on the hour from 10 am, with 2 pm being the last show time. 


IMAX is also holding a ‘Wish Upon an IMAX Star’ competition for school groups that have seen Hubble 3D.  Great prizes are up for grabs including a star registered with the International Star Registry and IMAX passes. Entry forms are sent directly from IMAX once a booking has been made.      

HUBBLE 3D recounts the amazing journey of the most important scientific instrument since Galileo's original telescope and the greatest success in space since the Moon Landing -- the Hubble Space Telescope. Audiences will accompany the space walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult tasks ever undertaken in NASA's history, and will experience up close the awesome power of the launches, the heartbreaking setbacks, and the dramatic rescues of this most powerful story.

HUBBLE 3D will also reveal the cosmos as never before, allowing viewers of all ages to explore the grandeur of the nebulae and galaxies, the birth and death of stars, and some of the greatest mysteries of our celestial surroundings, all in amazing IMAX 3D.

Etihad Stadium

A Creek Street Christian College grade 6 student that stayed at Urban Camp last term has been selected the winner of the Etihad Stadium’s annual school competition.  The competition entailed submitting a drawing depicting the stadium tour experience.  As the winner Jemuel has won an event day experience for two, including a visit to many of the behind the scenes areas plus two Medallion club tickets.  The school has been awarded a twelve seat corporate suite at an AFL match! Congratulations Jemuel!

Etihad Stadium night tours have been very popular amongst our school groups.  School feedback from teachers and kids has been positive.  A basic night tour includes a 15 minute handball session in the player change rooms.  The cost for the 1.5 hour general tour is $9.50 per student (minimum of 20 people required for booking).  The ultimate team challenge program incorporates a team approach with map orienteering and clue hunting.  The cost for the 1.5 hour program is $11.50 per student (minimum of 30 people required for booking). Contact our programs staff if you would like to book.

Geelong High School Enhancing Student Potential (ESP) Program

In August, we hosted a small group representing the Geelong High School ESP program.  The program supporters included Urban Camp, Groundswell Health Promotion and Boiled Frog Adventures.  During their stay the group experienced Vietnamese culture at the pictured Footscray market as part of an Urban Camp lead walk, and a visit to Scienceworks and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. 


Country Victoria Project

Wahgunyah and Springhurst Primary School will be staying at Urban Camp during term four as part of our Country Victoria Project.  These schools were selected as part of the Hume Region for 2010.  Both schools plan to visit the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck, AMF Bowling Highpoint, and Melbourne Aquarium as part of their experience in Melbourne.  Thank you to these venues for offering subsidized entry for schools selected for this program.

This program is partnered by Department of Primary Industries, and they have assisted in selecting a region that may have been affected by drought over the year.  The Department of Primary Industries are currently targeting a new region for the 2011 Country Victoria Project, and schools in this region will be contacted shortly.

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