Gold Residential Project

Broaden your horizons and challenge your outlook with a unique Outward Bound Duke Of Ed Gold Residential Project experience.

Essential Information
Reach Your Horizon

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.

Locations & Options

Personal and Skills Training Courses: Cultural learning experience

Outward Bound Australia are proud to be learning and including cultural knowledge and understanding of Country in the places we work. We invite you to join us for an introductory learning experience with the traditional custodians of our ancient Country.

Australian Capital Territory
  • Ngunnawal Learning
    • For all Gold Award Participants
    • 5-days
    • 3-nights in cabins + 1-night campout
    • Specifically designed for the Gold Residential Project

Activity based: Personal and Environmental Service

Take time out for your personal mindfulness, and assist with ongoing restoration projects post the 2019/2020 Summer bushfires.

Victoria
  • Recalibrate
    • For all Gold Award Participants
    • 5-days
    • Camping in bivvies at the same Base-camp each night
    • Specifically designed for the Gold Residential Project

Activity Based: Outdoor adventure courses

These are expedition-based programs run by Outward Bound Australia that you can join as a participant.

Australian Capital Territory
Victoria
Western Australia

Service to Other People and Communities: Assisting as a leader at a camp for young people

We welcome volunteer assistant leaders on our programs. A place is offered pending receipt of your resume/CV and an interview with our Program Manager. If you are 18 years or older, you must obtain a Volunteer Working With Children Check, or equivalent as per your State/Territory of residence.

If you would like to be considered for this Residential Project option, please forward your resume/CV and a statement about what program you want to volunteer on, and why you believe you are suitable for the role to dukeofed@outwardbound.org.au

Australian Capital Territory
  • Young Explorer
    • 5-days
    • Participants aged 12-14 years
    • Runs in January, April and September school holidays
    • Suitable for Gold Participants 16+ years
    • You will be out in the field, with the participants each day, including camping overnight.
  • Navigator ACT
    • 12-days
      • 5-day volunteer options available
    • Participants aged 15-17 years
    • Runs in April and September school holidays
    • Suitable for Gold Participants 18+ years.
    • This is an operational logistics role. You will be working alongside our Logistics Back-up team and staying on Base each night.
  • School Partnership Programs
    • 5-10 days
      • 5-day volunteer options available on longer programs
    • Participants aged 10-18 years, depending on Year group
    • Runs during ACT school term
    • Suitable for Gold Participants 18+ years
    • This is an operational logistics role. You will be working alongside our Logistics Back-up team and staying on Base each night.
Victoria
  • Navigator VIC
    • 12-days
      • 5-day volunteer options may be available
    • Participants aged 15-17 years
    • Runs in April school holidays
    • Suitable for Gold Participants 18+ years
    • This is an operational logistics role. You will be working alongside our Logistics Back-up team and camping in a tent on Base each night.
  • School Partnership Programs
    • 5-10 days
      • 5-day volunteer options may be available on longer programs
    • Participants aged 12-18 years, depending on Year group
    • Runs during VIC school term
    • Suitable for Gold Participants 18+ years
    • This is an operational logistics role. You will be working alongside our Logistics Back-up team and staying on Base each night, which may include camping in a tent.
Western Australia
  • Navigator WA
    • 12-days
      • 5-day volunteer options may be available
    • Participants aged 15-17 years
    • Runs in January school holidays
    • Suitable for Gold Participants 18+ years
    • This is an operational logistics role. You will be working alongside our Logistics Back-up team and staying on Base each night.
  • School Partnership Programs
    • 5-10 days
      • 5-day volunteer options may be available on longer programs
    • Participants aged 12-18 years, depending on Year group
    • Runs during WA school term
    • Suitable for Gold Participants 18+ years
    • This is an operational logistics role. You will be working alongside our Logistics Back-up team and staying on Base each night.
Packing list

Please check your specific program for the required packing list. The example below is for our Ngunnawal Learning Gold Residential Project in ACT.

This Residential Project includes an overnight camp-out. Please refer to both pages for your required packing.

Safety

At Outward Bound we take safety seriously

We endeavour to provide a safe but challenging environment for you. We believe that people grow and learn by taking a controlled level of risk in the outdoor learning environment.

Our comprehensive risk management system ensures all aspects of our  programs are conducted in line with the Australian Adventure Activity standards.

Each participant completes a thorough medical & dietary form before arrival and our coordinated risk management plans detail the operational standards, guidelines and program structure, ensuring the health, welfare and safety of participants as our highest priority. Learn more by viewing our Safety and Risk Management page.

FAQs

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone (1800 267 999). Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Where can I obtain the items on the packing list?

Outdoor pursuits stores will have the majority of the items listed in the kit list. If you ask your family and friends, you may find that people you know already have these items that you can borrow. Outward Bound Australia have also partnered with CampList, which offers a hire/purchase service.

Where am I sleeping?

Residential Project programs include cabin-style accommodation each night. Some Projects may include an overnight camp-out. Please refer to your specific Project information and packing list.

Is food provided?

Yes, all meals and snacks are provided for Gold Residential Projects. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements. If you have a dietary need, please ensure to mention this when you complete the medical form.

Can I bring technology on program?

An Outward Bound program is your opportunity to ‘disconnect to reconnect’. However we do not take your phone from your for a Duke of Ed program. You can use your phone to take photos and we can not prevent you from looking at your phone at night. You will not be permitted to listen to music or talk on your phone during the Project activities.

Do I have to wear hiking boots?

We recommend hiking boots for all our programs. If you are unable to source these, you will need to find a suitable pair of lace-up, fully enclosed footwear, that has a rigid sole and provides ankle stability.

Do I have to bring the wet weather clothing?

We use the rain jacket and waterproof overpants as a heat-trapping layer in the evenings, just as much as a waterproof cover in the case of rain. For the majority of situations, we continue with the journey when it is raining, and so very strongly encourage participants to provide these items

Do I have to bring the thermals?

For programs running May – September, yes you do need to bring the thermal top and bottom to program. For programs running at other times, you can choose if you want to bring these or not. Overall, we recommend bringing thermals for any time of year, as they can act as a lightweight jumper in the evenings, or as a pair of pyjamas.

How fit do I need to be?

Although not an Adventurous Journey, a Gold Residential Project with Outward Bound does include a moderate level of activity in the natural environment. You need to feel confident enough to manage carrying a personal day-pack, which may weigh approx. 6-10kg, while walking on uneven ground.

Do participants come with friends, or as individuals?

The Gold Residential Project requires Award Participants to undertake a purposeful experience with people who are not usual companions. Most participants arrive on their own, and depart with a set of new friends.

What are the toilet facilities?

This is dependent  on where you are throughout each day. When you are on our Tharwa Base, or in your cabin accommodation, you will have access to flushing toilets. During the day, and if you have an overnight camp-out, you may have access to public toilets, or need to use remote area toileting methods. Outward Bound will provide the necessary equipment if the latter is required.

Scholarship

We want as many people as possible to experience the advantage of a wilderness program in Australia. Through our charity arm, the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund, we can offer financial scholarship opportunities to those participants who would otherwise not be able to afford to come on a program.

To apply for a scholarship please go to our Scholarship Application Form.

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