Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education, Parts of a Bigger Whole. Outdoor Recreation (ORCA) and Outdoor Education (AOEC)

Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education, Parts of a Bigger Whole. Outdoor Recreation (ORCA) and Outdoor Education (AOEC)

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Over past weeks the executive of both the Outdoor Recreation Council of Australia (ORCA) and the Australian Outdoor Education Council (AOEC) have met to consider future directions within the industry and profession. A meeting in Melbourne in late December enabled the executives to acknowledge the similar goals and constitutional intents of the two bodies. As a consequence the ORCA and the AOEC have agreed to develop a closer working relationship to assist the achievement of common goals, including:

* Improved clients' access to quality experiences in the outdoors

* More informed cultural and environmental responsibility

* Professional enhancement of the broader industry/field

ORCA and the AOEC believe that a close working relationship will provide enhanced opportunities for:]

* improved services to members and clients

* networking

* access to funding bodies

* political "clout"

ORCA and the AOEC are establishing a number of strategies to ensure that the desired working relationship is achieved. One of the central issues in developing co-operation is the shared belief that professionalisation of the field will ensure improved quality of experience for both clients and providers in the field.

ORCA and the AOEC recognise that professionalisation is founded upon a number of significant 'pillars' (As discussed in the last edition of the VOEA Journey's). …

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