14TH National Leadership Camp, 12th – 15th July 2017

“My overall experience at NLC was like nothing else. I have never learned so much in any environment. The lessons I learned, whether I go into a leadership role or not, will be applied and cherished!”

 NSW 2017 Year 11 Student

Nominations For 2018 NOW OPEN

You can nominate a young person to attend NLC ’18 by completing the nomination form by clicking on the link below. Once you have nominated a young person they will receive an email to complete student profile. Once this has been submitted the student’s nomination will be complete.

Young people can be nominated by any parent, teacher, school or community member. If you have any questions about NLC or the nomination process please contact our office at (02) 8070 9217 OR NLC@BurnBright.org.au.

What Is NLC All About?

NLC is a highly interactive, challenging and motivating program that brings together students from across Australia. The program focuses on developing personal character and a sense of value, identity and purpose whilst also enhancing leadership and character resiliency skills.

Over four jam-packed days, NLC will delve into vision, values, grit and service to enable leadership growth and development. What sets NLC apart is the small group experience enabling mentored discussion and reflection. This unique opportunity allows students to unpack the highly engaging keynote speakers, interactive seminars and outdoor team challenges that make up the remainder of the program.


12th – 15th

JULY 2018

To cater for students wellbeing, we strongly recommend students from inter-state and rural NSW arrive in the evening on Wednesday 11th July.









$550 (gst-free)

The price includes all accommodation, meals, venue hire, a resource folder and all camp activities!

Students arriving on Wednesday 11th July, will incur an extra cost of $75 to cover accomodation, dinner and breakfast costs.


“As a parent I really appreciate the things that you have offered my child and believe that he has taken away so much in the way of positivity and increased confidence. Keep up the fabulous work you do with NLC – you are making a positive difference in the lives of so many young people.”

“Mother of a Year 11, NSW Delegate.”


(02) 8070 9217


NLC has helped me figure out who I am and also let me find so many ways to communicate with others.”  

Maddie, Year 11 Delegate from WA

I have never felt as close to a team as I have with my small group… Been one of the greatest team experiences of my life.”  

Connor, Year 12 Delegate from NSW

“The quality of speakers was outstanding and inspirational… Unlike anything else I can experience anywhere else for the better!”

Jackson, Year 10 Delegate from TAS

What Happens at NLC?

Vision, Values, Grit, Service

Each day at NLC is framed around a particular theme; vision, values, grit and service. Each of these themes we believe form the foundation of leadership. To help us explore the particular theme of the day the program (see below) is written to enhance, excite and challenge students understanding. We don’t just operate in the realm of ideas though, we believe in being able to take these ideas and apply them into leadership straight away!

The Programme

Our programme is based on over 13 years of experience running National Leadership Camp. The programme is jam packed and designed to make the most of the 4 days we have together. Throughout the 4 days students are broken into small groups of about 10 other students. This small group is lead by 3 adult mentors who are specifically chosen by Burn Bright. The program is designed to have a variety of elements to create a holistic experience for everyone who attends. Each day students participate in small group discussions, large teamwork based group challenges, listen to inspiring speakers from around Australia and New Zealand and are challenged and encouraged to think about what leadership means for them.

Our Speakers

In previous years a wide and diverse range of speakers have shared their story with students at NLC. Past speakers have included Robyn Moore, Pip Russell, Nathan Hulls, David Koch, Barnaby Howarth, Mike Baird and more! There are lots of surprises in store for 2018! Watch this space.

Our Team

Our fabulous and amazing team are the people who bring NLC to life! We are lucky to have volunteers who come from all parts of Australia and New Zealand. These people give up their time because they understand and know the impact NLC has on young people. Many of our team first experienced NLC as a delegate and have been doing everything they can to come back and serve the next generation of young people!

Some Key Questions Answered

Do All Young People Get Accepted To Attend NLC

NLC ’18 has a maximum capacity of 120 student attendees, including 10 returning delegates from the past years camp. Generally the first 120 young people to be nominated will be accepted. NLC has State by State quotas in place to ensure it is a truly national event. Burn Bright does reserve the right to decline a nomination. If a nomination is declined full payment will be returned.

Is NLC Endorsed?

We are proud to say that NLC 2018 is endorsed by the Federal Department of Education and Training and the Minster for Education and Training the Hon. Simon Burmingham.

Why Do We Ask Young People To Be Nominated?

For two reasons. Firstly, we feel that adults in young people’s lives will be the best people to encourage their attendance at NLC and help them prepare for the event. Secondly, we feel that NLC is a truly impactful event and subsequently we ask that young people are nominated to have an adult they can check in with and process the experience once they return home. We encourage nominators to play a role in providing support, guidance, encouragement and helping young people to put into action what they learned at NLC.

Who Should Attend NLC?

Any young person who shows an ability to influence others, who has a passion to make a difference in their school or community or who desires to enhance their leadership potential should attend.
Young people who attend NLC are in Years 10 – 12 (15-18 years). We have found students in Years 10 and 11 get the most out of the experience.

What Supervision Structures Are in Place at NLC?

NLC has an adult to student ratio of 1:3. We ensure that we have a highly trained and skilled group of volunteers and Burn Bright employees who are on hand to ensure the experience is unforgettable for all students who attend. During the camp students are broken into a small group of about 10 other students with 3 dedicated adult leaders. We have a camp counsellor on site 24/7 for any issues that may arise during the time away at camp. It is a requirement that every leader and team member who steps onsite at NLC has a valid Working With Children Check and has passed a National Police Check. Male and female students are also provided with separate accommodation.

Steps To Nominating A Young Person To Attend Camp

NLC has a nomination process for two main reasons. Firstly, to reach out to our network and community to nominate young people to NLC who they see will find real value in the camp. Secondly, to ensure the young person has a support network and adult mentor in the lead up to camp and also after the delegate has returned home.

  • A Young Person Is Nominated To Attend

    A teacher, community member or a parent nominates a young person to attend NLC, through the online nomination form, accessed from above.

  • The Student & Parent/Guardian Completes Student Profile

    As step two of the nomination process the parent / guardian and the student completes some final key details of the nomination process.

  • The Nomination is Reviewed

    All applications for camp are considered for their suitability to attend. Delegates will receive an official acceptance letter from Burn Bright confirming their attendance.

  • Final Confirmations Are Received

    A few weeks out from camp delegates will be contacted with their pre camp packs.

  • The Young Person Attends NLC

    The young person attends NLC in Sydney July 2018.

Transportation – How Can i Get There?

There are two transportation options available:

1. Make your own way to and from: Vision Valley Conference Centre, Arcadia, Sydney NSW

2. Supervised buses departing Sydney Domestic Airport and Central Railway Station will be arranged for delegates needing transportation to the venue.

Student flights and general transport bookings must be made to correspond with the following coaches times available:

  1. Wednesday 11th July: bus departing Sydney Domestic Airport 5:00pm – we strongly recommend all interstate / rural students arrive on Wednesday evening (an extra cost of $75 will be applicable for meals and accomodation)
  2. Thursday 12th July: bus departing Sydney Domestic Airport 8:45am – please book arriving flights before 8.30am
  3. Thursday 12th July: bus departing Central train station 9:00am

Students are expected to arrive back at these locations for drop-off on Sunday, July 15th. You will need to organise your own transport (e.g. flight, train, etc..) from these locations. We suggest you make any relevant flight/bus/train bookings for after 5:30pm on Sunday.

  • Sunday 15th July: bus arriving at Sydney Domestic Airport approx. 4:45pm – please make flight bookings later than 5.30pm
  • Sunday 15th July: bus arriving at Central Station approx. 4:30pm

Financial Support For Students

The actual cost of running NLC is approximately $800 per student. However, to keep NLC affordable Burn Bright fundraises to cover the difference. We do not want finances to be a barrier for anyone to attend. Therefore, we have put together a sponsorship kit (please email nlc@burnbright.org.au to request a copy), which gives you a letter of endorsement, as well as a host of fundraising ideas to assist you to raise the necessary funds to attend NLC. Our team is happy to support you in any way possible.

We have found that the young people who put in an effort to fundraise to attend NLC gain a whole lot more out of the experience than those who are sponsored with little or any effort. We have also found that young people who have a strong desire to attend have been able to raise the funds, as there are generally many businesses and organisations in each local community who are willing to support the initiative.

Please let us know sooner rather than later if money is an issue for you! Part and full scholarships will also be available for a limited amount of delegates based on a set criteria. Please email nlc@burnbright.org.au for more information.