Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP)
The fundamental philosophy of the program is the Spirit of Kokoda
COURAGE, ENDURANCE, MATESHIP AND SACRIFICE
"The one thing that every ‘Kokoda Kid’ has in common is that they are seeking a sense of purpose and direction," says Doug Henderson.
Participants aged between 15 turning 16 by the commencement of the program to turning 18 during the year of the program, come from every segment of society and KYF passionately believes that there is no difference between those who are expected to fail and those who are expected to achieve in society – except for opportunity and the right support.
KCYP differs from most programs because it’s a long-term, 12 to 14 month commitment that includes a period of physical training and mentoring in preparation for trekking in Papua New Guinea, where they can visit the Northern Beaches or walk the Kokoda Track which were both significant battle sites in the Japanese invasion in 1942, experiencing a physical, mental and cultural journey of a lifetime, followed by a period of community service and forming community support networks.
This extended time frame allows for opportunities to learn, make choices, fail and flourish. Strict attendance and disciplinary standards, physical conditioning and social service leads to discovery and fulfilment.
The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program features:
- Teams from Tweed Heads, Gold Coast and Brisbane
- 20 weeks of Sunday bushwalks and mid-week training sessions
- inspirational stories from the Kokoda Campaign
- personal and team challenges in the 30km Brisbane Kokoda Challenge and The Kokoda Challenge 96km event on the Gold Coast
- discovering personal limits and learning that the human spirit is capable of extraordinary things in the face of difficulty and potential failure
- responsibility and reliability, effective communications skills and dedication
- earning the right to participate in a trip to the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea and experience a meaningful cultural, physical and emotional journey
- community service, social responsibility and an obligation to give back to the community that gave them the chance to participate in KCYP in the first place
NOTE: To read the report from an independent evaluation of KCYP, click here.