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.
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.
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.
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.
The Keswick Easter Convention has been running on Tamborine Mountain for more than fifty years. Held over the four days of Easter it is a busy program of teaching sessions, electives, children and youth programs as well as providing a time for personal reflection in the breathtaking grounds of the Beacon Road property at Tamborine.
The Convention is a favourite retreat for families with lots of open space for games and the kids well-catered for with programs throughout the weekend. QCCC Tamborine’s accommodation is one of the options available for people attending the Convention.
The principal speaker in 2011 will be Rob Whittaker., Principal of Capernwray Bible School (UK). With degrees in both Physics and Theology, Rob became Principal of Capernwray Bible School in 2001. He preaches extensively throughout Europe in churches, Bible schools and conferences, and more recently his travels have taken him to Australia, Canada and the U.S.A.
QCCC Tamborine will offer a new Meeting Centre facility in 2011 to enhance its growing reputation as a quality provider of affordable retreats, conferences and school camps. With breathtaking views over Brisbane and just a short drive from the Gold Coast, the Meeting Centre will be a welcome addition to QCCC Tamborine’s quality accommodation and catered facilities.
Available from early January 2011 the Meeting Centre is located next to QCCC’s CMS site and enjoys sweeping views off the escarpment over Moreton Bay. The building is set in tranquil garden surrounds and also has a deck to enjoy the view, the trees and the bird life.
Inside the Meeting Centre contains a main meeting/performance area that can hold up to 70 people and several smaller seminar rooms that can contain up to 20 people. This makes the Meeting Centre ideal for a range of applications including conferences and seminars, music and drama camps and school spiritual retreats.
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.