PMSA purchases new outdoor education site at Lake Moogerah

The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) today announced that they have taken ownership of Camp Moogerah, a 6.97 ha site at Lake Moogerah in the Scenic Rim region of Queensland.

Camp Moogerah, which currently has cabins and camping style accommodation with access to Lake Moogerah and various outdoor activities, will be refurbished and remodelled as an outdoor education and experiential learning facility with plans for the site to be operational by 2025.

PMSA Board Chair, Mrs Margaret Berry said the purchase of Camp Moogerah is an exciting development for the PMSA that will increase the range of educational opportunities available for students and their families.

“As a Board, we have been considering different possibilities to further enrich and enhance our students’ experiences,” Mrs Berry said.

“Through this purchase, we will now have our own dedicated outdoor education facility that will support the delivery of a PMSA outdoor education experience.

“We look forward to engaging with our schools and the local community as we progress with plans for an outdoor education precinct that works in harmony with the natural environment, valuing the heritage and indigenous culture of the area,” she said.

PMSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Shane Coppin said Camp Moogerah provides a location that will fundamentally connect our students to nature and support practical and active learning experiences for students in a deliberate low technology environment.

“Outdoor education is already an important part of our curriculum to help equip our students with positive life skills and foster our Christian values and behavioural characteristics such as resilience, confidence, self-reliance, creativity and leadership,” Mr Coppin said.

“Camp Moogerah gives us the capacity to operate a purpose-built facility that will enable us to facilitate a robust and comprehensive outdoor education program to meet the holistic needs of our students and support the long-term needs of schools.

“It will be a place for our students to learn, adapt to changes, work with others, and become better versions of themselves,” he said.

The PMSA anticipates Camp Moogerah will also be available to other schools and private groups in the future once the building works are complete.

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