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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.
QCCC Expeditions, QCCC Tamborine / 13.04.2017

For many humans owning, and being able to ride a bicycle, is our first experience of independence. I scrimped and saved my pocket money and at age ten excitedly bought my first bike, a 10-speed, off-the-rack “Western Flyer”. Said purchase opened up several suburban blocks to me, and long afternoons with the neighbourhood kids racing circuits. It also meant I was expected to ride the 7km to school each morning – didn’t...

QCCC Tamborine, R1202 / 23.03.2017

Outdoor Education Gold Coast QueenslandQCCC’s Outdoor Education programs commenced in 1994 with the employment of Neil Robinson – one of the pioneers of Outdoor Education in Queensland, and a finalist in the Queensland Outdoor Education Federation Awards last year.  Applying exacting standards to QCCC’s Outdoor Education programs, Neil has been instrumental in developing QCCC’s reputation as one of Queensland’s leading providers of innovative and best-practice programs. Some of the things said about Neil and QCCC’s Outdoor Education programs in the QORF Awards last year include: “Two decades after he commenced Neil trains and operates his Outdoor Education to an exacting standard, never being satisfied with anything less than industry best-practice.  Many instructors who work for him have been with the organisation for ten years or more, an extraordinary statistic in an industry with significant turnover.
Our Staff, Reflections on culture / 09.03.2017

QCCC’s work with several Aboriginal groups has given us a deeper understanding of the ancient ways of our continent. Our Aboriginal brethren are this country’s original Outdoor Education – their entire survival depended upon passing on the wisdom vital to the stewardship of their natural environment. In the words of one of them – “this country is literally connected by ancient stories (songs actually) that were essential for effective and respectful travel.”...