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Last Chance to Register for Art of Survival Senior EYE Camp!

The Art of Survival EYE camp is right around the corner – if you are in Year 9 or up, now is the time to register!  Camp coordinators Tyler Parkes and Lisa Siegel have been meeting with Senior EYE leaders for the last six weeks  – brainstorming, creating the theme, and filling in the framework for the upcoming camp. The EYE leaders  are looking to improve on what has already been amazing – and have created  a hybrid camp that will explore the arts,  develop primitive skills and also look at the hot enviro topic of species survival versus collapse.

Bellingen EYE has enlisted some phenomenal mentors to teach these activities: the amazing Nick Warfield who will share his recycled art with us; the always entertaining Andrew Turbill who will lead Shelter Building and the famous Debate; our favourite Eco-Ninja Pip Glover doing movement; and EYE graduates/excellent artists Holly and Uma leading an exploration of Art in Nature. Rosa is even coming out of the kitchen  for a bit to share some campfire cooking skill with us. In short, we are all set for a heart pumping, adrenalin filled long weekend up at the stunning Cascade Environmental Education Centre. Saturday, June 6th- Monday, June 8th. SEE YOU THERE!

jEYE Camp 2015

First jEYE Camp for 2015 announced

Our first camp for this year will be our jEYE Campopen to all young people in Year 7 and 8 – from Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th of March at Cascade Environmental Education Centre. In a beautiful bush setting, we will practice basic survival and nature awareness skills and learn about important environmental issues. We will also plan ‘Eat the Street’ projects that we will work on during the year, enjoy great food (mostly local & organic), have heaps of fun while making many new friends.

To register and for more info, contact Olivia on info(AT)cel.org.au or 0408 322 393.

Dates for all other camps for the year are being worked out as we type! Stay tuned and check the next CEL Newsletter.

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New England Youth Wilderness Walk

NEWS FLASH!  The National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has formed a partnership with CEL for Parks Week 2015 to create an awesome ranger guided, 2 night hike for youth between Point Lookout and Brinerville in the Bellinger Valley.  Local bushwalk leader and NPWS Coordinator Andrew Turbill is now inviting expressions of interest for up to 16 interested and adventurous youth between 16 – 25 years old who are keen to take the challenge.  The hike will cover the full breadth of the upper Bellinger Valley and descends some 1000m in altitude over two days of walking.  As this will be a full pack hike you will need access to a good backpack, light sleeping bag and tent/tarps.  Local Bellingen EYE mentors will be there too to lend a hand along the trek!  The cost of the NPWS New England Youth Wilderness Walk is only $90.

Contact Andrew on andrew.turbill@environment.nsw.gov.au or phone 0428 247 297 for bookings or more info.

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Upper Bellinger Hiking Adventure

As yet another storm broke over the Bellinger valley on early Friday afternoon last week 13 intrepid hikers (10 senior EYE and 3 adult mentors), carrying everything on their backs they would need for the next 3 days, bravely set off on an awesome adventure into the remote New England National Park.  Later that afternoon, with distant thunder rumbling through the lush valley, we sat around a cracking camp fire by the river eating freshly caught freshwater bass and enjoyed a well-deserved rest  in preparation for our challenging wilderness walk the next day to the summit of the 700m high volcanic formation known as the Crescent. This deeply immersive experience (literally!) marks the last Senior EYE camp for 2014 and sets the gold standard for a new style of EYE adventuring in years to come!

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Registration is now open for our first Bushwalking Camp for Senior EYEs

Senior EYE bushwalk_CELRegistration is now open for our first Bushwalking Camp for Senior EYEs, youth in Year 9 and above, from the 5th to the 7th of December! Numbers strictly limited – 16 participants only – so book early to avoid disappointment! This will be a camp like no other – everything we need for 3 days living simply in the remote upper Bellinger valley we will carry in on our backs. This is the real deal. We will be practicing our bushskill crafts, including making shelter and fire for cooking our dinner (no matches allowed on this camp!).  We will also use map and compass skills on a trackless wilderness walk to the summit of the geologically famous “Crescent” – the rugged throat of the ancient Ebor Volcano.  Many know of this iconic landmark but few have actually ATE LUNCH on its soaring cliff tops…

More details on Senior EYE Bushwalk, 5-7 December

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Registration is now open for jEYE Camp

Registration is now open for the next jEYE Camp, which will be from the 7th to the 9th of November at Cascade Environmental Education Centre. Book early, don’t miss out, this will be a really awesome camp, with awesome mentors and focus on developing our fire making skills, including primitive fire making, bush & local food and nature awareness skills – plus, of course heaps of fun with friends, as always! This camp is open to young people in Year 7 and 8.

More details for jEYE Camp, Nov 7-9