Surge Camp

Surge Camp runs every year through the UMSU Education department.

This page is for the 2019 camp and will be updated when tickets for the 2020 camp  are released.


What is it?

Surge Camp is an activist retreat. It’s the only camp at the University of Melbourne run by activists and for activists. We’ll be spending 3 days and 2 nights doing workshops such as, The Climate Crisis – Where are we now? and Building Power to Launch at Politics. Amongst these workshops there’ll be downtime to go on hikes, explore a part of country Victoria and make some new friends. Surge Camp is run by UMSU’s Education Department and operates under the UMSU code of conduct.

Who can come?

Surge Camp is for any current student at the University of Melbourne – post graduate students included – who wants to learn and be part of a better society.

Where is it?

PGL Campaspe Downs is in Kyneton has done multiple camps for the University of Melbourne Student Union before.

How do we get there?

We’ll be meeting at Union House on Friday morning, 11am and catch a tram down to Southern Cross station. Then we’ll be taking the V-Line (paid for through your ticket) from Southern Cross Station to Kyneton Station. From there we’ll get on shuttle buses to the campsite.

How do we get home?

Obviously the quick answer is – the same way we came. Understandably everyone may not need to  go all the way back to UniMelb, so we’ll depart ways at Southern Cross Station on the V-Line (also paid for through your ticket).

How much is Surge Camp? And what’s covered in the price?

$50AUD. All your accomodation, all your food! And your V-Line tickets (return).

I am so excited! How do I attend this amazing camp?

Glad to see you’re keen! Registration is easy, follow this link right here: Surge Camp Registration

If you’re struggling under financial strain but still really want to come to Surge Camp we can offer your a partial or full scholarship of the ticket price. Fill in this form: Surge Financial Assistance and we’ll be in contact soon

Who’re your leaders?

Surge Camp is run by the Education Department of UMSU. Your go to organiser of the event is this gal:

Charli Fouhy

She’s an Electrical Systems Science student from Far North Qld originally. She’s a massive environmentalist, unionist and all round general leftist. She’ll be running 3 of the workshops, The good and bad of the Environment MovementWhat is a union and am I a unionist and Tricks to getting active (not in the exercise way).