Young Endeavour - Community Scholarship

Young Endeavour 2018

Charters Towers Regional Council has secured one (1) berth on the national sail training ship “The Young Endeavour” for a voyage in 2024 and is now seeking applications from individuals interested in taking part in this life changing experience.

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme partners with a number of organisations who offer scholarships for students, staff and young people in the community to join a voyage on Young Endeavour.  A voyage on the tall ship Young Endeavour is a life-changing experience and offers much more than simply learning to sail. 

Young people take away with them skills for life, including communication, leadership, teamwork, self-esteem and a greater understanding of themselves and each other. As one of the 24-strong youth crew, the successful candidate will meet the challenges of sailing the tall ship including climbing the 30m mast, setting sails, navigating, keeping watch and taking the helm, and live ‘between decks’ in a close community with other youth crew from a diversity of places and backgrounds.


The successful applicant will sail from Mackay on 6 May and arrive in Cairns 16 May, with transport to the place of departure and home once the voyage has been completed their own responsibility.

A voyage aboard Young Endeavour is not a leisurely cruise, but rather adventure training at sea. Each youth crew member is expected to participate fully in all aspects of sailing a tall ship. 

Activities include:

  • Climbing aloft and working 30 metres above the deck, requiring enough upper body strength to support his/her own body weight and coordination of limbs to climb and haul on ropes both on deck and aloft;
  • Watch keeping duties which necessitate working extended periods and may result in limited and broken sleep;
  • Living and working with other people in confined spaces and often arduous conditions; and
  • Learning new skills and routines to ensure both individual and shipboard safety.


The Candidate must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be 16 – 23 years old on the day of departure of the voyage;
  • be able to swim 50 metres;
  • weigh less than 120 kg and be in good health;
  • not have previously sailed in Young Endeavour;
  • be a resident/boarding student of the Charters Towers Regional Council area; and
  • make a presentation to Council on conclusion of the journey for Council’s Public Record.

Offers are provisional until the candidate completes a Young Endeavour Youth Scheme health questionnaire, including their doctor’s assessment of their ability to undertake the voyage. All expenses associated with this process will be the candidate’s responsibility. This may be subject to further assessment by the Navy Fleet Medical Officer. A copy of the mandatory health questionnaire can be provided on request.

Please note for safety reasons there are certain medical conditions, including some controlled by medication, which may preclude participation in the voyage, for example:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Epilepsy
  • Depression and Mental Illness treated by medication
  • Severe Asthma
  • Communicable Diseases such as Chicken Pox, Glandular Fever and German Measles
  • Broken or sprained limbs
  • Pregnancy (due to increased possibility of seasickness and complications such as ectopic pregnancy)

While the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme will make every effort to place the candidate on a voyage, the unique nature of the activities undertaken aboard a tall ship may require the need to take the candidate’s safety, and that of the ship and other crew, into account when considering any health issues that may potentially be exacerbated by lack of sleep, sea sickness or physical exertion.

How to Apply

Please complete the following, making sure to address the selection criteria, and remembering to obtain your parent’s consent (if under 18 years of age). Should you require more space for your response, please attach your additional documentation to this form. Should you have any queries, please contact Council’s Executive Manager Community Building, Hayley Thompson on 07 4761 5300.

Nominations should be returned via one of the following methods:

  • Completing an ONLINE FORM
  • Downloading an application HERE.  Paper nominations should be returned via one of the following methods:

In Person:  12 Mosman Street, Charters Towers


Mail:           Chief Executive Officer
                   Charters Towers Regional Council
                   PO Box 189
                   CHARTERS TOWERS   QLD   4820  

Closing Date

Nominations close 4pm Friday, 23 February 2024.