A Tale of Two Bridges is a City Tour presenting a snapshot of Brisbane City, Australia. Two Bridges is a facilitated socio-political exploration of the heart of Queensland’s capital city. It is a journey of discernment to help participants consider another view of the City. City Tour raises questions around how we understand power and lines of power, justice, mercy and compassion and beckons us to respond. Christian groups can choose to have the tour based around the narrative of Mark’s Gospel.
Goombuckar Dancers are available to perform night programs at schools and corporate camps at QCCC Mapleton.
The Goombuckar dance troupe consists of between 4 & 10 dancers who are descendants from the local Gubbi Gubbi people. Song man and didgeridoo player Kerry Neill has travelled the world sharing his culture. Now this amazing troupe performs traditional and contemporary dances from the local area and afar.
Cultural performances can be tailored to suit guest needs with up to 90 minutes of dance, cultural talks and storytelling. Cultural performances offered include welcome to country, fire making, Didgeridoo solos and stories, aboriginal artifacts and weapons explanations and a bush food walk.
For school groups Goombuckar have a full set of Aboriginal Artifacts and the hunting techniques still used by the troupe in the bush. Bush techniques cover the main aims of bush craft (staying quiet, remembering where you are and not taking more than you need.) Goombuckar try to ensure that this information relates to childrens’ school work and they aim to encourage learning in tactile and fun ways.
Queensland Conference and Camping Centres has finalised expansions at two of its facilities. QCCC Mapleton and QCCC Tamborine have both increased their capacity by a further 50 beds, and each site can now accommodate 300 guests at a time.
The expansion at QCCC Mapleton is particularly welcome as it is currently fully booked during school terms and turns away numerous groups seeking to access its innovative outdoor education programs. The expansion provides the opportunity for QCCC Mapleton to cater to two extra school groups each week of the academic year. It can also cater to larger conferences and events on the weekends.
QCCC Mapleton introduces the “Acacia Complex”. Acacia Room A is an air-conditioned dormitory sleeping 32 guests, next to a large ablution block and not far away from the Mapleton swimming pool complex. Acacia Rooms B-D are converted ensuite cabins, sleeping 10 people each, in air-conditioned comfort.
A reflection from one of our staff members at QCCC Tamborine on why we do what we do.
Just have to share something quickly on the weekend….it impacted me big time! As you know, the pressure was on for us to get the Pioneers site finished, and we were completely worn out by Friday night leading into Saturday.
My Mum and her friend came to visit for Sunday Lunch and so I took them for a stroll around the camps on the Sunday morning, with the 3 groups on site. We got to Pioneers and got chatting with Andrew and Darren from Fathering Adventures, in the hall. I went outside to control our dog, who was with us, and a little girl from the Fathering Adventures camp, came to us to pat him. Continue reading →
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland will host 2010 Barber Shop Quartet World Champions, Storm Front, at a free community convert to be held at Kirkwood Hall on the Queensland Conference and Camping Centres Mapleton campus on Tuesday 4th October from 7.30pm.
QCCC Mapleton is hosting a workshop retreat for Barbershop Quartets in partnership with the Australian Association of Men’s Barbershop Singers (AAMBS) Harmony College. The concert is a free community event and will feature performances from several outstanding Australian quartets with the highlight of the night will be a performance from American quartet Storm Front.
Storm Front are the 2010 Barbershop Harmony Society Gold Medal International Quartet Champions. Combining comedy, entertainment, and great singing, Storm Front is Lead Jim Clark, Tenor Jeff Selano, Baritone Darin Drown, and Bass Syd Libsack. They captured their Gold in Philadelphia, becoming the 2010 Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Champions.
Extensive renovations on QCCC Tamborine’s newest facility are close to completion. The QCCC Tamborine Pioneers campsite is an exciting new option for niche groups to consider on Tamborine Mountain.
QCCC Pioneers has several points of difference. Firstly the rooms are significantly smaller than the average campsite, with the campsite containing 16 modern rooms sleeping only three people in each room (for a total capacity of 48 people). This is likely to prove popular for adult groups who want fewer people to a room and also has significant potential for couples’ retreats.
Pioneers has also been established to be a site to cater to groups on a budget. All QCCC sites are fully catered, but basic catering options will be available at QCCC Pioneers with fully-catered weekend packages starting at $84 per person for a two night, catered getaway.
In July our Director of Camping participated on a Study Tour of Canadian campsites, just as their big Summer programs were kicking off. Here are some of his reflections on camping in Canada:
So I’ve spent most of the past two weeks touring Canada, looking at some of their camping ministries just as they hit the full stride of their Summer camping season. We’ve so far visited more than twenty sites across three Provinces, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.
The Canadian preparation for the Summer is impressive. Admittedly it’s a nine week window where the average campsite has to make hay while the sun shines (literally). Most sites bring their camp leadership in for at least a week before the camps get underway, a week of intentional input, relationship building and preparation for what lies ahead. Continue reading →
Queensland Conference and Camping Centres are proud to partner with and promote Aaron Parry and his message in music to teenage groups. A member of staff at QCCC Tamborine, Aaron is able to perform for guest groups at Tamborine, making available his talent to connect with the heart of his generation.
At 17 years of age, Aaron Parry is a rare ambassador inspiring his generation. Aaron’s compelling story of high school bullying, suicide attempts and the rescue of heaven draws his audience towards a message of HOPE.
Throughout the year Aaron performs and shares at high school events, youth groups, public events or recovery facilities for youth. Experiences on the road and practice in serving the visions of others make it easy for Aaron to bring exactly what’s needed at any event. His servant heart and passion, affords dedication and professionalism.