Dignity through Reconnection and Engagement
Op Bellator is a fully funded new and unique program tailored to assist Veterans and former ADF members with the transition from service to civilian life. The program creates meaningful and supportive networks with like-minded people from both the Services and business.
It doesn’t matter if you have been out 6 weeks or 6 years, the transition to ‘civvy life’ can be challenging to adjust to in the short and long term.
Veterans will participate in outdoor activities, bush craft and team building experiences in a safe, relaxed and familiar environment whilst engaging with people from business and industry in order to build connections. Participants experience real world guidance and support to assist in their transition as well as a series of individual coaching and mentoring sessions with a Self-Leadership and Empowerment coach.
Some of the key elements of Op Bellator draw on the positive effects of nature and the outdoors, moderate physical activity, and mateship . The program aims to build a sense of purpose and achievement in a familiar environment as well as a sense of belonging and camaraderie that is often missing outside of the Military for the Veterans.
We see this as a powerful opportunity to bring the business world into the world of former ADF members and highlight skills, ethics and the value Veterans and former ADF members can bring to the commercial world.
Op Bellator is a 2 day/2 night program which is conducted in the bush from Friday evening through to mid-afternoon on Sunday. Also included in the program are eight private coaching and mentoring calls to help each participant with transition and / or helping them to focus on their goals for the future. The live component of the program is currently delivered by former Special Forces instructors as well as selected former Defence personnel.
All equipment, catering and accomodation is provided from the start of the program until it ends on Sunday. Attendees will need to provide their own suitable clothing (a packing list will be provided upon acceptance into the program) and transport to and from the location which may change from program to program. Currently we conduct the program in South East Queensland.
Content and Activities
Activities and elements that form part of the program would typically include:
It’s part of the TAG secret sauce to keep exact details of the weekend program under wraps in order to maximise your experience and simulate what happens in real life – so much of which is unknown. This assists in challenging each participant to further develop their flexibility, resilience and at times, courage.
After all, the greatest growth occurs outside of your comfort zone!
We officially launched our first program on 23 February 2018 with funding from our sponsor, Downer.
Op Bellator is provided free of charge to *suitable candidates who have undertaken the application process and meet the criteria for the program.
We encourage everyone who is interested in the program to apply now. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry.
There are limited places available for our second program scheduled for 20 June to 1 July in SEQ. We will maintain a wait list for future programs.
The founders have always enjoyed an adventure and embracing challenge – from a solo expedition in the cane fields of remote Queensland as five year olds to the mountains of Madeira and the deserts of Western Iraq, there have been no shortage of adventures over the years.
Helping people to achieve personal and professional excellence is a core component of the experiences at The Adventure Group. We don’t do mediocre.
Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend away with you and your team. Had a great time learning skills not always found or taught in the office… especially learning to navigate by the stars!! Looking forward to more and challenging missions in the future.
I didn’t come with any expectations and was blown away by the whole experience. Something for everyone and the challenges assisted my growth. Fitness levels increased and the environment was perfect for the weekend.
I had high expectations for the weekend and Mick and the team delivered. The sharing of professional and personal experiences and skills by the team is something that few ‘civvies’ rarely have access to. Priceless!
A truly unique experience! Where else do you learn to track, read the terrain, move swiftly through the night (when you’re not caught in a barbed wire fence!) and pack more into a day than many do in a week?!