Rules and policies


​This page and its links contain all you should need to take your class on an excursion or camp to the Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre (TEEC). We have tried to make it as user friendly as possible. If you have any feedback in the form of suggestions, additional or better information, great activities you have developed, please share them with us by emailing the centre.

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Camp rules

  • We want your experience on camp to be different and enjoyable. To insure this happens you need to observe the following basic rules:
  • Language used should be pleasant and in conversational tone - eg. it is not necessary to shout and swear.
  • Mobile phones and iPods must be left at home.
  • There is no need to have money, there is nowhere to spend it.
  • Jewellery and other valuables should not be brought on camp.
  • Chips, soft drink, chewing gum and lollies are not to be brought on camp.
  • The only people who should be in a tent/room are those that sleep there.


  • In case of any emergency (fire, accident, boating accident, snake sighting) immediately contact nearest teacher or parent - return to the centre if necessary.
  • In case of fire in the kitchen, main building or in a tent/room, inform the nearest adult and then move to the Emergency Evacuation Point by the shortest route and in an orderly manner.


  • Wash hands with soap before you eat or prepare food and after you go to the toilet.
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance to buildings/rooms
  • It is best to let cups and plates drain dry. 
  • If you feel ill at any time, tell your teacher immediately.

Cooking and kitchen

(Barron River & Black Gully Campuses)

  • A duty group of students will clean the dining room after all meals
  • Students will need to separate food and meat scraps into bins provided
  • Students will scrape plates and stack in trays
  • Students will rinse plates, pack the dishwasher, and put the plates away
  • Adults will assist our Kitchen Staff in serving meals
  • Adults only are to use the 'Zip Heater' and microwave​

Bush camping

  • Cooking over an open fire is sometimes dangerous.
  • Keep well back from the fire unless it is your task to do the cooking.
  • No running or playing near the fire.
  • When working in a cooking group, you complete only the tasks allocated to you eg. collecting wood, fire lighting, food preparation, cooking.
  • Do not use the axe or light fires without permission.
  • Use a pot hook or gloves to handle camp-ovens, billies or pots.

Waste management

  • There are specific bins for a variety of recyclable materials. All campers (students and adults) and especially those handling food and drink containers need to be aware of the recycling and waste management procedures.

Self-directed activities

  • During this time you must stay within the area specified by the teachers.
  • Do not swim or use canoes without permission.
  • Keep off the low ropes course unless supervised by an adult.
  • Do not run on the concrete and around the buildings/tents.


  • You must always have shoes on.
  • "Dry shoes enclosed" for around camp, in the kitchen and on expeditions.
  • "Wet shoes enclosed" for canoeing, swimming and other water activities.
  • Thongs are ONLY for going to the toilet/shower at night.


  • On your arrival the boundaries of the Centre will be outlined. Our expectation is that students will remain inside those boundaries unless accompanied by an adult.

Group challenges

  • The Group Challenge adventure course is to be used only under adult supervision.


  • Swimming only happens under adult supervision in the defined area after you have been marked on the swimming roll.


  • Canoeing only occurs under the supervision of trained TEEC staff. 
  • There should be at least 2 people in each canoe. 
  • Participants must be wearing a PFD.
  • PFDs must always be returned to the drying line after use.
  • Canoes must be lifted NOT dragged from the water.​

Last reviewed 10 November 2023
Last updated 10 November 2023