A South East Queensland pilot of the successful Fathering Adventures 2-night Father/Son adventure weekends will be held at QCCC Tamborine in January 2011. The first pilot is a pre-cursor to this style of weekend become a regular part of QCCC’s services at its three sites.
Fathering Adventures have been successfully conducting Father/Son weekends and expeditions for several years in North Queensland.
QCCC and Fathering Adventures share a similar heart to energise the father/son relationship and have been working together for several months to bring the successful North Queensland Father/Son format closer to the large population base of Brisbane and surrounding Coasts.
The pilot caters to twelve father/son pairs at the modern QCCC accommodation on breathtaking Tamborine Mountain. The weekend will include a half-day Dolphin and Straddie sea-kayaking expedition to complement the usual well-balanced combination of group activities, and intentional one-on-one time to better explore relationships between father and son.
It’s not uncommon for a camper leaving one of our sites to tearfully express their resolve to return one day – to work. If you’ve been in that category, here’s your chance!
An opportunity exists for enthusiastic people to be involved in a Christian workplace (QCCC Mapleton) providing outdoor education programs to school groups. The casual positions involve supervising and facilitating students, from grade 3 to grade 12.
Activities such as initiative games and team building, canoeing, archery, raft building, climbing, abseiling, high ropes and bushwalking are used to teach and promote a Christian values-based program. To a lesser extent, rostered Kitchen and Maintenance work forms part of the role.
Applicants need to be self motivated team players, willing to work rostered weekends, possible early mornings and public holidays. Experience in teaching, outdoor education or youth work is essential.
In a recent magazine article our Director of Camping, Andrew Grant, wrote “one thing that has fascinated and challenged me recently is that the deep and continued goodwill towards camping from people across generations is somewhat dampened by a sense that life has crowded in and made camping less achievable’.
He went on to say ‘I’m confident that camping retains a great relevance to modern life. Our role is to make camping accessible to ensure the potential of camping is unleashed in the lives of people.’
Over the last year we’ve spent a lot of time and made a lot of progress in assessing what we have in QCCC, and how we can grow and expand our services, and more importantly grow our ability to service camping and conferencing in our State.
Some of these involve some left-of-field thinking, where we’ve taken an innovative approach to push the envelope and broaden horizons, delivering camps with a difference.
Over the next few weeks we’ll throw out some ideas ideas we have for the future in an attempt to find churches, schools and groups to consider partnering with us in some pilots. We’d like to soft-start some of these ideas with innovative partners to make sure they can work. After review and trouble-shooting we can then offer them to a wider audience.
Fathering Adventures have been succesfully conducting Father/Son weekends and expeditions for several years in North Queensland.
QCCC and Fathering Adventures share a similar heart to energise the father/son relationship and have been working together for several months to bring the succesful North Queensland Father/Son format closer to the large population base of Brisbane and surrounding Coasts.
We’re currently putting the finishing touches on the first South East Queensland Fathering Adventure, to be staged in 2011.
We hope to cater to ten father/son pairs at the modern QCCC accommodation on breathtaking Tamborine Mountain. The weekend will include a half-day Dolphin and Straddie sea-kayaking expedition to complement the usual well-balanced combination of group activities, and intentional one-on-one time to better explore relationships between father and son.
QCCC Mapleton is catering to an increasing number offsite expeditions. We offer customized trips involving hiking, canoeing down the beautiful Hinterland rivers, sea kayaking and we can throw in abseiling, rock climbing and raft building for good measure.
Taking groups into the breathtaking outdoors, often for days at a time, brings with it a great deal of responsibility. Safety is of the utmost importance in our expedition program, but when dealing with human nature and the elements there’s always the need to contingency plan against worst-case scenarios.
It’s contingency planning that saw several of the QCCC Mapleton staff complete a three day search and rescue course over the past few weeks. It allowed time for two hypothetical scenarios to allow theory and knowledge to be put into practice.
Okay, it may seem like a strange title for a blog about our camp sites, but those two words capture a lot of what our staff and venues are about.
Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) is a ministry of the Queensland Baptists. We’re a team of recreation, outdoor education, catering, cleaning, maintenance and management staff striving to care for our guests with professional competence.