Information for Parents

Welcome to the Murphy's Creek Escape (MCE) School / Group Adventure program where the well being of campers is our absolute priority.

MCE is a family owned, professionally run business with facilities and programs suitable for school aged students from grades 5 - 12

MCE's owners with many years experience in developing, implementing and supervising adventure based and corporate programs, design a program for each group. The program is tailored to the requirements and abilities of the group, based on advice from the school/group’s Camp Coordinator.

Our objective is to provide participants with an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience in a safe environment.

Documents

  • Prior to camp your school/group’s staff are provided with the following documents.

Safety

  • Copies of MCE Safe Operating Procedures are permanently located at MCE reception.

  • MCE's Safe Operating Procedures includes the following:

    • Information about the venue

    • Contact list with telephone numbers for the camp site, the owners residence, CFA, local police, local doctor and nearest public hospital

    • Recommended clothing and equipment list

    • Incident Report Forms

    • Safe Operating Procedures for all relevant activities.

    • Wet weather initiatives.

    • Introductory First Aid for a range of potential incidents.

  • A Comprehensive first aid kit is located in reception.

  • All instructors and staff accompanying groups carry a portable first aid kit.

  • A portable kit is also carried in the Safety car. Schools are encouraged to bring their own portable kits to accompany outdoor activities in accordance with DET Excursions Policy / Duty of Care, 6.3.1. point 3.

  • All management, guides, instructors, and auxiliary staff employed by Souter Adventure Pty Ltd (Murphy's Creek Escape) are subject to Working with Children Checks. These secure records can be viewed by the school/group’s Camp Coordinator on request.

  • On arrival in camp, teachers and students are briefed on camp protocols and safety issues.

  • All relevant equipment and safety gear is provided by MCE and includes, but is not limited to, harnesses, helmets, Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets), ropes, etc. Equipment is maintained in good order and serviced on a regular basis by appropriately qualified persons.

  • Prior to each activity our instructors check that:

    • Equipment and safety gear is functioning appropriately

    • All participants are suitably attired, including appropriate footwear

    • Jewellery is removed if applicable

    • Hair and loose clothing is secured

    • Each activity undertaken is preceded by a period of instruction.

    • All efforts are made to include students with disabilities in normal activities programs, depending on the capabilities of the individual student.

    • A radio base station is located in the MCE reception area and a repeater station is at the highest point of White Mountain Forest. All guides and instructors in charge of student groups at remote locations have a portable radio unit and can communicate with the base station and other groups via the radio or mobile phones. Reception is good in this area due to proximity to the Toowoomba Range.

    • Outside of MCE run activities, supervision of students is the shared responsibility of MCE and the Group based on arrangements between MCE and the Group's Camp Coordinator.

    • MCE has Public / Products Liability insurance with AON Insurance.

    • Evacuation procedure. MCE has 2 road accesses into and out of the camp. The clearing in vicinity of the camp grounds are substantial, providing room for Care flight helicopter landing in the event of a medical emergency. All MCE instructors are briefed on the evacuation protocol. In the event of bush fire, where evacuation is decided to be inappropriate, students will be contained in the listed level 3 safe fire area - being the Reception building, This building is located in the centre of a large open area.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation consists of basic tent style for 2 - 4 students per tent.

  • Separate teacher tent accommodation.

  • The Camp site has male and female toilets and hot/cold showers.

    • Showers and toilets have wheelchair access.

  • Catering comprises

    • Home-style cooked meals.

    • 24hr one man ration packs - used when conducting activities away from the camp site.

    • Fresh fruit available at all times.

Our instructors and guides are accredited in Outdoor Education and are TAFE Cert 4 qualified or equivalent. Instructors also have current first aid qualifications (Senior, Remote Area and/or Wilderness).

Please contact us on 07 4630 5353 if further information is required. Alternatively, you can e-mail.