Leader Camp

"A 4 – night LEADER camp for a selected group of young Aboriginal boys and girls aged 12 years – 18 years in out of home care from across New South Wales. They will be able to participate in self-development and healing sessions joined with inspiring and motivating well-known Aboriginal leaders from around Australia, Elders, the ID Know Yourself team, cultural staff and our CEO / Founder Isaiah Dawe. There will be different ranges of fun, educational, empowering, healing, cultural learning and team building skills that will be taken place in the camp out in the bush/outback. "

Because a lot of Aboriginal young people who are within ‘out of home care’ lack the appropriate and cultural support that they need and who can also expand their mind, hearts and spirit in a fun way - in a youth way. A lot of Aboriginal young people in care aren’t always exposed to incredible role models who they can look up to, at ID Know Yourself we want them to dream, aspire, and believe that they can achieve anything they are wanting to do in life, but show them that they are the solution to the problems in their lives and no one can change them but themselves. After our LEADER camp, they will believe that its possible they can live the dream they want to become a reality.


Every young person will be given an ID Know Yourself LEADER Booklet and an ID Know Yourself; shirt, hat, bag, and hoodie. Tents will be provided, and we would ask if every young person could bring their own pillow and sleeping bag.

Overview of what our LEADER camp could look like:

Day 1:

9:00 -10 am:

Breakfast – Bacon and scrambled Eggs

10:30 – 10:45am:

Welcome to country and cultural protocols: By traditional owner

10:45 - 11:30am:

‘Knowing what makes a great ‘LEADER’ – ID Know Yourself team to hand out LEADER Booklets, Isaiah Dawe CEO / Founder ID Know Yourself to yarn around his story and in becoming a leader.

11:30 – 12:30pm:

Bush trail and then fun game of Capture the flag

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Kangaroo sandwiches, lunch around the camp fire

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Leader and special guest, “” “” speak about being strong and black and their story and personal struggles along the way – to provide healing and empowerment

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Everyone to get put into groups and the eldest fullas will be asked to be the leader in the group – the game called ‘Find the clue’ will be played. The young people will be given clues around the bush to solve and to make it to a destination first, the team to get to the final clue first, gets a deadly prize.

3:30pm – 5:00pm

(free time)

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Making your own Emu soup with damper feed and camp fire with your team (without lighters, traditional ways)

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Yarn time with CEO/ Founder Isaiah Dawe

Healing session, talking upon things that make us uncomfortable and that we are insecure about. (in those groups, people will write 3 positive things about another person and then as a team they will read it out aloud to that one person in their group. Isaiah Dawe will then talk about how to ‘overcome adversity and the power of possibility’

8:00pm Bed time – sleeping in tents (2 mentors, male/female to be on watch system)

Day 2:

9:00 – 10:00 am

Breakfast – Cereal and toast with Yoghurt and fruit

10:00am – 11:30am

Leader and special guest – “”” Talk about LEADER and what one key lesson they’ve learnt along their life time that they tell themselves every day to keep them a proud, strong and powerful Aboriginal person

11:30am – 12pm

The group of young people will be tested to step outside their comfort zone and speak about 3 main key attributes a Leader should have and what a leader does as apposed to other people.


Lunch – Chicken Burgers and salad

1pm – 3pm

Physical fitness and mental fitness session – lifting, pulling, stretching and exercising the body and mind to overcome and strive further than we imagined originally

3pm – 4:30pm

Free time

4:30pm – 6pm

Leading Aboriginal actor and singer to speak about overcoming life’s barriers and tips and be a leader for your mob and community and importantly for yourself. The singer to play songs around the fire after wards

6pm – 7pm

Dinner - Echidna and damper with dessert

8pm – 9pm

Comedian and funny stories with – Aboriginal comedian

9pm – bed time

Day 3:

9:00am – 10:00am

Breakfast – Cereal, spaghetti on toast and eggs on toast

10am – 11am

Aboriginal Leader and model – “” speak about her story and overcoming adversity and the importance of valuing yourself and not listening to other negative perceptions from others.

11am – 12pm

Men’s and women’s business

12pm – 1pm

Lunch – Steak Sandwiches

1pm – 2pm

Aboriginal leader and sportsman – “” speak about having effort and what makes you a strong Aboriginal person

2pm – 5pm

Young men taught how to make a Didgeridoo and play, and the young women will be taught how to weave

5pm – 6pm

Free time

6pm – 7pm

Dinner and yarn with Mentors and staff

Day 4:

9:30am - 10:30am

Breakfast – Bacon and Eggs with cereal with an option

10:30am – 11:30am

Young people to interview “” – on how to develop strong leadership qualities and to be proud of your Aboriginality

11:30am – 1pm

Yarn time – cultural learnings with Uncle “ “

1pm – 2pm

Lunch – Kangaroo and salad sandwiches

2pm – 3:30pm

Bush games – everyone set in teams and they play – Oz tag, soccer, bulrush and 4 x 4 home

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Young leader and business owner – to speak about the importance of never giving up and pursuing your dream

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Free time

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Dinner – Fish and chips & dessert, Marshmellows by the camp fire

7:00pm – 9pm

Yarn and reflect before the trip back home

9am – pack up and leave to go back home

LEADER is a principle that stands for: