Our first camp for this year will be our jEYE Camp – open 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.
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.
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!
Registration 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…
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.
P: 0423 362 844
E: info (AT) cel.org.au
A: PO Box 528, Bellingen NSW 2454
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