2018 Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge Trek

2018 Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge Trek

Kokoda Youth Leadership Program aims to create a greater awareness of the sacrifices of the Diggers on the Kokoda campaign among our young people to ensure the traditions live on.

Orange Ex-Services’ Club is offering two people between 17 and 25 years of age, from the local Orange area, the opportunity to participate in a trek across the Kokoda Trail, a privilege akin to a $6,000 scholarship. Participants should therefore understand that it is not a prize, a gift or a right – it is a privileged opportunity to develop personal leadership skills based on the values our Kokoda Veterans held dearly – these include personal discipline, mutual respect, trust, mateship, courage and self-sacrifice.

The 2018 Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge Trek is a 10-day trek, that will be staged from Saturday 29 September 2018 to Wednesday 10 October 2018 and this is your opportunity to participate with a team of 25-30 young Australians.  

Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is overseen by the RSL & Services Clubs Association and is aimed at young people at school or disadvantaged or unemployed young people in the community who are having difficulty in finding their way in society.

It is also used to encourage young achievers with natural leadership skills. Participants are sponsored on the trek by Orange Ex-Services’ Club.


KEY DATES

  • Applications Open: Thursday 1 February 2018
  • Applications Close: Thursday 29 March 2018
  • Applicant Interviews: Early-Mid April 2018
  • Successful Applicants Announced: Late April 2018
  • Participants Workshop: Saturday 12 May 2018 at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club, 20 – 26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park. All trekkers and a representative of the sponsor or parent/guardian must attend.

WHO CAN APPLY

2018 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 

Orange Ex-Services’ Club will be sending two young people on the trek and is seeking applications from young people aged 17 and 25 years of age.  You will need to tell us about yourself and your career aspirations and why you would like to trek Kokoda and whether you have any family connection to people who served in the Kokoda campaign or other conflicts.


HOW TO APPLY

Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge should be something young Australians aspire to do. The program will only benefit those who appreciate the privilege of being chosen and who are willing to learn about the Kokoda campaign prior to their departure. They should also be willing to commit to a rigorous physical training program to ensure they are physically capable of completing the program.

Applicants should therefore demonstrate a strong desire to participate in the program. This desire can be measured by a willingness to conduct personal research in order to gain an understanding of the Kokoda campaign prior to the final selection of the participants.

Applicants should ideally be between 17 and 25 years of age. 

All applications must be emailed to kokoda@oesc.com.au and headed Kokoda Challenge Application, 5:00pm on Thursday 29 March 2018.


ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge aims to stretch trekkers’ physical and mental boundaries, develop their leadership skills and understand more of our military history.

The program commenced in 2005 and as of this year more than 300 young Australians have gone through the program representing an investment in Australia’s youth of almost $2 million.

Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is a peer group leadership program promoted by the Association and overseen by the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge Benevolent Fund. The program was developed in consultation with former army Major Charlie Lynn, of the trekking company, Adventure Kokoda.

The Challenge is aimed at young people at school or disadvantaged or unemployed young people in the community who are having difficulty in finding their way in society. It is also used to encourage young achievers with natural leadership skills.

The program aims to give participants:

  • An appreciation of our military history;
  • A respect for the sacrifice made by young Australians of a previous generation;
  • An appreciation of a culture whose values are not based on materialism;
  • A sense of responsibility for the outcomes of the choices they make;
  • An appreciation of the qualities necessary for effective teamwork i.e. loyalty, trust, honesty, courage, leadership, respect, discipline and sacrifice.
  • An understanding of the characteristics of Australian leadership;
  • An appreciation of the 7 essential understandings of effective leadership (self, others, culture, environment, history, present and future); and
  • An understanding of the purpose and value of community service.

 

Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge aims to create a greater awareness of the sacrifices of the diggers on the Kokoda campaign among our young people to ensure the traditions live on. At the same time it instills in participants a commitment to community service, enhance their personal development by providing an opportunity for them to experience the same conditions under which our Diggers fought and hopefully transform them for future leadership roles back in the community.


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