Thank you for your interest in becoming a Pathways into Womanhood Camp Leader. Demand for Pathways programs is growing rapidly and this is a great opportunity to join a high impact social venture. This training program will be exciting and experiential and is designed to tap into your individuality and creativity.
Please note that this training is specifically designed so that even if you have nothing further to do with the Pathways Foundations and its programs, you will still gain enormous value from the experience that will be of great assistance in many other areas of your life.
Our organisation is going through a strong growth phase as we move towards achieving our vision of creating a contemporary Rite of Passage that is available to every boy and girl in Australia. We are excited about training more leaders to take this program to many more communities around Australia.
Becoming a Pathways Camp Leader will enable you to provide a much needed service to your community. It is not a substitute for full time employment. Once you have completed your training the wage paid to you as a Camp Leader will support you to maintain your income whilst you’re away from your other employment.
As we have limited places and need to assess all applications please ensure we receive your registration paperwork as soon as possible. Please read this document carefully and answer the questions in the application form if you wish to proceed.
Pathways is unique in the way that we approach facilitating Rites of Passage for girls in Australia. The girl and her mother or mentor attends a camp where the girls are challenged physically, mentally and emotionally. The girls have the opportunity to hear women’s stories and ask questions.
Here she can be acknowledged and heard, her intrinsic qualities seen and appreciated and her future inspired by the stories of older women. This time has the potential to nurture and strengthen the mother-daughter bond, and facilitate an appreciation of difference among her peers, as she enters a time of great change.
Importantly the girls are outnumbered by grown women who are all working together for the benefit of the girls and are interested in their future. Results have been outstanding with excellent feedback from parents, teachers and the girls themselves as well as showing improved performance at school, decreased usage of drugs and alcohol, better family relationships and higher self esteem.
…taking time out to be with each other at the Pathways program has strengthened and deepened my
relationship with my daughter and myself. Respect & acceptance for each other as mother and daughter,
women and individuals has predominantly increased since the program…..she is more solid in herself
resulting in much needed raised self-esteem…she is more at peace and confident with where she is in
her life……………… Debbie Dunn (Mother)
I witnessed my daughter take small steps into her own authority, be more fully in herself (instead of
hiding) and more confident in engaging with her world……. Tamsin (Mother)
Jamilla has not watched the OC once, actually hardly any TV and is writing in her journal everyday, they
certainly have been big changes that have been obvious, but I can tell she has had a real sense of who
she is and where she fits in the world…….. Debra (Mother)
I urge you if something is missing, for you, if something eludes you in your life
This ‘Pathways into Womanhood’ programme will show you, gift you with the very source of that
longing……. Odile Lambert (Mother)
As a mother and grandmother I learned so much about being female. I only wish I could have
experienced this 40 years ago.……. Kaye R
I feel this experience has benefited me in so many ways. I have so much more understanding about being
a woman. It was sooo great to be able to express my feelings knowing I wasn’t judged. The women and
young women I was with are absolutely beautiful every single one. I couldn’t have asked for anyone
else.……. Ashlea R
Thank you is not enough. All you leaders are amazing. Beautiful women and I can’t thank you enough. I’ll
treasure the memories.…….Young Woman 09 2007
I believe that in taking this journey, I have learnt so many lessons that I will carry with me forever, I will
never forget the friendships I’ve made, challenges I’ve faced and lessons I’ve learnt.
I will take this with me all my life…….Madelin McIvor
During this outstanding program I learnt so much about everything there is to be known about becoming a
young woman and bonding with some amazing girls. It was worth the whole world and I will take every
little bit home with me! All in all a fantastic experience I will have my whole life.
A big thanks to all the leaders and returning young women.……. Zoe L. 14 years
We welcome your interest and participation in this exciting Leadership Training that will enable you to be
part of the teams that lead the ‘Pathways into Womanhood’ programs.
To become a Pathways Camp Leader you will have to complete a two stage training process. Stage one
is a four day residential camp. On this camp you will be trained by women who are leaders in the field of
contemporary Rite of Passage work for girls in Australia, and you will:
At the completion of stage one you will be assessed by the Leadership team to determine if you are
suitable to progress to stage two of the training. At that point you may be invited to continue. If you are not
invited to progress you will be given a full explanation as to why not and recommendations as to further
personal development work you can do.
Stage two consists of being mentored and trained on three camps. A designated Senior Camp Leader
will be allocated to take responsibility to train and mentor you on the camps. Over the duration of these
three camps you will be given clear roles and responsibilities which will enable you to be assessed
against predetermined criteria. It is envisaged that after three camps you will have had an opportunity to
demonstrate the required competencies to move up to a Probationary Leader. Some trainees may not be
ready at this stage and may have to attend more camps.
We are working on a spiral model that allows women to be recognised for prior experience and to progress at a pace that is appropriate to their experience and skills. The entry point for these women is to attend stage one of the training and once into stage two they will be able to demonstrate their readiness to progress quickly through the Leadership levels and be recognised accordingly.
All trainees will have a file that will clearly show where they are up to on the development track at the end of each camp. These files will be stored in the National Training Office and be available to the trainees upon request. All files will remain strictly confidential.
If you require assistance, please contact:
Pathways Foundation’s National Training Office
P.O Box 416
Narooma NSW 2546
Ph: 1300 850 766 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
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