In a major coup for the Sunshine Coast Hinterland a local Outdoor Education Centre has received the 2013 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Award for Excellence in Outdoor Instruction and Education. Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) are this year’s recipients of the prestigious industry award recognising excellence in Outdoor Education programs.
QCCC’s largest Outdoor Education facility has been a vital part of the Mapleton community for more than thirty years. QCCC Mapleton is one of the busiest school camping venues in Queensland entertaining 30,000 guests annually. More than 20,000 of these are school students attending camps with more than 200 individual school groups. QCCC Mapleton is one of Mapleton’s largest employers with 50 staff and a significant attraction to the local area.
QCCC Director Andrew Grant believes a large part of QCCC’s success comes from locating its largest site in the natural beauty of the Blackall Range. “There’s no doubt we enjoy a natural advantage by bringing city kids into the mountains where they’re immersed in the stunning beauty of the Range. We must have one of the most stunning classrooms in Queensland”.
Throughout 2012 QCCC Mapleton created and built eight new activities specifically designed around the Australian Curriculum. This was a staff-driven effort with the initial “draft activities” significantly altered and enhanced through the participation of staff members primarily responsible for their delivery.
2011 is shaping up as an exciting one for Queensland Conference and Camping. The year is off to a flying start with record guest numbers through February. Some of the new initiatives we’ve been working on for several years are being launched and are quickly growing.
And we’ve started this year serving our new vision and mission statements.
As a ministry of Queensland Baptists, QCCC exists to create life-changing experiences through excellence in hospitality, service and teaching.
QCCC intends to conduct several Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions throughout 2011. Details of proposed dates appear below, however please note the proposed trips will only proceed if minimum participant numbers are reached. For more details please contact QCCC Mapleton.
Bronze: Training Day- 8th July 2011Training Exped- 18th-19th July 2011Assessment Exped- 1st & 2nd August 2011Silver:
Training Day- 19th September 2011
Training Exped- 11th-13th October 2011
Assessment Exped- 6th-8th December 2011
Training Day- 10th October 2011
Training Exped- 17th-20th October 2011
Assessment Exped- 5th-8th December 2011
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QCCC is piloting now a new concept we hope will become the backbone theme of our programs from 2012 onwards, across our three camp sites at Mapleton, Tamborine and Brookfield (Brisbane). The working title for the concept is “R1202“, a reference to the biblical Romans 12:02:
“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within.”
Also known as “The Hand” we believe the R1202 theme will enable us to partner with visiting groups to reflect on the key attributes and values required for a successful life.
As it is developed we will make it a flexible tool that can fit the objectives and outcomes of each group who visits us. We will also develop resources so that the lessons learned from R1202 on camp can last long after it concludes.
R1202 will become the major tool used by QCCC in our teaching and service to clients. Our staff have identified approximately 70 object lessons that can be drawn from R1202 using colours, fingers and other concepts.
‘Fathering Adventures’, founded by Darren Lewis in July 2008, is an adventure-based initiative devoted to turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers.
The Fathering Adventure Weekend is for boys aged between 7 and 13 years, and their Dad, or significant male other. The first South East Queensland Fathering Adventure event was fully booked, attended by twelve fathers and their sons drawn from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Dalby and Sydney.
Throughout the weekend, Dads were given coaching on what it means to be an “intentional” Dad, finishing the weekend armed with a quiver of tools designed to ensure their son would know that he is a “beloved son”. Encouraged to “have fun” throughout the program, the adventure weekend was specifically geared around crating a memorable experience for fathers and sons, empowering them to spend time with each other, one on one, to put into practice the things being taught.
A series on the guiding principles of QCCC’s camping philosophy.
Food is the basic staple of human survival but it’s so much more than that. According to history, medieval priests “ministered” to travelers by providing shelter from the cold and nourishment in the form of hot soup. Eventually this soup became known as ‘Minestrone’, from the Latin word for service, because this kindness was offered in Christ’s name as a service or ministry to needy travelers.
“Ministry” has traditionally been (a) any service to people (b) done in Christ’s name (c) at a sacrifice – the soup was free to travelers. (J. Gibson – Ministry and Worship).
QCCC exists to serve – to “minister” to individuals & groups – through hospitality & service. When used in the Bible this implies responsibilities well beyond the provision of food and lodging; i.e. courtesy, care and attention to other needs.
It’s been a huge year across QCCC. Mapleton alone has hosted nearly 300 different groups of guests through the course of the year. Brookfield has had its busiest year ever and Tamborine has also hosted hundreds of groups and played a part in some major events on Tamborine Mountain.
As the schools head into their Summer holidays the whole of QCCC gets just a few weeks of hiatus. Australia’s camping industry is the opposite to the American model, where the prime-time for their camping programs is over the northern hemisphere summer. In Australia the summer period leading into Christmas is the quietest time of year. On Boxing Day Mapleton kicks off its Summer Holiday Family Program and shortly after QCCC Tamborine’s accommodation gets used for the Tamborine Summer Convention. Brookfield has several church, youth group and craft camps in January.
Geocachers are an underground network of people living in your community and every other community in Australia, a network of people from all walks of life who are connected through a common interest. They often behave suspiciously and you may even have seen some and wondered, but they are essentially safe and you need not fear them.
This hidden network of people are engaging in what can best be described as a giant, worldwide game of hide and seek. Here’s a Wiki explanation:
Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook.