The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Residential Project

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The Gold Residential Project offers Participants unique experiences that truly broaden horizons, challenges their outlook and/or extends their comfort zone.
At the heart of the Gold Residential Project is the undertaking of a purposeful experience with people who are not the Participant’s usual companions, working towards a common goal. Adding to this, the young person is also outside of their usual place of residence, often in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people. It is hoped that the Gold Residential Project rewards Gold Award Participants with a sense of personal achievement, enhanced social connection with new and interesting people, and a truly life changing experience.

Residential Project Locations & Dates

Next Dates: Monday 5 – Friday 9 July 2021

What Is The Purpose Of This Residential Project?

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

The NAIDOC 2021 theme is Heal Country! It calls for all of us to to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

So, we’ve asked the local Ngunnawal community to tell their stories of Country, through:

  • a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony
  • bush tucker walks and talks
  • traditional land management session with Tidbinbilla Rangers
  • indigenous art session (pending)
  • bush regeneration session

Your registration fee also includes:

  • 5 days / 4 nights accommodation in cabin style rooms with flushing toilets and hot showers
  • All meals for the duration of your stay
  • a day on the high ropes course at Outward Bound’s base
  • Campfire night
  • All transport during project time (as required)
  • 24/7 supervision. Outward Bound team will be with you/your child at all times.
  • Group emergency communications incl. satellite phone and emergency beacons
  • National park fees (if applicable)
This NAIDOC Week program is open to participants aged 16-25, in accordance with Gold Duke of Ed requirements. Participants do not necessarily need to be completing the Award to attend.

Next Dates: 2022 dates tbc. Please look at Tharwa, ACT dates.

 

Location: Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC)

Arrival: 9:45am on Day 1

Departure: 2:00pm on Day 5

 

What Is The Purpose Of This Residential Project?

Bush regeneration within the Blue Mountains National Park. Offered in partnership with Blue Mountains City Council and Bushcare. Your activities may include tree planting, weed removal, and litter picking. You will be guided in how to ‘see’ the bush when it is damaged and restored.

You will also take part in Welcome to Country with local Traditional Custodians, and learn how to recognise constellations in the night sky (weather and visibility permitted).

 

Your Residential Project registration fee includes:

  • 4 nights / 5 days accommodation in cabin style rooms with flushing toilets and hot showers
  • Guided project
  • All meals for the duration of your stay, catered by a professional pastry chef!
  • Welcome to Country
  • Stargazing instruction
  • Campfire night (weather and fire bans permitting)
  • 24/7 supervision. Outward Bound team will be with you/your child at all times.
  • Group emergency communications
  • National park fees (where applicable)
Do more than the minimum! Come on an extended Outdoor Adventure Course!

Why stop at 5-days? Challenge yourself to see what you are truly made of, with other people just like you. Our extended journeys are open to everyone, not just those completing the Award. Broaden your horizons and put all your developed skills to the test.

Are you 16 or 17 years old? Navigator is the program for you!

18 years or older? Commit yourself to a month in one of Australia’s most remote landscapes. Join Karri to Coast!

Have you completed your Gold Adventurous Journeys?

Outward Bound Australia also offer the Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Ed Award.

Find out more and book your Adventurous Journeys now!

Want to learn about the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

Find out more from Duke of Ed Australia!