Youth Leadership Camp Program

The camps run over three days commencing either Monday or Wednesday morning depending on which camp.  Students and supervisors are welcomed by the camp co-ordinators, mentors and Oorala staff. After registration and a short orientation and 'get to know you' session a light lunch is served giving participants an opportunity to interact and share.

Youth Development Camp team building activityStudents have a role in setting their own rules at the beginning of each camp and the values of Leadership, Learning, Culture & Wellbeing are reinforced throughout the program

The program includes:

  • Short lectures and practical sessions run by academic staff at UNE;
  • Gym and field training sessions and exposure to sports science;
  • Cultural development sessions to encourage the students to take pride in their Aboriginality;
  • Developing a set of values to make good decisions;
  • Panels with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander current UNE students and role models
  • UNE college experience


Students and their accompanying supervisors stay on-campus in comfortable rooms at one of the residential colleges.

There is no cost involved in attending the camps.

Youth Leadership Camp awards Night - girls showing their certificatesAwards Ceremony

The camps conclude with an Awards Ceremony on the final day to celebrate and acknowledge the students’ achievements. All participants, role models, parents/carers and sponsors are invited the afternoon tea (at no cost).

Student Safety

The safety and well-being of camp participants is our top priority.

Students are under adult supervision at all times. Procedures are in place in case of emergency and staff holding First Aid Certificates can administer first aid if required. If medical assistance is needed students will be taken to the nearby hospital and parents/carers duly notified.

The exercise and sports sessions in the program vary from camp to camp but may include weights training, wall climbing, boxing for fitness (non-combative) and Sports Science fitness testing. These sessions are conducted by experienced, qualified professionals and are suitable for a wide range of abilities. However, if a student does not feel comfortable in taking part in an activity, they are not required to do so. Please be aware that a reasonable level of health and fitness is necessary to participate in the sport sessions of the camps and students need to be injury free.

All staff, volunteers and supervisors involved in the camps have a current NSW Government Working with Children Check clearance. All Oorala staff have been trained in UNE policy and procedures.