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CFA Challenge 2017
Andrea Bastow, from Kilmore Fire Brigade was a participant of Challenge 2016 and strongly recommends this opportunity to other members.
“Whether you want to take the next step as a leader or if you want to learn more about what you are capable of, Challenge is the ideal experience for you” said Andrea. “I not only picked up new skills and learned things about myself, but I’ve also built a bond and found lifelong friendships” she added. “The CFA Challenge Program taught me that I can rise to any challenge – I can even climb a mountain apparently” .
Katelyn Stares, now a senior member at Sebastopol, says if it wasn't for experiences such as the CFA Challenge Program, which she attended in 2014, she wouldn't be the person she is today.
CFA Challenge Program is an annual, 12-day leadership development program open to all CFA members aged 16 and above. Since 1994 more than 800 members have taken part in the Chairman’s Scholarship/Challenge Program. Challenge 2017 will run from Saturday 14 January to Wednesday 25 January 2017 at Creswick and in Gippsland.
Challenge 2017 applications are now open online and must be completed, endorsed by the Brigade Captain/Line Manager and submitted to the local District Learning and Development Team by Wednesday 14 September 2016.
The program aims to identify potential future leaders, and present challenges and experiences that will uncover and enhance their leadership abilities. The first three days of the program are conducted at Melbourne University’s Creswick Campus, Creswick where participants explore their values and goals, and gain a greater understanding of their own motivators and personal interactions. These concepts are then put into practice as participants spend seven days in the bush, led by Outward Bound Australia, working to break down their own boundaries, overcome fears and test their team work and leadership abilities.
While participants are undertaking activities such as hiking, caving, rock climbing, abseiling or canoeing, they are also discovering more about themselves, developing self-reliance, and improving their team work and leadership skills.
Past participants consistently describe Challenge as a ‘life changing experience’. It has become a highly regarded and sought-after development opportunity for which participants are selected on merit, enthusiasm and leadership potential. Challenge runs 2 courses simultaneously - Group 1 - CFA members 16 & 17 years of age and Group 2 - CFA members over the age of 18 years.
To apply, download the Application & Selection Guidelines and relevant Application Formfrom:
Brigades Online/Intranet (https://cfaonline.cfa.vic.gov.au>Training>Course Information>Challenge).