Military camps for troubled youths

To help troubled teenagers reach their fullest potential, the Veteran Mentors Junior Leader Programs have been designed to teach essential life skills and instil accountability for behaviours and decisions.

The programs are specifically designed for children who have low self-esteem, poor behaviour patterns, technology and media addiction, and who lack respect for authority.

Designed by experienced Australian Defence Force veterans, the programs make use of basic skills acquired in the military that are implemented successfully on the battlefield.

Participants are provided with accommodation, meals, uniforms and equipment. Local transfers, expert instruction and adventurous activities are also included in the program.

All participants must complete the program without technology such as mobile phones, televisions and computer games. Instead of technology-based activities, they’ll experience abseiling, an army-style obstacle course and a tandem parachute jump from 12,000 feet.

The programs can help teenagers foster resilience and learn management skills while having challenging fun and building team spirit. The programs aim to equip participants with lifelong skills that will put them ahead in the workforce and help them take their place in society with confidence.

The training and skills have been specifically modified in the Junior Leader Program to assist teenagers who lack focus and direction. The nine-day program will focus on the importance of respect for themselves and loved ones. Participants will also learn critical problem-solving skills that focus on detection rather than allowing issues to escalate into bigger problems.

Perhaps most critically, programs focus on the notion that to overcome challenges and obstacles in any scenario, teamwork is crucial.

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