To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity in a group of people who have never met each other before, all in the same role and aiming to achieve shared objectives. You also have to be in shared accommodation – bunkhouse, hostel, camping, dormitory…………viking longhouse………….
It’s a big, exciting and very fulfilling experience that you will never forget. It may be that you want to build on a talent you’ve developed in another section, learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something to help others. From learning to snowboard in Scotland to helping at a children’s camp; working with the National Trust to helping on an urban recycling project; learning French in Paris to sailing a tall ship, there are loads of exciting possibilities to find the activity that’s just right for you.
There are specific criteria you must fulfill, see the Residential guide here, but the opportunities are wide ranging in all respects, including cost.
Dorset offers three amazing and unique Residentials at each of the County’s Outdoor Education Centres during the summer. Read about them below and contact us us for more details and booking form.
Intrepid Geology Lives! Monday 21st to Friday 25th August 2017 £ 330
Make new friends and learn at first hand new skills in the adventurous research of geology. Enjoy a truly exclusive week in bunkhouse accommodation at our secluded private campsite on the edge of Wareham Forest. The Dorset OE and DofE team are bringing together an action packed week of exploration by way of thrilling activities. Face the challenge of discovering a variety of exciting means to explore our coast from a unique point of view, taking you to where few others will ever have the skills to venture. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will present you with amazing experiences in a variety of stunning and hidden locations, alongside the expertise and support of Richard Edmonds: Earth Science Manager for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Team until he went freelance. Adventurous activities will include sea kayaking, abseiling, climbing, rock hopping, coasteering. Beginners in these activities are encouraged to come along.
Ancient Technology at the ATC, in Cranborne. Link here
Living History/Archaeology Gold Residential in the Cranborne Chase. Monday 24th to Friday 28th July 2017 £ 320. This unequalled Gold Residential experience will take place at The Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset alongside Dorset County Council’s qualified and experienced Outdoor Education staff. The Centre is situated serenely on a chalk hillside next to the village of Cranborne in the Cranborne Chase and houses several reconstructed buildings from the Stone Age to Viking periods. The week will include learning various tradition construction techniques (e.g. cob, thatch, carpentry and green woodworking) using authentic tools and assisting in the repair and maintenance of our buildings and site. Participants will also be given the chance to experience other “hands on” ancient skills such as traditional fire making, authentic cookery, medieval combat techniques such as sword and knife fighting, rope and cordage making, monolith moving and storytelling. To complete your journey back into time your shared accommodation will be in our fabulous reconstructed Viking Longhouse.
Field Studies at Leeson House, Langton Matravers. Link here
Conservation Gold Residential near Swanage. Tuesday 28th August to Sat 2nd September 2017 £ 320
This Gold Residential will be held at Leeson House, a secluded and comfortable manor house on the awesome Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The week will include activities such as conservation work, rock pooling, bush craft, geocaching and kayaking over the sea grass meadows which are home to the endangered spiny seahorse. It will also include a night under the stars and there will be a beach BBQ to round off your Gold Residential in style. The week will be supported by staff from Dorset CC Outdoor Education Service and DofE Volunteers
Leeson is the premier Field Studies base in Dorset. It is close to many classic geography, geology and biology fieldwork sites and set within 7 acres of inspiring and diverse grounds.
More information about what each OE Centre can offer is found here.
The DofE Opportunity Finder continuously lists many more DofE Residentials here, where opportunities can be filtered as you wish. Potential choices must be agreed by the County Manager and an application form is to be found here
More Residential information is to be found here