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.
One of the most rewarding parts of our job is the feedback we get from guests about their enjoyment of our programs, and how it builds into the lives of those we host and teach. Here’s a small sample – a letter we received from a school this week:
Dear Neil, I would just like to thank you and your staff for the fantastic camp that our school experienced this week. As discussed with you I was particularly impressed with the dedication and professionalism of your activity leaders. It is clear that they love and are passionate about their work. It is great to see them passing on their individual skills to the students they assist by being friendly, caring, disciplined and polite.Continue reading →
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.
Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) Mapleton proudly takes an holistic approach to its outdoor education programs.
We have a team of highly qualified, full-time, outdoor educators whose sole purpose is to provide programs of excellence that build into the lives and programs of our guests. Because of this QCCC Mapleton cannot always match the monetary price of the other options but we will always back our safety record and the quality of our product and experience.
Mapleton Centre’s programmed activities are perfect for school, corporate, youth and family groups whose goals are to have fun while challenging themselves by stepping out of their everyday environment.
Built within our spectacular rainforest setting, high on the Blackall Range, our guests enjoy a wide range of challenges and activities that promote teamwork, communication and build self confidence. Our activities are a great opportunity for people of all ages to embark on a uniquely different series of mental and physical activities that will challenge you as an individual and groups as a whole. Our guests choose from the following activities:
For nearly three decades the QCCC Mapleton Summer Families program has catered to long days of fun and fellowship in the glorious Sunshine Coast hinterland. Once again it returns for another run in the summer of 2010/11.
The holiday program involves some teaching, lots of leisure time and a day-long kids program that keeps them heartily entertained. The ‘normal’ day starts with a time of worship/devotions for adult and children groups followed by a full day of activity for the children.
The children’s program takes advantage of the many outdoor education activities at the Mapleton Centre and is led by Mapleton’s team of outdoor education. It’s an exuberant schedule including archery, bouldering and climbing wall, some of the high ropes elements, sports, wide games and an evening program of games.
With children occupied adults are free to enjoy the many wonderful facilities at QCCC Mapleton. Adults can relax by the pool and catch up with friends, have a sauna, wander the rainforest trails on the 35 hectare property, take in some shopping and the cafes a short stroll away in Mapleton or simply enjoy the peace to read a book or play board games with the other guests.
We’ve just waved goodbye to the latest Mapleton Adventure camp and we really hope that each child takes away with them amazing memories of fun, mayhem and friendship.
One of the stand-outs of the September MAC is Carnival night. This is the first September MAC I’ve been involved with, and I have to confess I was impressed with its scale and impact. I now understand why the QCCC staff (and their kids) eagerly awaits each MAC, and why Carnival night is an event on the calendar not to be missed.
Through the year hard-working volunteers comb through stores in Brisbane taking hold of a massive range of plastic toys, food nearing its use-by-date and anything else that might please a child’s heart.
The campers come into Kirkwood Hall that has as its centerpiece a giant jumping castle, a visual centre piece that sets the carnival atmosphere. Each child is given a show bag stacked with goodies and a bag of plastic tokens.
This week QCCC Mapleton is hosting the September edition of the Mapleton Adventure Camp. It’s a camp we host twice a year in partnership with Scripture Union Queensland, a week-long frenzy of fun for 120 kids drawn from the Brisbane area.
Our aim is to make each Mapleton Adventure Camp as memorable as possible. The theme for September camp this year is Super Mario Brothers, and on opening night (Monday) we decked out our meeting hall for the first round of games and activities.
The kids are pretty fresh and energetic when they hit camp on the first day, and many of the kids are just getting to know each other in their dorm groups. So first night is all about an exhausting round of games and competitions to get the teams to gel and to make sure the kids are ready for bed when it’s lights out.
We were posting our videos up to YouTube the other day and were pleasantly surprised to find that there were already a few contributions to YouTube featuring some of our activities and sites. We’ll share a few of the best of them in coming weeks.
First cab off the rank is this video with footage of the larger flying fox at QCCC Mapleton.
We have two flying foxes at Mapleton. The first is a smaller one we use for younger groups, generally Year 5 and below. It runs from a height of 12 metres and has a length of thirty metres.