Camp History & Pics below

Mission: Developing Youth Leadership in Sustainable Design

Core Values: Community Contribution, Responsibility and Active Conservation

‘We imagined a sustainable camp for young people.’


– Dean and Annette Turner, founders

Camp History:

1998 Dean and Annette arrive in September in ‘Gus the Bus’ to start The Crossing

1999 Volunteer Board established

2003 Voluntary Conservation Agreement with National Parks and Wildlife signed onto the land title, protecting the land in perpetuity

2005 Awarded Best Conservation Project in Australia’ by International Student Volunteers, the Crossing’s first international partner organisation.

2006 Environmental Education Trust established as a ‘Registered Australian Environmental Organisation’ with tax deductible status Dean and Annette gifted the land of The Crossing to the newly formed Trust.

2010 Recognised as a Landcare group for the Far South Coast Landcare Association and became a member of South East Producers

2013 Second trainee Sam Hodder receives ’NSW School-based Trainee of the Year′  for Conservation Land Management

2014 Project Director, Dean Turner becomes conservation representative to the Board of the adjacent Biamanga National Park, owned by Aboriginal people. The Crossing begins an international partnership with Pacific Discovery.

2016 Third trainee Luka Hodder receives ‘South Coast Region School-based Trainee of the Year

2018 Commencement of Airbnb hosting on weekends and school holidays for families

2019 ‘Serversaurus’ becomes our first ‘1percentfortheplanet’ corporate sponsor.  Superhost status achieved with Airbnb.

2020 Black Summer Fires ‘Fire Edge Road Gatherings’ held at The Crossing leading to Fire Retardant Landscape Design and Cool Burning Preparation Workshops for fire affected people and a Facebook Group ‘The Badja Fire Edge Roads’ to share fire preparation experiences and tips

2021-23 Bushfire Local Economic Recovery design work to improve The Crossing’s fire readiness and provide Fire Recovery workshops, local leadership development and a young adult Aboriginal On-Country training program

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The Crossing Land Education Camp with Biamanga National Park behind 2018

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