DIRECTIONS TO BALLON CONCORDIA COLLEGE TOOWOOMBA From Toowoomba a) via Dalby and Jandowae (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes drive) see Map 1 1. 2. Take Warrego Highway to Dalby. After crossing the railway line as you leave Dalby, turn right to Jandowae (49 km from Dalby). Ballon 3. 4. Proceed on bitumen for 31 km beyond Jandowae. Turn left at Ballon Outdoor Education Centre sign and travel 23 km. Outdoor Education 5. Turn right at Ballon sign. 6. 7. Follow gravel road for approx. 5kms, turn left at Ballon sign. Continue another 5 km along gravel road over cattle grids and follow Ballon signs to Centre centre. From Toowoomba b) via Dalby and Brigalow (approximately 2 hours 45 minutes drive) see Map 2 1. Turn right at Brigalow silos towards Cananga. 2. After 21 km turn left onto Wondai Road for 1.7 km. 3. Turn right onto Pilican Burra Burri Road at Ballon sign. 4. Follow directions 3. and 4. “From Chinchilla” below. From Chinchilla (approximately 45minutes drive) see Map 2 Information Booklet 1. Proceed NE out of Chinchilla along Wondai Road for approximately 25 km. 2. Turn left onto Burra Burri Road (bitumen) at “Ballon Outdoor Education Centre” sign. 3. Follow bitumen road for approximately 20km to cattle grid. Immediately over grid take gravel road on left. Observe Ballon sign opposite gravel road. 4. Follow directions 6 and 7 above (Map 1). 2006 g:\home\faculty\Dsp(G)\BallonBk.p65 GENERAL INFORMATION The Ballon Outdoor Education Centre is owned and operated by Concordia College, Toow- oomba. MAP 2 Situated within the Barakula State Forest, Ballon was formerly a forestry camp, accommodat- CHINCHILLA to BALLON & ing forestry staff and their families. It consists of a lease of 85 hectares for stock grazing purposes as well as a 9.5 hectare occupational lease. TOOWOOMBA to BALLON via DALBY & BRIGALOW The centre is located approximately 55 kms from Chinchilla, which is the main centre for the area, and approximately 200 kms from Toowoomba. OUTDOOR EDUCATION BALLON As part of Concordia College's school curriculum, Year 10 students participate in a four week experience at the Ballon Outdoor Education Centre. During this time the students may be B involved in a wide variety of activities and educational experiences that could not be dupli- cated in a normal classroom environment. 10 Km dirt road AIMS AND OBJECTIVES to Ballon from The stated major goals of the centre are to foster each student’s development as a unique cattle grid child of God by providing them with:- B ad a) the opportunity to develop awareness, appreciation and understanding of their Ro From Chinchilla to rri relationship to God's creation. a Bu 1st grid is 45 Km B urr b) the opportunity to deepen their spiritual life and recognise how God's word affects an lic their lives. Pe ad B Ro c) the opportunity to live within a Christian community upholding Christian values n dai Wo concerning themselves, others and the environment. d) personal and group challenges, which are physical, mental and emotional and which promote responsibility and respect of self and others. CHINCHILLA Ballon aims to give students an opportunity to:- • learn outside the classroom • cope with the pressures of living: responsibilities, failure, success BRIGALOW • experience a bush lifestyle MACALISTER • spend time away from the comforts of home • learn to appreciate their families WARRA • meet God in a different setting B = Ballon Sign • gain a better understanding of self DALBY = Cattle Grid • make new friends • heighten acceptance of others • learn new skills LIVING AT BALLON Accommodation for the students consists of four cabins, previously used as forestry bar- racks, each containing a kitchen with electric stove and refrigerator, a dining room, shower, toilet and basic laundry facilities. Each cabin also has three rooms, each accommodating MAP 1 four people. TOOWOOMBA to BALLON via DALBY & JANDOWAE The students are instrumental in the running of the centre as they take part in daily chores such as feeding animals, tending the garden and milking cows. They are also responsible for BALLON areas within each cabin such as cooking and cleaning. B A feature of Ballon, and the lifestyle at the centre, is its isolation from modern day conven- Gra vel iences. The emphasis is on camp, bushlife, and making students responsible for their own D Burra Burri DURONG vel entertainment and leisure, therefore no radios, cassette and CD players, computer games, etc B School are allowed. Junk food is also considered a modern day luxury and therefore not permitted. Gra DURONG vel A B* Gra C Please ensure that your student has had a recent haircut that follows College regulations and a dental check-up before attending the centre. CHINCHILLA B Please be aware that, as a campus of Concordia College, behavioural rules are as set by the * B College and disciplinary action will be taken for breaches of these rules. Students are ex- pected to obey the College Code of Conduct, the moral code (the Ten Commandments) and Alternate Gravel Road civil law. In particular in the camping or boarding situation, visiting the living quarters of the 26 km opposite sex or breaking bounds after lights-out is strictly forbidden. The use or possession of alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs, or substance abuse, is strictly forbidden. NUDLEY STATE For serious breaches of the Code of Conduct students may expect to be suspended from FOREST Ballon or excluded from the College. Breakages that occur through misuse or abuse may also attract a replacement fee. * During their four-week stay students will be involved in various activities which may include CHINCHILLA hiking, camping, orienteering, ropes courses, rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing. They will also be instructed in areas such as country code, navigation, knot tying and campcraft, as well as taking part in decision making activities. A daily devotional life is encouraged with students preparing morning and evening worship B = Ballon Sign sessions as well as playing a large role in Sunday worship services in the Douglas Chapel. * = Burra Burri Sign WHAT TO BRING = Cattle Grid The following items are considered essential for a comfortable stay at Ballon. Preferred route in dry weather • Pillow and pillow case • Bedding (sheets and blankets) for use at Ballon • Sleeping bag (suitable for hiking and camping out) JANDOWAE NB: In wet weather a clay section from “C” • 2 towels and face washer to “D” should be avoided and detour “ABD” • Personal toiletries - toothpaste, soap, shampoo, comb/brush, lip and hand cream, followed, although this route is rough gravel. non-aerosol deodorant • Pyjamas DALBY • Underwear • Socks • Track suits, jumpers, shirts, shorts, jeans • Raincoat (this is an absolute necessity!) All staff at Ballon are first aid qualified and are capable of treating minor ailments and or injuries. • Swimming togs More serious cases will be transported by staff or by ambulance to either Chinchilla or Jandowae for further treatment. It is advisable that students be covered by the QAS or through your • Suitable footwear, eg joggers private health fund. • Cutlery and plastic crockery (plate, bowl, mug) in carry bag with drawstring Any students required to take prescribed medication during their stay at Ballon are to bring • An old pair of joggers for canoeing sufficient quantities with clearly marked details. Prescription and non-prescription medica- • Thongs for use in showers tion must be handed to Ballon staff on arrival to be administered under supervision. • Sturdy footwear for hiking etc FAMILY DAY * Please note that often a good pair of joggers is more comfortable and can cause less Ballon invites parents to see their children and meet with staff on Family Day (normally the problems than a new pair of hike boots. second Sunday of the course). If this is inconvenient parents are welcome at other times but • Sock protectors please contact the Ballon staff prior to arrival to avoid the disappointment of children not • Torch (spare bulbs and batteries are recommended) being available. • Writing material (envelopes and stamps) There are limited facilities for camping and caravans and if you wish to use these facilities • Exercise book for use as a journal please make arrangements with the staff well in advance. It is also advisable that pets be left • Garbage bags (useful for dirty clothes, etc) at home. • Washing powder, clothes pegs Family Day begins with a worship service before which you may enjoy morning tea prepared • Bible by the students. Lunch offers the opportunity for parents to spend time with their children. Parents are asked to provide their own lunch for this occasion. During the afternoon students • Water bottle - minimum 2 litres (juice bottle is sufficient) will demonstrate some of the skills which they have gained on activities around Ballon. • Click-seal bags At Ballon there are a number of activities utilising equipment which may cause injury if used Please also include the following items for safety reasons incorrectly. For safety reasons it is required that children be supervised by a responsible • Wide brimmed HAT (caps are not adequate protection for hiking) adult at all times. Permission is required from the Campus Co-ordinator before using equip- • Sunscreen ment and facilities. • Insect repellant CONTACT NUMBERS Students may also bring • Backpack If at any time you wish to speak to any of the staff at Ballon please feel free to call them on the • Camera and film • Simple fishing gear following numbers: • Musical instruments Ballon Office ............ (07) 4665 5167 Staff Residence ......... (07) 4665 5105 • Tennis racket Fax ............................. (07) 4665 5286 Staff Residence ......... (07) 4665 5132 Please keep items to a minimum as transportation and storage space is limited. Centre Co-ordinator (Greg Wieland) ... (07) 4665 5177 E-Mail Address........................................email@example.com Souvenir items are a fitting reminder of the students’ time at Ballon and may be purchased and charged to their College accounts. The telephones and faxes are not available for student use except in cases of emergency. A very important feature of the centre is the remote living. Therefore it is inappropriate for Breakages/damages will also be charged to their accounts. parents to phone or fax students. Communication should be by mail and students are encour- NO POCKET MONEY is to be sent to Ballon. aged to write letters. The Ballon postal address is: Do Not Bring - aerosol cans (hair spray, deodorants, etc) radios, cassette and/or CD players, Ballon Outdoor Education Centre computer games, hair dryers, junk food or drink, sheath knives, hair clippers, mobile phones. MS 355 CHINCHILLA QLD 4413 MEDICAL INFORMATION Mail is received and delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Every Year 10 student will receive a medical update form. It is important that medical informa- In the case of an emergency parents should contact Ballon staff. tion is current and that dental checks, tetanus injections, etc are in order before students If you wish to speak to the Year 10 coordinator about any matter please contact Reception on depart for Ballon. (07) 4688 2700.