Kit List Camp Avalon for those being dropped off

Kit List Camp Avalon for those being dropped off

CAMP AVALON KIT LIST
For teenagers being dropped off

 
Please note: This list is for guidance 
Please label everything with the child’s name
General
Small holdall or bag to carry belongings
(no large suitcases, large bags or plastic bags)

Completed and signed parent consent forms

Camping Gear
2 Season sleeping bag or duvet
1 Folding camp or garden chair
1 Torch/phone with a torch
Mealtimes
Plastic drinks bottle (to carry a drink during activities)
Extra blanket for sitting on (if you have one)
1 small packet of snacks or sweets (must be vegetarian and nut-free eg jelly tots)
Clothing (in addition to what they arrive in)
The number of clothes must be sufficient for 3 day/2 nights with a spare set of clothes in case of rain or cold
1 Warm comfortable clothes for bedtime (it might be cold)
3 T-shirt
2 Warm tracksuit-top/fleece/hoodie
2 Outdoor trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not ideal but acceptable)
3 Pairs underwear & socks (thick socks if you are wearing wellies or boots)
1 Walking boots, wellies or old trainers
1 Warm waterproof coat
1 Cap (so no hair styling needed)
1 Woolly hat (if the weather is cool)
Other items
1 small towel or flannel
Washing kit (minimum of toothbrush and paste & comb)
Bin liner (for wet/dirty clothes)
Suncream and hay fever medication
Medication – must be named, in a clear plastic bag and handed in or if needed kept in a safe place
1 mobile phone may be brought but is not needed
1 pair binoculars (if you have or can borrow them)
1 digital camera (if you have one or can borrow one)
Do not take to camp:
Anything electronic, except a mobile phone, such as electronic games, MP3 players, I-pods, etc. They are too easily lost or damaged
Shell suits/nylon clothes – extreme fire injury risk
Aerosols, matches, lighters, or any other flammable liquid or gas – these are dangerous
Anything valuable
Any food items
If you are not sure of anything on, or not on, this list, or do not have items then please ask Helena Craig, who can be contacted on 07798 818772 or campavlonuk@gmail.com 

Camp Avalon 2017
Photograph copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

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Podcast “all about me” for The Sound Approach by Charlie Moores

Podcast “all about me” for The Sound Approach by Charlie Moores


 Young environmentalist and birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

This is a podcast that I did for Charlie Moores from The Sound Approach (TSA) podcast. I am talking about birding in the UK, world birding, Race Equality in Nature, racism, twitter trolls and being President of Black2Nature.

The Sound Approach Podcast interview of Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

An edited version of this podcast is going to be on the Lush shop podcast which I am very excited about as Lush is my favourite shop and perfect for my teen vegetarian/almost vegan, environmentally friendly, low impact products that actually work and smell great to. Also, Lush is a Bristolian slang word which mean lovely or gorgeous. If you Add Gert to make it “Gert Lush” that adds “very”. So Mark Constantine, if you ever read this, I’d love to be a Lush Ambassador!

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Top of Surfbirds

Top of Surfbirds

In February 2019 I saw my 5000th bird in the world, using the IOC world bird list. My 5000th bird was a Rock Bunting which I saw in Aragon, Spain. It was a really special moment, as for me it represents 5,000 beautiful birds, 5,000 birding experiences and 5,000 amazing places. The number just represents all of that in one word.

I am the youngest person in the world to see that many birds and this is the list of young birders on a listing page on a website called Surfbirds. It was quite a fantastic feeling to finally reach the top of it.

Surfbirds Young Birders World List

 

Surfbirds Young Birders World List

 

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Camp Avalon Kit List

Camp Avalon Kit List

CAMP AVALON KIT LIST
Please label everything with the child’s name

Please note
Please do not send your teenagers with any food (it will be taken away), duvets, sleeping bags, pillow or cushions. We will provide sufficient food and snacks, have to be careful of allergies and do not want a group of teenagers on a sugar rush.

General
Small small school backpack to carry belongings
(no large suitcases, large bags or plastic bags)

Clothing (in addition to what they arrive in)
The number of clothes must be sufficient for 3 days /2 nights with a spare set of clothes
1 Warm comfortable clothes for bedtime
2 T-shirt
1 Warm tracksuit-top / fleece / hoodie
1 Outdoor trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not ideal but ok)
2 pairs underwear and socks (thick socks if you are wearing wellies)
1 pair old trainers (as it might  be muddy)
1 waterproof coat
1 Cap (so no hair styling needed)

Other items

1 drinks bottle (to carry a drink during activities)
1 thin blanket (if you have one)
1 small towel or flannel
Washing kit (minimum of toothbrush & comb)
Plastic bag (for wet/dirty clothes)
Suncream and hay fever medication as pollen counts higher in the countryside
Medication – must be named, in a clear plastic bag and handed in or if needed kept in a safe place
1 mobile phone may be brought

Do not take to camp:
Any food items including sweets/snacks
Anything electronic such as electronic games, MP3 players, I-pods, etc. They are too easily damaged or lost
Shell suits/nylon clothes – extreme fire injury risk
Aerosols, matches, lighters, or any other flammable liquid or gas – these are dangerous
Knives or pen knives
Anything valuable

If you are not sure of anything on, or not on, this list, or do not have items then please ask Helena Craig, who can be contacted on 07798 818772 or helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk


Camp Avalon 2017
Photography copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

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Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Details

Camp Avalon 19-21 July 2019 Details

 

BLACK2NATURE

Friday 19 July 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019

Camp Avalon 2017

Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

 

Book onto this amazing nature camp for young people aged 12-18 years. Into its 4th year, Camp Avalon has attracted a number of teenagers to the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury, to spend the weekend birding and getting involved with nature.  It is aimed at those who have no experience of nature and have never been to the countryside or camped as well as those already interested in being outdoors.  These are the links to Birdgirl’s blog posts about the 2015 weekend.

This year we hope to have lots of teenagers who are Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) and or live in the city’s areas of deprivation as well as those who live in the countryside. We will have plenty of activities for both groups.

VME or inner-city teenagers may be accompanied by an adult if they wish but do not need one to attend.

Girls and boys are in separate tents with adults. DBS checked adults will be with the teenagers at all times. All food will be halal.

 

Camp Avalon – Friday Night

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Camp Avalon Mothing Workshop

Copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Mothing Workshop
Copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Mothing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

 

Camp Avalon – Saturday

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Camp Avalon Sketching

Workshop Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Sketching Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Photography workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon photography workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Bird Ringing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Bird Ringing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Bird Ringing Workshop

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Sunday
Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Birding Walk

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Camp Avalon Birding Walk

Photograph taken by and copyright Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

 

Friday 19 July 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019

Camp Avalon – Programme

 

The programme will be finalised shortly depending on final numbers.

Friday 19th July 2019

All activities dependent on weather

 

5.00 pm

Pick-up St Paul’s Learning Centre (CPLC)

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (CS)

Safety briefing, allocating tents and setting up camp

 

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (CS)

Helping cooking and serving dinner

 

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm (CS)

Everybody to help with carrying dishes to the kitchen, washing up and drying and bringing dishes back

 

8.30 pm – 9.30 pm (CS)

Time to socialize and play football

 

9.30 pm – 10.30 pm

Toasting marshmallows over the fire

 

11 pm

Lights out and no more talking – just sleep

 

Saturday 20th July 2019

7.00 am (CS)

Everybody up and get ready

 

7.30 am – 8.00 am (CS) Breakfast at the campsite

 

8.00 am – 11.30 am (HW)

Birding at Ham Wall, searching for Great White Egret, Bittern and lots of other great birds.  Meet at HWCP.

Led by Chris Craig and Shaun Austin
Filming with ITV West News

11.30 am – 12.00 pm (CS)

Refreshment break

 

12.00 pm – 12.30 pm

Feeding animals on the farm

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm (PFW)
Bio Blitzing in 2 teams

Led by Shaun Austin and Helena Craig

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm (CS)

Lunch

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm (PFW)

Wildlife Photography workshop

Led by Shane Austin

 

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (CS)

Refreshment break

 

4.30 pm – 5.00 pm (CS)

Tent inspection

 

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm (CS)

Downtime (only after all belongings packed back into backpacks and tents tidied)

 

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm (CS)

Helping cooking and serving dinner

 

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (CS)

Everybody to help with carrying dishes to the kitchen, washing up and drying and bringing dishes back

 

8.30 pm – 10.30 pm (MD)

Looking for Nightjar and bats on the Mendips (dependent on weather)

Led by Chris Craig

11 pm

Lights out and no more talking – just sleep

 

Sunday 21st July 2019

7.00 am (CS)

Everybody up and get ready

7.30 am – 8.00 am (CS) Breakfast at the campsite

8.00 am – 10.30 am (PFW)

Bird ringing demonstration
Chris Craig, Pete Burston and Mya-Rose Craig
Magazine Photoshoot

10.30 am – 11.00 am (CS)

Refreshment break

11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Walk to Glastonbury Tor

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (CS)

Lunch

1.00 pm – 2.30 pm (CS)

Taking down tents and packing up the campsite
Ayesha Ahmed-Mendoza and Helena Craig

 

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm (CS)

Refreshment break

 

3.00 pm

Finish

4.00 pm

Drop off St Paul’s Learning Centre (SPLC)

 

 

Key to locations

 

SPLC – St Paul’s Learning Centre, Grosvenor Road, St Paul’s, Bristol, BS2 8XJ, telephone 0117 9145470.

CS – Paddington Farm, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JN, Telephone: 01458 832752.

 

PFW – Paddington Farm Woods, near to Camp Site

 

HW – Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, park in the new Ham Wall Car Park if open or Shapwick Heath Car Park opposite, Ashcott Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX

 

MP – Stockhill Woods, Priddy, Mendips, Somerset BA5 3BE (drive through Wells and then follow A39 towards Bristol and Bath, turn left onto Priddy Road and at the crossroads (with the Hunters Rest on the corner) turn right, the woods are on your right and park in the pull-in before the car park).

 

HWCP – Ham Wall RSPB Reserve Car Park, Ashcott Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX

Bittern, Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels, March 2015

Photograph was taken by and copyright Mya-Rose Craig

 

Cost

£20.00 per person including food and camping costs

Grants

Free places are available to those young people (and parents/family if they wish to come) from an area of deprivation or who are VME. Camp Avalon recognises that there are almost no young birders from black or minority ethnic backgrounds and so hope that these grants will encourage disadvantaged young people to be able to attend. All equipment needed will also be loaned for the weekend.

 

Thank you to the volunteers who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders.

Black2Nature

Thank you to Paddington Farm 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 or text 07798818772 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.

 

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