KCYP volunteer leaders


Kokoda Challenge Youth Program


The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program has been the Kokoda Youth Foundation’s flagship program since its inception in 2005. Although the program has evolved over the years to better equip today’s youth with the tools to face challenges, the values remain the same: inspiring local kids to persevere through adversity using the values of the Kokoda Spirit – courage, endurance, mateship, and sacrifice.

KCYP relies on volunteer leaders to mentor young people through their journey of tackling the 96km Kokoda Challenge, embarking on a peak experience in Malaysia, and engaging in community service. You will be there to guide the Kokoda Kids every step of the way.

Applications for our 2024 KCYP have closed. Register you interest for KCYP 2025 below.

Team building at Camp Kokoda

The program begins with a 2-day adventure camp at Camp Kokoda, our outdoor education facility in Mount Maroon. This is where the kids and your fellow leaders will get to know each other through activities like the giant swing and high ropes course, designed to push you out of your comfort zone and learn about group dynamics.

Applications for our 2024 KCYP have closed. Register you interest for KCYP 2025 below.

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The 96km
Kokoda Challenge

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After the adventure camp, the team will dive into the training plan for the 96 km Kokoda Challenge, known as Australia’s toughest team endurance event. This will include weekly bushwalks through some of Southeast Queensland’s most stunning hikes, building strength and fitness to get ready for this unique experience.

Applications for our 2024 KCYP have closed. Register you interest for KCYP 2025 below.

The trip of a lifetime

After completing the Kokoda Challenge, the team will begin training for the peak experience, which will include the Sandakan Memorial March in Malaysia. The Sandakan Death March was a series of brutal forced marches committed against Australian and British prisoners of war during World War II in Borneo. The prisoners were held in a camp in Sandakan and subjected to harsh conditions, including disease, starvation, and mistreatment. This trek will follow their footsteps.

This trip will also include a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where a number of orphaned orangutans are cared for and white water rafting down the Kiulu River.

Applications for our 2024 KCYP have closed. Register you interest for KCYP 2025 below.

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Community service

This phase of the program is a highlight for many. The Kokoda Challenge is the ultimate test, and the peak experience is the ultimate adventure, but there’s nothing like giving back to the community and connecting with like-minded charities that are making a positive impact on local lives.

You will engage in regular community service activities, including helping Sea Shepherd put an end to polluted beaches, assisting disability workers on days out in the surf with Disabled Surfers Association, and volunteering at the Gold Coast’s Raw Challenge (followed by completing the course!). This is an opportunity for the Kokoda Kids to learn the importance of giving back and making a valuable impact in their community.
Volunteering as a Kokoda Challenge Youth Program leader is a big commitment but an even bigger reward. You get to see firsthand the transformation of young people, watch their confidence grow, and see them reach their full potential. This journey is unlike any other and must be experienced to be explained.
"What I didn’t realise when I first started on this journey was that working with these amazing young adults would turn out to be one of the most rewarding & humbling experiences I have ever had - Rodney, Kokoda Challenge Youth Program Volunteer Leader"

If you’re looking to volunteer at our Digital Detox Program, please get in touch at ddp@kokodayouthfoundation.com
Alternatively, if you’re looking to volunteer at our Kokoda Challenge events, browse available roles and apply here .

What to expect

Mentor local kids in the community

Give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of young people.

Meet likeminded volunteers

Form friendships with other volunteers that will become lifelong friends.


Keep experiencing history and culture

Hike the 96km Kokoda Challenge

You'll conquer Ausralia's toughest team endurance event alongside your group


Keep gain new skills and learn history.


Keep giving back to our community.

All expenses paid

Entry into The Kokoda Challenge, your trip to Malaysia and even your trekking pants and shirts will be covered.

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