Challenge - supporting kids with cancer



Community Involvement

Great news! Urban Camp has been nominated to participate in the Grill'd Local Matters donation program at Grill'd Little Bourke Street this month (May 2016). Every month, Grill'd donates $500 to local groups and asks their customers to decide who the money goes to. When customers buy a burger, they will receive a token to put into one of 3 jars representing different groups. Whoever has the most tokens at the end of the month receives $300. The other two groups receive $100 each.

Thank you Grill'd again for their support. Urban Camp utilises funds to assist small struggling rural groups during their visit to Melbourne. Help support us by heading down to Grill'd, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. Thank you!


Thank you to O'Brien Group Arena and Etihad Stadium for their continued support of The Relay for Life Urban Camp Trivia Event that will be held July 2016. We greatly appreciate their support and offer to provide prizes.


The Relay for Life Urban Camp Trivia Night would like to to thank Galactic Circus- M9 Laser Skirmish - Kingpin Bowling and Bounce Inc for their contributions in 2015. A big thank you to Etihad Stadium, Icehouse, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the National Trust for their generous support in 2014. We also extend our appreciation to Eureka Skydeck, IMAX Melbourne, Melbourne Aquarium and Universal Pizza for their support in 2013.


Thank you to Eureka Skydeck and SeaLife Melbourne Aquarium for helping Urban Camp re-decorate their meeting spaces (2013). It was also great having Eureka's mascot Deckstar at Camp.


The Bendigo Bank Flemington Community Bank Branch has proudly sponsored a Defibrillator for Urban Camp and plaque in honour of Nigel Bednall, Kent Street Senior High School, WA. An article featured in the local paper touches on this heart felt story and community partnership. To view click here (635 KB)


The Water Dragon sculptural urban art piece, developed by Claire Tracey in conjunction with the Chinese Museum launched its official opening in November 2012. Funded by the City of Melbourne the dragon is made from recycled water bottles and it's focus on sustainable design is carried through into solar lighting at night. Jonathon attended the opening evening where Urban Camp was recognised for assistance in supplying recycled water bottles and promoting involvement with school groups. We would like to thank all of the Urban Camp schools during the last three terms that have brought back empty water bottles from lunch each day to contribute to this fantastic project. Trafalgar Primary School and Glenrowan Primary School completed a dragon workshop and their dragon scroll also features in this exciting exhibition. To learn click here.



What's On In Melbourne




SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

ICE AGE: No time for Nuts 4D

Join Scrat, Ice Age’s resident nut-crazed sabre-toothed squirrel, as he time travels in his zaniest adventure to date, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D.  Scrat battles a wonky time-machine that has zapped his beloved nut, and with buddies Manny, Diego and especially Sid along for the ride the laughs are right on time in this custom 4-D special effects extravaganza!

This fully immersive, high energy 9-minute show was custom created by Blue Sky Studios and Fox Animation in partnership with SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment. Featuring exclusive brand new footage, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D is presented in high-definition 3-D projection combined with in-theater special effects to further engage the audience.

The all-new Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D experience is included in the guided education fee for term four bookings.

Preview click here:



Tiny Giants 3D, Exclusive to IMAX

In an adventure of giant proportions, Tiny Giants 3D reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest of animals. Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive.

Tiny Giants 3D follows a chipmunk in an untamed wild woodland and a grasshopper mouse in an unforgiving scorched desert as both are forced to grow up fast when they find themselves on their own and facing some ferocious rivals and predators.

You will be awed by this suspenseful tale as these mighty minis use their ingenious superpowers to not only survive but to become masters of their universe. Tiny Giants 3D is narrated by Stephen Fry.




Follow Deckstar ( Eureka Skydeck's very own mascot) as he visits significant Melbourne venues and landmarks. Click here to learn more.


Check out City of Melbourne sponsored link What's On


Federation Square & Little Veggie Patch Co

Pop Up Patch

Fed Square’s car park rooftop has been transformed into a vibrant veggie garden in a joint initiative with Little Veggie Patch Co.

The Fed Square Pop Up Patch is made up of over 140 do-it-yourself veggie plots housed in individual recycled apple crates – the majority which are leased to the public. All the restaurants and cafes at Fed Square have their own plot, where they’ll be growing fresh ingredients to use in their daily menus.

You will also find  a community demonstration veggie garden, shop and information centre in what will be Melbourne’s biggest community garden! Click here to learn more.


Groups at Urban Camp 

Plan Australia

The Plan Youth Project Team is a group of young people aged 15-25 who want to make a difference in the world and inspire others to join the Plan global movement. Plan works at grassroots in 50 developing countries to empower communities to overcome poverty so that children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The team met at Urban Camp earlier this year to get inspired and start planning for the year ahead. They will be working together across the year on projects they design which they hope will inspire others to learn about and engage with the issue of Child Rights.


The Mirabel Foundation

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. The Mirabel Foundation currently supports 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. They provide camps, day activities, educational support and carer support. The Mirabel Foundation recently joined the Urban Camp Co-operative and participated in their first camp experience with us. To learn more about the Mirabel Foundation and their recent experience at Urban Camp refer to our latest e-newsletter. September 2011 E-newsletter.


Challenge Urban Camp

Challenge is a not for profit organisation that supports children living with cancer and their families', from the time of diagnosis, through the treatment period and beyond. Just one of the many ways we do this is by running camps for the kids and their siblings. This year we were delighted to run our urban camp at the aptly named Urban Camp. One of the kids even remarked how kind it was of them to name their camp just for us!

With 54 kids aged 8-12 and a group of brave leaders we headed out to see the best of what Melbourne has to offer. We enjoyed a jam-packed week including activities such as the Royal Melbourne Show, kite flying in Royal Park, circus skills and lacrosse workshops, a day trip to Philip Island to get lost in a maze and watch the penguins struggle in for the night, an MCG tour, a loud afternoon of bowling and galactic circus, a very special stay overnight at the Melbourne Museum, a day out with the animals at Werribee Zoo and finally onto the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre to brave the wave pool and slides.

Melbourne certainly is a fantastic place to spend time with friends and all of our kids managed to gain just that on camp. Thanks to all the wonderful staff at Urban Camp who provided us with a safe haven at their fantastic camp to come home to everyday. What an oasis in the middle of the city.

The Challenge Team



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2019 Meeting Schedule:


25 February

29 April

3 June

12 August

21 October

18 November - AGM



Glyn Williams - Chairperson

Sharne Brennan

Evan Dukas

Nicole Bradshaw - Treasurer

Julie McCormack

Nick Mooney

Daniel Whykes - Chief Executive Officer



Group leaders are reminded that our TV/DVD setup in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 can accommodate digital camera connections for photo displays when you get back to camp at day's end. Just bring your cord and plug in.

Urban Camp has a speaker available that is compatible with iPhone, Android, iPod and MP3 devices with the use of an auxiliary cord. A CD player and computer speakers are also on hand.


From the Chief Executive Officer

The year of 2018 has proved to be a busy one for Urban Camp attracting just over 230 school and community groups. With 147 of those groups coming from Victorian Primary Schools.


As the year comes to a close we thank each and everyone of you for being a part of what Urban Camp has to offer. In total we had a total of 8,656 guests visit us throughout the year which is once again an increase on the previous year. We all look forward to seeing you again in 2019.


Many Thanks

Daniel Whykes

Chief Executive Officer












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