Junior Leader Program

The Veteran Mentors Junior Leader Programs are designed to assist children to become accountable for both their behaviour and decisions. These programs are ideal for children demonstrating poor behaviours, low self esteem, lack of respect, addiction to technology and media or simply to propel them to reach their fullest potential.

The Veteran Mentors Junior Leader Program is designed by leading Australian Defence Force veterans using skills acquired in the military and implemented on the battlefield. These skills have been used by soldiers for hundreds of years and have stood the test of time.

Our programs are not only for children or teenagers who are experiencing difficulties, all teenagers can benefit from this program. It is fun, challenging and can help to arm them with management skills and resilience that will help them forge ahead into adulthood and on into workforce.

The Junior Leader Program has been specially modified to adapt this training and skills to teenagers who are lacking focus and direction.

With the skills taught on our 9-day program, your child will learn how important it is to respect loved ones, have the courage to follow their dreams no matter how big, demonstrate the initiative required to fix problems before they become a disaster, use teamwork to overcome obstacles and understand that  without integrity, none of these things are possible. Your child will learn to become a leader and will use these skill at home and continue into the workforce.

Next Programs

Date: 28th September – 6th October 2019

Location: QLD/NSW Border (Transfers from Gold Coast Airport)


Camp Details

We provide most of what your child will need on the program: accommodation, food, uniforms, boots, equipment, local transfers, expert instruction and all the adventurous activities. They will only need to bring underwear, toiletries, sleepwear, a jumper, runners, a pillow and a sleeping bag.

All meals are prepared by a professional service provider. The meals are healthy and nutritionally balanced with no added sugars. Participants are not permitted to bring any form of food on the course. Most religious and special diets can be catered for but there may be additional costs.

Don’t forget to ask us about our Parental Guidance Workshop!

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 Key learning outcomes


Respect for self, respect for others and respect for country is key. Participants will understand that respect is earned through hard work and having a good moral compass that doesn’t sway.


Resilience is the ability to stay balanced or to deal with and recover from adversity. From the very beginning of the program, the participants will have their creature comforts taken away from them such as phones, television and computer games.


Courage will be tested many times throughout our 9-day program. Public speaking, High ropes, camping out under the stars and jumping out of a plane at 12,000 thousand feet are just some examples.


Without honesty there is no trust and without trust comes loneliness. Here at Veteran Mentors we are a team and for that team to reach great heights each member is taught the importance of honesty at an early stage and with this personality trait leaders are born.

Team work

Teamwork is essential in just about every aspect of our life whether that be at home with your family, school, playing sport or in the workforce. Just about every aspect of our program involves teamwork.


Participants will be conditioned to seek additional tasks and complete with haste and minimal Guidance. Without initiative we will always be wasting time waiting for orders and tasks.


Some of the activities involved in our programs include: physical training and nutritional education, making beds, polishing their boots, ironing their uniform, cleaning their barracks, and marching. These seem like menial tasks, however by placing importance on them and creating routine that involves pride in workmanship and exercise, we can help to carry on these routines after a program has finished. In addition to these tasks our attendees will also have a ball participating in climbing rock walls, abseiling, a high ropes course, an Army-style obstacle course, survival training and a tandem parachute jump from 12,000ft.


All programs are primarily conducted in Queensland. However, we encourage children from all over Australia and the world to participate. We also occasionally run programs interstate. To make it easier we only ask parents to get their child to the pre-determined local Airport on the first day of the course and we will provide transport between the airport and the program location. Attendees will be supplied with bunk bed accomodation, access to amenities and will be provided with all their meals during their stay with us.


Veteran Mentors programs are run at purpose-built, student school camp facilities around the country. These areas are chosen for their natural surrounds, isolation from distractions and vicinity to natural waterfalls and bushlands.

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