Thursday, 18 April 2019

Camp Chew June 2019

BLACK2NATURE 
CAMP CHEW

Friday 22 June 2019 to Saturday 22 June 2019


Camp Chew 2017
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Book onto this amazing nature camp for children aged 7-11 years. The camp is organised by Black2Nature who have been organising nature camps for inner city Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) children and young people since 2015. The primary age children come to Camp Chew which takes place in Compton Martin in the Chew Valley just south of Bristol to spend the weekend birding and getting involved with nature. 




Camp Chew March 2019
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It is aimed at children who have no experience of nature and in many cases have never been to the countryside or camped. One of our aims is to promote community cohesion and so we encourage children from all backgrounds and areas to attend, as well as those already with a keen interest in nature who we hope will share their passion. 



Camp Chew March 2019
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In March 2019 most of our children were VME and/or lived in Bristol's areas of deprivation. We have plenty to help to ensure that the chidren are kept safe. We have a 17 seater minibus picking up from around Bristol.


Camp Chew March 2019
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Children may come with a friend but we can not guarantee that they can share a tent with more than one friends as the camp is committed to promoting community cohesion.


We take safety very seriously and so girls and boys sleep in separate tents with adults sleeping at the entrance, making it impossibe for strangers to enter undetected. DBS checked adults will be supervising the children at all times. All food prepared at the camp is vegetarian. We may offer halal fish and chips and a vegetarian option for lunch on Saturday at Chew Valley Lake (Salt & Malt - fish & chips https://saltmalt.com/chew-valley/takeaway/) if this is available. Otherwise, we will be having a picnic lunch.


Camp Chew - Friday 21/06/2019




Sports at Camp Chew March 2019
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4.30 pm Pick up Bristol City Centre

5.30 pm Drop off CMAF for Chew Valley children

5.45 pm Minibus arriving at CMAF


Activities


Setting up camp 
Camp cooking
Socialising/rugby & parachute sessions
Dinner by campfire


Camp Chew - Saturday 22/06/2019




Camp Chew 2017
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Camp Chew March 2019
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3.45 pm Pick up CMAF & finish


4.30 pm Drop off Bristol City Centre


Activities


Bird ringing
Mothing

Nature walks
Birdwatching from hides
Growing food at The Community Farm
Sports activities such as football/cricket
Ice-creams


Friday 21 June 2019 to Saturday 22 June 2019

Please see separate kit list & ask your children to bring only 1 small packet of veggie sweets/snacks, drop nothing & recycle everything 

Camp Chew – Programme



Friday 29th March 2019

All activities dependent on weather


5.45 pm – 7.00 pm (CMAF)
Set up camp, camp cooking, sports & time to socialize

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (CMAF)
Dinner by the campfire & toasting marshmallows


Saturday 30th March 2019


7.45 am – 8.30 am (CMAF) Camp breakfast



8.45 am - 11.15 am (CVRS)
Bird ringing demonstration and looking at moths



11.15 am – 11.30 am (CVRS)
Refreshments 


11.45 am – 1.15 pm (CVLPS)
Farming workshop & lunch


1.30 pm – 3.15 pm (CVL)
Birdwatching in bird hides & nature walk


3.15 pm - 3.30 pm (CVLHB)
Ice-creams

3.45 pm (CMAF)
Pick up and finish 


Key to locations

CMAF – Compton Martin Amenity Field, The Street, Compton Martin, Bristol, BS40 6JN


CVRS – Chew Valley Ringing Station, Bishop Sutton, Bristol, BS40 6HN (from Herriots Bridge turn right opposite mirror)



CVLHB - Chew Valley Lake, Herriots Bridge, A368, Bishop Sutton, Bristol, BS40 8XS



CVL – Chew Valley Lake using Morton Hide accessed from the B1134, coming from CMAF turn right between the Blue Bowl and Herons Green.



Camp Chew March 2019
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Cost

£10.00 per person


Grants

Free places are available to those children who would otherwise not be able to come for example who are from areas of deprivation, are VME or are disadvantaged. Camp Avalon recognises that there are almost no young birders from VME backgrounds and so hope that these grants will encourage disadvantaged children to be able to attend. All equipment needed will also be loaned for the weekend.


Black2Nature



Thank you to Compton Martin Village Hall and the many people who have supported Black2Nature and these camps and to Chew Valley Ringing Station and the birders who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders. 


Thank you to Opticron for the donation of five pairs of compact binoculars and discounted optical equipment to this project and to Bristol Ornithological Society for the donation of £2500 for 20 pairs of binoculars.

Thank you also to Go Outdoors for discounted camping equipment and Blenheim Scouts for discounted use of their minibus.





Thank you also to Burns Price Foundation, Quartet Community Funding, Community Access Support Services and Alpkit for helping to fund our projects. 



Transport


Free transport is available to and from Bristol, with pickup from St Paul's Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, St Paul's. 



How to Book

Please book on Eventbrite or e-mail helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk with your name, address, phone number and date of birth and your child's name and date of birth with any dietary requirements. Please also get in touch if you would like to get involved by volunteering.




About the Author




Young environmentalist and birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig 
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Camp Avalon and Camp Chew are the ideas of Mya-Rose Craig, who also organised the first events in 2015. She is organising the 2017 camp with the organisation she has formed Black2Nature and hopes to attract more young birders and inner-city teenagers.



Mya-Rose Craig is a 16-year-old young British Bangladeshi birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes posts about birding, conservation and environmental issues from around the world. 



She has been involved in the UK organisation of the Youth Strikes encouraging young people from around the world to not go to school once a month and protest instead demanding immediate action to prevent climate breakdown. This is an interview in New Statesman.





She was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer-songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people




She organised four nature camps for children and teenagers since 2015 and is helping to run four more in 2019. She also organised a conference, Race Equality in Nature, in June 2016 aiming to increase the ethnic diversity in nature and plans two more in 2019. She has also set up Black2Nature with the aim of working with organisations to increase the access to nature of Visible Minority Ethnic people and is President. Please connect with her on LinkedIn (Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig) so that she can invite you to join the Race Equality in Nature LinkedIn Group and be part of the change. 


She has given over 50 talks, speaking at conferences such as being on a panel with George Monbiot and Caroline Lucas on Sustainability and the Future of Cities. She is a Minister in Chris Packham's Manifesto for Nature in 2018 and spoke in front of 10,000 people at the Walk for Nature. She has also appeared on TV and radio and is particularly proud of being in Silent Roars, a short film which was part of Listen to Britain 2017 https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-silent-roars-2017-online


She has been awarded the Bath and West Show Environmental Youth Award 2017 for Bristol for her Black2Nature work EYA 2017. She was also listed as one of Bristol's BME top 100 powerlist.


She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent. She became the youngest person to see 5000 birds in 2019 age 16 and is looking forward to visiting Brazil birding in 2019 and hopes to see half the birds in the world there. Please also like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter. If you would like to contact Mya-Rose about her work, please e-mail helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk.






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