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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.”...

Packages / 16.02.2017

Outdoor Education QueenslandTerm One is generally seen as “peak time” for school camps and Outdoor Education, but Queensland’s great climate and wonderful attractions means every term is a great time for a school camp or expedition.  Our staff put their heads together to come up with the reasons why every term is a good one for a school camp in Queensland. Term One (Formation): The best reasons for a school camp in Term One is formation and leadership.  At Grade 7 level it’s an opportunity to take the cohort away to bond students from different primary schools.  Grade 12s get away lot for leadership programs as they start on the journey of their final year at school.  Music ensembles go on weekend camps to get a head start before the Eisteddfod season.  One of the great things about early year camps is it solidifies relationships and helps teachers see their students respond to challenges outside of the classroom. 
QCCC Brookfield, QCCC Expeditions, QCCC Mapleton, QCCC Tamborine / 30.01.2017

Just after peak hour motorists on Queensland’s major highways will often see fleets of buses heading in all directions – particularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These cavalcades are one of the best ways to understand the scope and breadth of the Outdoor Education industry in our State, with Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) one of the major contributors in Queensland....

Our Staff, QCCC Mapleton, R1202 / 29.12.2016

The Climbing Wall at QCCC Mapleton, one of the Sunshine Coast’s larger Outdoor Education Centres, has been getting a remarkable summer face-lift ahead of another busy school year. The wall at Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) Mapleton is 10 metres tall, 18 metres wide and has 50 different climbing routes on a double-belay system. The site caters to 20,000 school students annually making it one of Queensland’s busiest school campsites. In...

Our Staff, Packages, QCCC Brookfield / 21.12.2016

Brisbane School CamspiteQueensland Health has been recently been conducting exhaustive health and safety audits of Queensland school campsites prompted by a viral gastroenteritis outbreak at a Grade 4 camp at a competitor site, impacting 40 children.  Queensland Health are keen to establish school campsites are doing their utmost to prevent a recurrence of this episode. It has been gratifying for QCCC staff to be informed we're “best-practice” by Queensland Health officials, with QCCC’s commitment to excellence favourably compared to some of Queensland’s top resorts. In the last week it was the turn of our Brisbane Campsite, QCCC Brookfield, to be audited.  As expected, Brookfield received an excellent report.  This was of little surprise to the Brookfield staff given their participation in Brisbane City Council’s Eat Safe program which rates the health and safety of catering facilities by a star-rating system.
QCCC Mapleton / 14.12.2016

The new Accommodation at QCCC's flagship Mapleton site is progressing well and is on track to be available for schools in early 2017. Dodging the occasional thunderstorm, the roof is now installed and the new accommodation block is nearing lock-up stage. Early in the new year it will be ready for Council and fire inspections and as soon as the accommodation has the green light guests will be able to move in. The new building...

Our Staff / 29.11.2016

Following an extensive selection process, we are excited to announce QCCC will commence our CAMPFIRE Internship program in January 2017. Four outstanding young men have been selected to the pioneer intake. The interns will also be given a thorough grounding in the organising principles of Aboriginal society by experienced leaders. They will receive qualifications in Outdoor Education and receive intensive mentoring from a committed Christian community. Looking forward to 2018, we are very keen to receive applications...