JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD
We believe that the development of, and connection to, one’s True Self is the essence of building Personal Resilience.
The Young Warrior Project takes its lead from traditional and indigenous cultures, in which an initiation process marks the transition from child to adult. In these cultures it is the well-balanced, experienced elders who bring their experience into the training of the younger generation.
WHY ‘THE WARRIOR’?
It is the warrior archetype that has been most misunderstood and most inappropriately used in our culture, and causes pain in the family home, the workplace and the play ground.
We use this archetype to assist participants re-member:
* How to connect with its energy constructively, and not be ‘abused’ by it
* How to be appropriately assertive and confident, and how to know your own boundaries
* How to ensure you feel heard in any environment, without a constant need for external validation
* How to act from emotion, not in it.
* How to recognise the cause of a problem, so it can be appropriately addressed, rather than just ‘band-aiding’ symptoms
YOU NEVER TRULY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF UNTIL YOU TEST YOURSELF
THE YOUNG WARRIOR CAMP PROVIDES A SAFE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH YOUNG PEOPLE CAN TEST THEMSELVES
No one is ever forced to do anything they do not want to do. On the Young Warrior Leadership Camp, young people are presented with CHOICES, which allow them to learn to take ‘right action’ for themselves.
During the camp young men and women conduct leadership activities together on the first day. They separate into separate camps at the end of the first day and come back together for the final leadership activity.
This offers the opportunity to explore men’s and women’s issues in a safe, gender specific environment.
- Communication skills and active listening
- Relaxation and meditation introduction, using visualisation and the breath
- Self-enquiry and self-reflection
*OUR PROGRAMS REQUIRE STRICT VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION*
We believe in the value of experiential learning.
In team activities we provide the outcome, resources and initial guidance required, and allow the team to dictate the journey to the outcome. Upon task completion we consider how things were done, which helps cement strengths, and recognise where improvements need to be made for next time.
NOTHING IS CONSIDERED AS FAILURE. We view the results as either taking us towards, or away from, what we want.
GETTING CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE WANT AT ANY POINT IN TIME IS PARAMOUNT TO PROVIDING DIRECTION FOR OURSELVES.
IF YOU THROW A WARRIOR IN TO BATTLE UNPREPARED YOU RECEIVE A COMMENSURATE RESULT.
Why then do we do this with young people?
For a young person to best transition to adulthood, he/she needs to know about all aspects of Self – mind, body, emotions and spirit. The components of the Young Warrior Project, including the mentoring, are designed to breach this existing knowledge gap in the education of our young people.
The Project is designed as a continuum of training and mentoring over an 18 month period. A participant can complete all stages, or just the first one. The optional mentoring program assists the participant fully integrate everything they learned so it doesn’t just go into the ‘good weekend experience’ locker and filed away. Your new mindset becomes a way of living.
Must be completed before participating in other camps. This can be a physically demanding program, depending on age.
We focus on: basic bush skills; understanding personal leadership; understanding and expressing emotion; physically challenging oneself; and proactive and lateral thinking
RITE OF PASSAGE
This camp is a pilgrimage, upon which participants challenge themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
For 11 – 13 years, the camp is 5 days duration. For 14 – 18 years it is 7 days.
We focus on: transition to adulthood; physical endurance; harnessing your inner knowledge; self belief and trust
Once a participant has completed the first two modules, they have earned the right to take their place in the tribe. It’s now time to use these new skills and lead. Participation is for four days.
We focus on: leading by example – what example do you set?; leading as an emotionally balanced, authentic human; leading under challenging circumstances; ensuring personal success
As part of our aim to strengthen the family unit, we conduct a half-day workshop for parents on the final day of the camp. Parents are guided through the key concepts taught during the camp, and given techniques and strategies to use in the home.
At the completion of the workshop a short welcome home ceremony is conducted to honour the participants’ journey
To assist with integration and smooth homecoming we conduct three group mentoring calls for participants and two group calls for parents.
THE NEXT STEP
If you would like to receive a detailed information brochure, and apply for a position on the Young Warrior Leadership camp, complete the contact form and we will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time to connect with you and your young person.
We look forward to meeting you soon.