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Residential Project

To broaden your horizons and open your eyes to the world.

The Residential Project (RP) offers Participants unique experiences that truly broaden horizons and challenges their outlook.

At the heart of the 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 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.

Have a read of some Stories on other Participants residential Projects here!

  • It takes determination: You will be in an unfamiliar environment, often relying on the trust and team work of people you don’t know – there are plenty of people who would shy away from this.
  • You might surprise yourself: Sometimes it’s easier to think you won’t be able to do something, rather than actually trying to do it. Get out there and give it a go – you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
  • You will meet some extraordinary people and make new friends along the way: Out on your own, this is a great opportunity to forge new friendships in a condensed time frame, and realise the power of team work.
  • You will feel amazing: At the end of your residency you will look back and realise just what an amazing experience you’ve had – despite how challenging it may have been along the way.
  • You can go to places you’ve never imagined: Whether in your own town or city, somewhere else in Australia, or overseas, you have the opportunity to go somewhere completely unfamiliar and to experience something totally different to your everyday life.
  • You will learn some really useful skills: Even briefing and/or training for the project opens up opportunities for new skills. When you are living it, you will learn to rely on yourself like you have never done before, not to mention learning about true team work.
  • It is fun: Challenging, yes, fun, even more so. Getting out there, living somewhere else …what more could you want in an experience?

For this Section, Participants must:

  1. Be undertaking the Gold Award.
  2. Undertake shared purposeful activity which provides opportunities for broadening their interests and experience.
  3. Reside away from their usual place of residence for a total period of no less than five days and four nights.
  4. Be in the company of others who are, in the majority, not their usual companions.
  5. Undergo briefing and/or training (if required) prior to or during the residential period so that they are able to contribute fully to the activity and derive full benefit from the experience.
  6. Undertake activities substantially in their own time. This means that whilst some activity may take place within school, university or work hours, most of it should occur outside of these scheduled times.
  7. Be a residential experience of the young person’s own choice, freely made and without any financial or material gain, other than assistance with transport, accommodation and/or meals.

• Bronze surf life saving camp
• Career orientation seminar
• Cultural experiences – overseas
• Environmental projects
• Great Victorian Bike Ride
• Murray River Marathon
• Lord Somers and Lady Somers camp
• Portsea Children’s Camp
• Rotary Youth Leadership Award
• Rural placement
• Senior Leader Course
• YMCA Youth Parliament

For more information on the Award Sections please download and refer to The Duke of Ed: Handbook