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 with people you’ve never met before.


You could develop existing skills or interests, try something completely different, attend an intensive training course, volunteer to help others, undertake an environmental project, volunteer abroad.


Look at the DofE website for Residential opportunities in the UK and abroad:


Opportunities in Essex


Volunteer at Mersea International Camp or at Mersea Island Festival – both in August Contact Phil Ager at Mersea Outdoors 01206 38326.


Volunteer with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers – BTCV 01206 76447


The Cirdan Sailing Trust 01621 851433


Programme Ideas - Residential