Please note: Applications for 2017 KYLC are now open.
Information on the 2017 program can now be downloaded from this website.
Information for Potential Participants
The 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.
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.
Being selected for the trek 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. Successful candidates should be prepared to act as a community volunteer in some way after they return.
The opportunity to participate in a trek across the Kokoda Trail is a privilege akin to a $6000+ 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 trek itself is a physically demanding challenge. You will be required to be in adequate physical and medical shape and free of any medical conditions that may prevent them from completing such an arduous personal challenge. You will need to alert us of any potential health problems prior to the trek.
The most important qualities for a successful pilgrimage are a sense of adventure, a positive attitude, a healthy body, an inquiring mind, an abundance of common sense and a good sense of humour.
Applications for the 2017 Kokoda Youth Leadership Program will open on Wednesday 1 February 2017 and will close on Friday 28 April 2017.
A KYLC Trekkers Guide has been produced for 2017, to assist you with your application and selection criteria and is now available on the website.
Sponsorship is available from participating local RSL, Services Club other Clubs in your area and the RSL & Services Clubs Association.
Information for Clubs and Companies
With more than 300 young men and women now having made the trek since the project commenced in 2005, that represents an investment of more than $2 million by clubs in our country’s youth.
The program has the potential to build stronger ties with the community and local business while increasing their relevance with young people who will be their future members and become the ‘custodians’ of the Anzac and Kokoda traditions. Any club or company can join the program regardless of whether you are a member or partner of the RSL & SCA.
Commercial law firm Thomson Geer provided specialist legal assistance in establishing the program. The firm, which has a strong relationship with the clubs industry and acts for many large clubs and associations, provided this valued service pro-bono.
The treks are eligible ClubGrants Category 1 expenditure for clubs sponsoring participants on the leadership challenge. They are conducted under the banner of the KYLC Benevolent Fund which was established by the Association. Directors of the Fund are Bryn Miller, CEO of Merrylands RSL Club, Dean Thomas, General Manager of Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club and Cameron Provost, General Manager of Orange Ex-Services Club.
Independent ATM provider, Cashcard, annually provides a sponsorship to allow one of the nominating member clubs of the Association to send a second person on the trek.
A KYLC Sponsors Package and Administration Kit has been produced for 2017, and are now available from this website.
2017 KYLC Significant Dates
Monday 16 January - Information on Entry Requirements and Application will be available on this website.
Wednesday 1 February - Applications open.
Friday 28 April - Applications close.
Saturday 13 May - KYLC Workshop
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.
Monday 7 to Friday 18 August - Club Industry Trek.
Saturday 23 September to Wednesday 4 October - Young People's Trek.