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QCCC Mapleton / 16.11.2017

Aboriginal Campsite QueenslandQueensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) and Goombuckar Pty Ltd are delighted to announce a relationship agreement with the determined native title holders for the Blackall Range, the Jinibara People Aboriginal Corporation (JPAC).   The agreement accepts and endorses Aboriginal Cultural Awareness activities for delivery at QCCC Mapleton’s Outdoor Education campus. As the closest Outdoor Education facility to Baroon Pocket, historical venue of one of three traditional Bunya Festivals, Mapleton is the ideal location for educational activities to promote ideas of reconciliation and collaboration to future generations of domestic and international guests. 
Our Staff, QCCC Mapleton / 30.10.2017

Queensland Outdoor Education awardsQCCC’s Senior Supervisor of Outdoor Education, Neil Robinson, has received the recognition and accolade he’s due from his industry peers, taking home the Queensland Government Outstanding Achievement Award (Individual) from the annual Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) Awards on Friday night. Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) won the Outstanding Organisation Award in 2013 largely off the back of the successful team Neil has assembled over more than two decades of service with the organisation.  Neil is a trusted pioneer of Outdoor Education in Queensland, joining the staff at QCCC Mapleton in 1994 to start a one-man operation. From humble beginnings QCCC is now one of the largest providers of Outdoor Education programming in Queensland, catering to nearly 20,000 participants annually.
QCCC Mapleton, Uncategorized / 20.10.2017

In the age of social media and easy access to cameras, drones and editing suites, schools are capable of producing some amazing videos of their students' educational experiences.  Every now and again one gets placed on the internet that we just have to share!  Using a week's worth of footage, including from a drone, this incredible video captures the heart and soul of the school camp and outdoor education experience at QCCC Mapleton.  We've been a part of the Queensland community for ninety years and value the partnerships we have with hundreds of Queensland schools and community groups.
Our Staff, QCCC Mapleton / 11.10.2017

QCCC Mapleton / 27.09.2017

The Bunya Tree has a special place in the history of the Blackall Range.  They’re a symbol of abundance and were the catalyst for the tri-annual Bunya Festival – a relational corroboree where stories and skills were exchanged, conflicts resolved and stories told.  Explorer Tom Petrie wrote in the early 1800s about the importance of the Bunya Tree to aboriginal life, documenting how the women would congregate around trees felled by “settlers” and mourn each tree for weeks. Petrie was so moved by the love the Aboriginal people had for their Bunya trees that he prevailed on the government of the day to declare a large swathe of land north of Brisbane a protectorate, arguably the first attempt at a nature reserve in the world.  Sadly one of the first acts of Parliament for the new Colony of Queensland was to reverse this legislation and allow felling to re-commence.  However, majestic examples of the Bunya tree still remained, none more so than the twin Bunya peaks in the grounds of Mapleton State School.  Sadly one of these was lost to a lightning strike a few years ago.
Our Staff, Packages / 04.09.2017

Campsite Cafe QueenslandTeachers place a high value on their school’s outdoor education and camping programs.  Many tell us it’s the best time they get to spend with their students - an opportunity to build both peer-level and teacher-student relationships.  They also say camp establishes an environment for out-of-the-ordinary experiences, which tend to be remembered more than experiences in ordinary settings. Little wonder then that teachers invest so much time and energy to take their classes away on camps where they can have both a quality Outdoor Education experience and observe their class in setting outside of the everyday routine.
Packages, QCCC Tamborine / 28.07.2017

Theme Park Group Accommodation One of the things Queensland’s Gold Coast is most famous for is its Theme Parks.  As the Gold Coast’s largest school campsite QCCC Tamborine is a great destination for school groups and tours looking for an affordable accommodation package for their Theme Park Camp. It’s just a short drive down the mountain to Dreamworld, MovieWorld, Wet n’ Wild and the Outback Spectacular.  SeaWorld is not too much further.  Offering modern and comfortable accommodation QCCC Tamborine can provide a fully catered camp package from groups as small as 20 to the full capacity of the precinct, 450 people!
QCCC Brookfield / 12.07.2017

Brisbane School Camps; Brisbane CampsiteWith Queensland being Australia’s most de-populated State in Australia a Brisbane School Camp is a great format for regional schools to expose their students to the State’s capital.  Located just a short 20 minute from the CBD, QCCC Brookfield is the closest exclusive school camp site to all the activities and delights of Brisbane city.  That’s why the focus of QCCC Brookfield is on its home city – Brisbane. As one of few camping options within the city it is highly sought after by country schools from all over the State.  Schools from as far away as Cairns and the Whitsundays are regular visitors.
Packages, QCCC Brookfield, QCCC Expeditions, QCCC Mapleton, QCCC Tamborine, R1202 / 07.06.2017

Outdoor Education Queensland, QORF, Queensland School Camps, Adventure Camps Queensland, Recreation Camps QueenslandWe recently had a school at one of our sites who had to bring some classroom work with them because there were some assessment deadlines they couldn’t shift for camp.  They didn’t like doing it – the preference of many schools is to make camp a time away from the pressures of the classroom.  That doesn’t mean however that schools, students and parents shouldn’t expect learning and educational outcomes from their Queensland school camp experience. A quality school camp should be what psychologists call a “liminal” experience.  A liminal space is a place of transition, waiting, and growth.  Liminality happens when you get removed from your everyday environment into a place of experience, learning and relational memory. When booking a camp it is important to understand the subtle distinctions operators make between their programs.  Calling a camping program a “recreational” or “adventure” package means it’s probably a very different experience to an Outdoor Education program.  There’s not anything wrong with any of these options, but it matters when you book to know that they have a different focus and outcomes.