Gold Residential


At Gold, DofE Participants are given a 5th section to complete, in addition to the 4 sections of Volunteering, Physical, Skill, Expedition, that are already part of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. The residential section is designed as an immersive experience to improve confidence and team building whilst on a shared endeavour.

For a Gold Residential section participants need to undertake a shared activity or specific course with people they don’t know, in a residential setting away from home and in an unfamiliar environment. Evenings are as much a part of the experience as daytime activities. Working, eating, socialising, sleeping in the same establishment is an important part of the course.

Think of it as a bit like a Volunteering, a Physical or a Skill section but completed residentially, with a group of people you don’t already know.

You must join the residential as an individual and not with an existing group of friends. On our residentials we are able to accept a small number of people who already know each other as we can keep them apart working in separate teams throughout.

The Gold residentials all take place over five consecutive days with four nights spent away.

Without exception, Gold participants always enjoy these experiences and come away with lifelong friends. Participants learn about getting along with new people in a new environment…a bit like a first week away at University or in a new job. Check out some of the positive comments below.

"Such an incredible experience! Learnt loads of new skills and made lots of new friends."

"An excellent week making great new friends and learning fascinating new skills."

"A thoroughly enjoyable week that provided the opportunity to try out lots of different activities in a friendly, relaxed environment."

"It was a lovely relaxed environment, where I was able to learn skills that were completely new to me and make friends I will definitely keep in touch with

A whole new side of life it's an adventure never to be forgotten!"

"Lots of different activities that we could throw ourselves into"

"It was excellent and very well organized"

"It was the most enjoyable experience I have ever had"

"Thanks for a great week! Incredible value and lots of fun. Will recommend this to anyone...."

"I had an amazing time, I just wanted to say thank you all for the hard work and effort you put it, it really made the difference"

"The menu was so well planned and everything tasted amazing, generally an amazing camp, one of the best I've ever been on and am grateful to have experienced it."


Residential Offerings

Canal and Rivers Trust at Foxton Locks

Cambridgeshire DofE Open Award Centre is pleased to offer an exciting residential opportunity to Gold Award Participants.

  • Would you like to help the Canal and River Trust maintain our beautiful waterways?

  • Would you like to volunteer in their customer service areas?

  • Would you like to learn how to be a lock keeper?

We have these activities and more in our 5-day itinerary.

Foxton Locks is a beautiful place steeped in history with a strong team of volunteers managing most of the day to day tasks. The buildings and locks are a scheduled monument designated protection by Historic England, and as such require careful and considerate maintenance.

This residential project involves helping out this wonderful national charity with various tasks for the benefit of all the visitors and the users of the waterways.

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