Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP)

KCYP is a 14 month life skills program for 15-17 year olds, affectionately known as our ‘Kokoda Kids’, who come from all walks of life and every segment of society. We passionately believe there is no difference between those who are expected to fail and those who are expected to achieve – except for opportunity and the right support.

"The one thing that every ‘Kokoda Kid’ has in common is that they are seeking a sense of purpose and direction," says Doug Henderson.

 THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFE TIME

Covid 19 travel restrictions mean the 2021 KCYP will differ from previous years, in that the peak experience will not be held in Papua New Guinea. We hope to return to PNG in 2022 but our 2021 'Kokoda Kids' will take on a new peak experience - a 10 day afghan camel trek in the Flinders Ranges. With rugged weathered peaks, red sand dunes and gum lined rocky creek beds, the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia form dramatic and beautiful landscapes, with the added challenge of leading and camping with camels.  This trek will still honour our Kokoda diggers, be culturally and historically significant and offers a truly unique adventure.

A 14 MONTH COMMITMENT

KCYP differs from other programs because it’s long-term. The 14 month commitment includes physical training and mentoring in preparation for the peak experience - a 10 day afghan camel trek in the Flinders Ranges. This trek will be a physical, mental and historical experience of a lifetime, followed by a period of community service to learn the value of giving back. The extended time frame allows for opportunities to learn, make choices, form life long bonds, fail and flourish. Strict attendance and disciplinary standards, physical conditioning and social service leads to discovery and fulfilment.

WHAT THE KCYP INVOLVES

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DOING WHAT YOU THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE

20 weeks of Sunday bushwalks, mid-week training sessions, two-day overnight camp and participation in the 96km Kokoda Challenge.

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CREATING LIFELONG BONDS

Regular activities which encourage team work, cooperation and leadership skills, going beyond your comfort zone with likeminded people to make lifelong friends.

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EXPERIENCING HISTORY AND CULTURE

A funded 10 day afghan camel trek in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, that honours our Australian veterans and enables you to experience our cultural heritage.

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GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

10 months of community service to learn the value of giving back, the true meaning of sacrifice and a chance to give back to those who make this program possible. 

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DISCOVERING YOUR POTENTIAL

Discovering a sense of purpose, forming life skills of responsibility and reliability, developing confidence and learning that you are capable of extraordinary things in the face of difficulty. 

ARE YOU THE NEXT KOKODA KID?

Applications for the 2021 program on the Gold Coast and Brisbane are now open. 

APPLY NOW