Selection Criteria

Youth at risk who may be selected for a Vitae Challenge should be male and between 11 and 13 years of age, 'ready' for positive change, commit himself to 5 days of water and land based adventurous activities and 12 months of mentoring.

He should be currently off drugs and substance abuse, have a reasonable level of health and fitness for working outdoors and bush walking and paddling.

He should be ready to disclose any criminal record and ready to disclose any psychiatric background and treatment. More detailed criteria will be contained in the Application Form.

Youth and Parent/Guardian Commitment

Each youth who nominates for the Vitae Challenge must commit to participate fully in both the Bush Phase and the Mateship Phase. Likewise the parent/guardian must commit to supporting and encouraging the youth in his commitment.