The 2017 Australian Camps Association Conference concluded on Saturday the 17th June and what a fantastic event it was. With over 120 delegates from four states and more than 50 Camps attending, along with some very special guests from China, the Conference was a huge success with great workshops and industry discussions in this time of consistent changes and innovation.



An opportunity for Camps, Outdoor Activity Providers and other industry representatives including government and peak bodies to come together at this signature event organised by the Peak Body of the Australian Camping Industry – The Australian Camps Association (ACA)


With several Board Members of the ACA opening up the floor both through keynote presentations and introductions of workshops, Joel Thompson, OutBeyond’s Managing Director gave 2 presentations at the 3day event.


Joel presented on his experiences in the International Business of Camps. Joel is a Board Member of the ACA and is a keen advocate for the Internationalisation of Camps, creating access to camps and outdoor experiences, for the future generation – all over the globe.



As Joel spends a great amount of time in Asia, connecting schools from these countries with Australian & New Zealand outdoor experiences and educational travel-camp programs, he was asked to talk about his own experiences and share some of the learning from his efforts.


“We have a responsibility to ensure that young people are given the best opportunity to grow and develop confidence, self-esteem, leadership and the increase their ability to be able to solve problems. I believe that camp programming, outdoor experiences and curriculum-linked program design is the best way to do this” said Joel Thompson, MD of OutBeyond.


Life skills (or soft skills) such as emotional intelligence, self-awareness, stress management, resilience, grit, persistence and many more, are very important success indicators in life. Giving students the opportunity to enhance and develop these skills is essential, and what better way to achieve these goals than through educational travel and camp experiences.



The Australian Education system has an enormous focus on camping and outdoor education because of the life-changing experiences that it provides to students, and how it acts as a contributor to ones schooling career, supporting the ethos and philosophies of each school that includes it in their extra-curricular program.