Residential Project

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

The Residential Project offers unique experiences that truly broaden your horizons and challenge your outlook.

At the heart of the Residential Project is the undertaking of a purposeful experience with people who are not your usual companions, working towards a common goal. Adding to this, you will be outside your usual place of residence, often in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people.

It is hoped that the Residential Project rewards you, as a Gold Award Participant, with a sense of personal achievement, enhanced social connection with new and interesting people, and a truly life-changing experience.

Residential Project benefits

The Residential Project takes determination. You’ll be in an unfamiliar environment, often relying on the trust and teamwork of people you don’t know, and probably learning to rely on and trust yourself like never before.

Along the way though, you’ll surprise yourself, meet some extraordinary people and make new friends in places you might never have imagined. Having the opportunity to go somewhere completely unfamiliar and experience something totally different to your everyday life will equip you so many skills that you will continue to see the advantage of throughout your life.

At the end of your residency and in the years to come, you will look back and realise just what an amazing experience you’ve had – despite how challenging it might have been along the way.

Residential Project activity ideas

From going on a surf life saving camp or undertaking a cultural immersion experience overseas, with the Residential Project, the world really is your oyster.

Chat to your Award Leader or to us about your ideas for the Residential Project and how we can make them happen!

Read some Residential Project stories!

Residential Project requirements

For this Section, Participants must:

  1. be undertaking the Gold Award.
  2. undertake a shared purposeful activity that provides opportunities to broaden their interests and experience.
  3. reside away from their usual place of residence for 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 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 although some activity can take place in school, university or work hours, most of it should occur outside these times.
  7. undertake a residential experience of their own choice, freely made and without any financial or material gain, other than assistance with transport, accommodation or meals.
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    Sam Burdon, Gold Awardee
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