Urban Camp marks 40 years

Urban Camp marks 40 years

For the past 40 years, Urban Camp Melbourne has served as a unique bridge between urban and rural lifestyles, offering an extraordinary camping experience right in the heart of the city.

Since its establishment in 1984, the camp has been a haven for schools and community groups, offering a nurturing environment outside the traditional classroom and home settings.

With its purpose-built 128-bed facility, Urban Camp serves as a home base for young people from regional areas to explore Melbourne’s vibrant cultural, educational, and recreational offerings.

Situated in Royal Park, Urban Camp provides an opportunity for regional, remote, and Indigenous students to immerse themselves in city life while also connecting with their peers.

“Over the past 40 years, Urban Camp has helped more than 250,000 young people,” CEO Elizabeth Compton said.

“It has been an honour to continue to uphold the passion of the teachers from Kensington Community School who began Urban Camp and continuously showcase the very best of our vibrant city.”



Hosting 10,000 students annually, Urban Camp is the only dedicated school camp facility in Melbourne, offering free programming and collaborating with schools to tailor individualised itineraries that blend entertainment with education.

During the three-day camps, students have the opportunity to visit eight of Melbourne’s most renowned attractions, including the Melbourne Zoo, MCG, The Big Issue Classroom, the Shrine of Remembrance, and Scienceworks.

“For many of our students, Urban Camp offers their first glimpse into Melbourne city life,” Ms Compton said.

“For some, this not only marks their introduction to public transport and Melbourne’s culture, but also an initial opportunity to grasp the stark contrasts, unique challenges and opportunities that distinguish the city from their hometown.” •

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