The Crossing Land is a unique sustainable ‘one class camp’ with 28 student bunk beds and three twin/double adult rooms. The Crossing is 4 hours from Canberra & Wollongong, 7 hours from Sydney and 10 hours from Melbourne. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking & canoeing are all possible in a journey-based program for groups.
Many camp programs at The Crossing are for secondary or tertiary schools including NSW, interstate and international groups. A special weekend Landcare Adventure is offered for Yr6/7 in November, a Landcare Wild Weekend for Year 8/9 in May and a Land Leaders Camp for Year 10 in June . There is also a special 9 day Sea to Snow Journey each October holidays for Year 9/10/11 students with a qualifying 3 day training camp prior in late August. A Songmakers Camp is also held for youth every February prior to the start of the Cobargo Folk Festival Crossing Youth Stage.
For adults (with occassional young people) we host an annual grafting workshop in late August, a natural beekeeping workshop in September and an annual two week Permaculture Design course in the Easter holidays.
From the start of December to the end of May each year the Crossing is also available for Family Camp bookings and you can talk to our Program Host Lil about this and the Airb&b experiences we offer called ‘Permaculture in the Bush’.
‘I finally understand what my biology teacher was going on about’ – Pat
- How do I book in?
See Group Bookings.
- Do you arrange transportation to and from The Crossing?
That is usually for the school or university to organise. However, we do have 14 spare seats on our minibus and can pick up and drop you off from public transport (a less costly and environmentally friendly option). V-Line buses come from Melbourne and Premier Motor Services buses come from Sydney to Bermagui . A Murrays bus also comes from Canberra to Narooma (half an hour to our north). You can also organise a coach or minibus to us.
- How much does it cost?
The program cost varies depending on arrival and departure times, pick up point, number of days and whether you add mountain biking. One accompanying teacher is free of charge. Base rate is currently $115/day fully catered with appropriate staffing ratios for outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking and our Landcare and permaculture design activities.
- How many teachers need to accompany a group?
The Project Director for The Crossing is also a qualified teacher and we can supply male and female staff to meet appropriate ratios with current Working with Children Checks and appropriate qualifications. Most schools send at least one teacher as a school representative to ensure appropriate student standards. The Crossing budgets for one teacher free of charge. If a school chooses to send more than one teacher we charge the standard student price for each extra teacher.
- Is the teacher required to participate?
We do things as a community at The Crossing. We ask that teachers participate in the journey, landcare and sustainable design tasks wherever possible. Journeys with The Crossing are a unique opportunity to get to know students outside of the classroom environment. We also ask that the teacher assist with upholding their school’s relevant standards of behaviour and code of conduct and especially to ensure that students also have sufficient sleep for their health on camp.
- Are the The Crossing staff sufficiently trained and experienced?
Yes they are. We have a mixture of trained outdoor professionals and staff with experience in a myriad of different areas. The Crossing staff members meet relevant ratios with appropriate training and experience for the activities.
- How do I explain the camp to students?
You could start with:
‘it’s a sustainably designed camp, with a train carraige bunkhouse, on a river near the sea. The camp is surrounded by coastal National Parks and farmland. Many groups arrive with a bushwalk into camp and leave at the end by canoe. We get to harvest organic food grown in the camp gardens and make great meals. It’s a really practical and hands-on place with smart design. It teaches how to be sustainable and we get to help with Landcare and design projects.’
‘They also have follow-on programs if you want to go back again with a friend, including weekend programs and their biggest program is a 9 day journey from the Sea to the Snow.’
The Crossing’s website forms are available to download on the right hand column of this page.
- How is The Crossing prepared for bushfire and extreme or catastrophic days?
The Crossing Risk Management Plan covers a wide range of scenarios, not the least being how we manage fire.
The Crossing has specific procedures to manage bushfire. These procedures have been developed sourcing reference information from the Department of Education and other outdoor education providers.
Extreme and catastrophic fire days are declared by 5 pm on the previous day by the Rural Fire Service (RFS). The school will be informed of movement of young people on or before extreme and catastrophic fire days and communication maintained.
On catastrophic days no students will be at The Crossing or on a journey – they will leave prior to the day and remain off the property for that day – in a safe zone in Bermagui. Young people on a journey will also be taken off that journey before extreme days and returned to the Crossing. Prior to catastrophic days young people would return to their school if it is safe to do so.