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The outdoor education profession and outdoor recreation industry in Australia are considered small fields if one refers to the number of members that make up the state and territory outdoor recreation and education associations. As a result there are regular calls for collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that, as members of the professional outdoor community, we have some influence on the decisions that impact upon our members. Beyond collaboration there have been various attempts to merge outdoor associations to add weight of numbers to the cause of advocating for greater opportunities for safe and sustainable outdoor experiences. In the late 1990s the possibility of a merger between the Victorian Outdoor Education Association (VOEA) and the Camping Association of Victoria (CAV--now the Australian Camps Association) was suggested, debated and dismissed (Nikolajuk, 1997). At the same time on the national stage the emergence of the Australian Outdoor Education Council (AOEC) and the Outdoor Recreation Council of Australia (ORCA) in the mid-1990s generated similar discussion about the merits of a merged body representing the outdoor community nationally (Martin, 2000; 2001). Unlike the Victorian outcome, the national merger went ahead and a new national body--the Outdoor Council of Australia--was formally launched in 2003 at the 13th National Outdoor Education Conference.