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Kids Outdoors 2030

Kids Outdoors 2030 and the Nature Play Symposium were held over June 26-28 weekend. Both events included outstanding keynotes, excellent presentations, inspiring conversation and positive networking opportunities. All who attended came away with much to think about, new connections and a renewed sense of hope and commitment to the future for kids in the outdoors.

The success of the weekend is largely due to the quality, passion and commitment of the keynotes and speakers and we would like to acknowledge all the presenters who shared with us their thoughts, ideas, life's work and energy. Reports, handouts and presentations from many of the speakers will be made available over the next few weeks on the Kids Outdoors 2030 website.

We are very grateful to the event sponsors for their commitment to the outdoor sector and their support of the event. We recommend the following organisations as key players in their various fields with an understanding of outdoor recreation, childhood development and the camps environment.

PFD Food Services, MAP Italian Coffee, C&K, QFSR Skills Alliance, W.H. Amad Commercial Bed Linen, ESKAY Kids, Playgroup Association of Queensland.

QORF would like to acknowledge our co-hosts, the Australian Camps Association and Nature Play QLD - the cooperation and mutual support was outstanding. A special mention must also be made of the event venue, Queensland Recreation Centre Gold Coast and the camps tour hosts QCCC Tamborine, Bornhoffen PCYC and CYC Burleigh.

Thank you to all the exhibitors that took part in the Trade Displays. Many new contacts were made over the weekend as programs, products and services were shared with all who attended.

On the last day of the conference 5 organisations took time out of their weekends to provide activity demonstrations for attendees. Thank you to Slackline Australia, Wide Bay Laser SkirmishQueensland Recreation Centre Gold Coast, CYC Burleigh and Kickbike Australia


EO's Report

Dear all,
What an inspiring and poignant couple of days at the Kids Outdoors 2030 conference. People, we have some serious work to do!!!!!! The breadth of speakers and real world examples they provided gave everyone in the audience some immediate actions to make a difference to kids' experiences over the next 15 years. This was very different to the usual event with experts from outside the camps and outdoor recreation sector identifying how important is what we do. Dr Judith Locke encouraged us to stay true to our beliefs and not be swayed by over-parenting. Norm Hunter continued his unpacking of multiple intelligences to show the benefits to getting kids outdoors and Dr Rachael Sharman showed us the benefits of letting kids fail. I could carry on for hours but will wrap it up by saying if you were not there then you missed a life/business-changing event.

While there are hundreds of thank yous in relation to the event I do want to just highlight a couple of people who went above and beyond. Bec Fox, from Exceeding Expectations, delivered a diverse and inspirational program; Mark Squires, from QORF, managed all the registration and operational aspects of the conference which worked seamlessly; all the QORF, Nature Play and ACA staff and volunteers thanks for your help; and the Queensland Recreation Centre team thank you for ensuring everything ran smoothly. 


QORF EO Murray Stewart and new friend at the Kids Outdoors 2030 Gala Evening at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

For those of you who attended, the conference videos and presentations will be available soon. For those that did not attend you will be able to purchase copies of the presentations shortly. Keep an eye on the QORF website for details.

I just wanted to remind everyone that Outdoor-tober is rapidly approaching so start to think about what event your organisation might do in October. The Great Aussie Camp Out is on Saturday 10 October and continues to grow in popularity each year. Atherton is hosting its inaugural Bike Fest from 16 to 18 October. This event is getting bigger and bigger by the day. 

We all hope you are enjoying the school holidays and spending lots of time outdoors. Remember if you are looking for something to do just visit the QORF Discover section of the website.  

Yours in the outdoors!
Murray Stewart


Coming Events!

Mud, Sweat & Fears on July 4th


The Planning Facilities People Need workshop on July 15,  The Kokoda Challenge on the July 18/19 weekend and Little Big Dash and National Tree Day on July 26. Pinnacle Sports is running a series of training courses over the next few months and don't forget to sign up for GACO and Outdoor-tober


Young Adventurer

Application date extended to July 31st to encourage more applications to be submitted. In 2015, one lucky young Queenslander (or group) will be selected to receive the QORF Young Adventurer of the Year scholarship to help make their adventure dream a reality and ‘live life outdoors’.

Young Adventurer


Nature Play Symposium keynote speaker Mike Lanza's new book, PlayborhoodTurn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play now on sale at the QORF online SHOP. Inspiring stories of innovative communities creating vibrant neighbourhood play lives for their children


Climbing on Sunshine

Climbing on Sunshine, a collection of short films that show off some of Queensland’s most popular rock climbing destinations, is now in stock at the QORF online SHOP and ready to ship today. 

Check out the clips on QORFTV, QORF’s YouTube channel


Bushtucker Tracker

A new Mt Barney Lodge activity and part of the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s “Eat Local Week” that focuses on local food in the first week of the school break. You can’t get more local than bushtucker where it grows!! It is also a perfect fit for the QORF year-round Nature Play QLD initiative.


Outdoor Recreation Forum

July 16 2015
Venue to be confirmed.

A great opportunity to catch up on the latest news from QORF and the outdoor recreation community in the Wide Bay Burnett - Bundaberg region



Outdoor-tober Seed Funding

Do you need financial support to
get your Outdoor-tober outdoor projects off the ground? Maybe we can help!


Get Outdoors in October,
Get Outdoor-tober!

QLD Outdoor Rec Awards

Outdoor Recreation Awards

Nominations will be opening soon. Now is the time to start thinking about suitable individuals, clubs, organisations or programs! that deserve to be recognised and acknowledged for their contribution to outdoor recreation in Queensland.


What's On

The online calendar of What's On Activities, Events, Training & Workshops

If you have an event, public training opportunity, open day, adventure race, workshop or conference coming up in 2015, submit the details and we will help promote it.


Jobs Available

Several new jobs are listed on our Jobs Available page in the Industry / Jobs & Careers section

If you have jobs to fill, gear to sell, links to share, events to promote or information to pass on, send us an email with all the details and we'll put it up online.


New Green Circle Members

Go to the Membership section to become a QORF Green Circle Member today - new member pages will be acknowledged here, on the QORF home page and on Facebook


Green Circle Members

Please remember to only use the new Green Circle Members logo on your websites and in other applications. Email industry@qorf.org.au for a copy.


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