Saturday, April 28, 2012

Trek the Track


Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge

ClubsNSW is looking for two community driven young people to represent NSW in its annual Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge.

Two people between the age of 16 and 22 will be chosen in the annual Challenge this year determined by their community spirit and contributions toward local issues.

The Challenge provides young people with the skills and confidence to develop leadership skills so they can make a significant contribution to their local community.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign fought between July and November of 1942.
ClubsNSW is sending the worthy recipients on the adventure of a lifetime, with the 10 day trek scheduled for the 24th of September to the 5th of October.

Physically, the participants will deal with trekking through mud and rain, across mountain ranges up to 7,000 feet above sea level while carrying a 15kg backpack. Mentally and emotionally they will learn about themselves and work as a team with a group of young people selected by local clubs from across the country.

The trekkers will also learn about the Kokoda Track, its significance to Australian military history and detailed stories of the young Australian soldiers who fought on the Track.

At the completion of the ten day trek, the group will visit the Bomana War Cemetery. The cemetery contains 3,819 Commonwealth burials from WWII, 702 of them still unidentified.

Applications are open as of Sunday April 1 and close Monday May 14. Forms can be downloaded from

For more info go here

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