Urban Camp

The Urban Camp initiative seeks to educate and influence a new generation of young people to understand the issues facing disadvantaged Australians.

School students assist in the Brotherhood's warehouse, sorting donated books.

Over three to five days, through observation, discussion and practical activities, students explore the issues of social inequality, injustice and social exclusion.

Students engage with Brotherhood clients and contribute to the welfare of disadvantaged people, both young and old. Our camps have had a positive impact on students, expanding their knowledge and improving their wellbeing through appreciation of their own lives and the experience of helping others.

On camp students will:

  • prepare and serve lunch to members of the Coolibah Centre – the first senior citizens centre in Victoria, run for older people experiencing disadvantage
  • help out at the Breakfast Club by providing a healthy breakfast to children living in and near the Atherton Gardens housing estate
  • learn about issues facing refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia, through personal interaction
  • reflect on their experiences through guided discussion.

Urban Camp helps students to:

  • increase their understanding of the need for social justice and community development
  • increase their understanding of the life journey of disadvantaged people
  • have a greater appreciation of their own lives
  • meet people they would not otherwise encounter in their daily lives.

Who is eligible

The camp is designed for secondary school students, particularly those in Years 9 to 11.


Contact us

For further information about Urban Camp, please contact:
Stephanie Livingstone, Schools Engagement Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9483 1319
Email: slivingstone(at)bsl.org.au

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