Bush Phase

Vitae believes that wilderness based training is most beneficial in helping to change values and therefore change behaviour. Vitae has continuously sponsored wilderness based training in the bush since 2006. This training is designed to challenge young Australian males to improve their life skills and make better life choices.

The Bush Phase is conducted by Blue Peter/the Sea School and is a total of 5 days of water and wilderness based intervention to move the youth away from negative and anti-social behaviours. The Bush Phase is conducted in and around the islands of Moreton Bay, Queensland.

The Bush Phase consists of the following elements:

  1. Living in the bush learning to be comfortable and secure, to ensure that physiological and safety needs are met. It involves sailing, kayaking, hiking, team building, bush craft and adventure activities. This time allows the outdoors to work its healing.

  2. Spending time in reflection for participants to plan their future and make resolutions on how to better live their lives.

  3. A Graduation Ceremony in the presence of Parents/Guardians, Referees and the adult males, the Mates, who will mentor each youth for the next 12 months.