QCCC Mapleton

Big Camp, Big Games, Big Fun Do you remember those times when your class combined with other classes in your year level to play a massive game of ‘Red Rover’ on the school oval? You had to be quick and smart about crossing to the other side of the oval. However, the fastest runner was not always the most likely to win. ‘Red Rover’ is what we would call a “big game” where a large group...

Across our four campsites, we regularly have the pleasure of hosting groups of amazing and talented musicians from all over Queensland who come together for music camps or retreats. These music camps and retreats are opportunities for groups of musicians and orchestras to gather together for not only some focused and uninterrupted practice sessions, but also a time for relationship and community building. Here are some of the key factors why music groups and orchestras choose...

Canoeing – Outdoor Education Activities Have you ever tried canoeing? It looks simple right? Well, there is in fact a lot to it, especially for a first-timer. Becoming an experienced paddler takes skill, patience, and perseverance. We have found that it is quite normal for students new to canoeing to be a little nervous at first. The wobbly canoe when stepping in it to sit down, the unfamiliar weight of the paddle, and having to work with...

Top 5 Australian Cultural Awareness Activities  Australia is truly blessed to have such a culturally rich First Nations People. There is so much to learn from our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. Everything from storytelling, relationships, food, dance, the importance of place, and environment. There is something for both our heads and hearts to embrace from Aboriginal culture. Even practical approaches that can be learned from and applied to everyday living.  At QCCC (Queensland Camping and Conference Centres)...

Top 3 best tent-camping options for Queensland Schools: There’s increasing demand for tent-camping for schools in Queensland, particularly in the adventurous middle school years, Grade 7 through 9.  We look through some of the best tent-camping options available for schools in Southeast Queensland and why they’re worth a look for teachers looking for beautiful locations and great activity options. Kidcaff Farm at Mapleton: A few years ago, the sought-after QCCC Mapleton Outdoor Education Centre purchased a...

The story of coffee at QCCC   Have you heard the news? That’s right, FREE coffee for teachers on school camps at QCCC! At QCCC we understand that coffee is important to our guests and therefore an important part of the hospitality experience. Many Australians have their favourite bean or brew that they may stick to religiously. Many Australians also appreciate the personal touch that their local café has to their service by knowing you by name, and...

Team Dynamic Skills What are the qualities of a good and effective team? What is the most valuable thing about being in a team? There are many possible answers to these questions, however, the value of team is truly something learned in action through having a positive team experience. Children may start to learn teamwork skills within their home family context, the classroom, the sporting field, Scouts, or a club setting. All these contexts are great for...

TOP 5 Outdoor Education and Camp ministry Apps By Jonathan Bestwick - QCCC Outdoor Education Supervisor   Smart devices in outdoor education are a controversial topic. Smart devices are here to stay, so how can we use them to enhance rather than take away from an outdoor learning experience? In choosing only 5 apps across the whole Outdoor Education/Camp ministry world I have gone for a diverse mix of apps as well as a range of...

Ninja Intern's Favourite Outdoor Education Activity QCCC's second-year Intern, Jack Hodgson, recently made his debut as a contestant on the Nine Network's Australian Ninja Warrior. As someone who does outdoor education instruction for a living, Jack is well trained and suited for the ninja warrior competition. We are really proud of Jack for what he has achieved in this year's Ninja Warrior competition, well done Jack. We recently sat down with Jack, who told us all about...

Top 5 Outdoor Education Activities Recreation and adventure are firmly set in the Australian outdoor lifestyle. However, we often see an emphasis on the “adrenalized” experience of the adventurer. This goes against the grain of what psychologists tell us is the best pathway towards developing humans capable of contributing to wider society. Whatever the problems we face, community is the answer. Therefore, for the development and flourishment of our young people in a community context, how...