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Duration: Five days / four nights

The DoE Gold Residential Project is an additional section at Gold level and is an opportunity to use many of the skills developed during the overall Award experience such as teamwork and leadership. This Residential Project involves spending five consecutive days and four nights in a residential setting where you are working towards a common purpose.

Participants have the opportunity to share a purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions and work towards a common goal, set out by the participants themselves. Through the DoE Gold Residential Project participants will meet new people, explore life in an unfamiliar environment, develop new skills and, hopefully, have a life changing experience.

16+ years old

Dates and locations: You choose

Transport mode: Tramp, Kayak, SuP or Packrafting

- You must be 16 years of age and registered for Gold
- You must be away from home for a minimum of five days and four nights
- You need to be involved in 8 hours of purposeful activity each day
- You should be with people you don’t already know

DoE GOLD RESIDENTIAL PROJECT EXAMPLES: Youth camp leader within NZ or overseas, Voluntary work within our national parks, restoration project.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award's Gold Residential Project provides young people with a unique opportunity for personal development, skill-building, and community engagement. By delving into the benefits and features of this project, we will explore the transformative experiences and lifelong lessons it offers to participants.

Personal Growth and Leadership Development:
The Gold Residential Project fosters personal growth and leadership development. Participants engage in challenging activities, living away from home with a diverse group of peers. This experience cultivates independence, resilience, and adaptability. Through teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making, participants build confidence and develop leadership skills. The project encourages young people to step outside their comfort zones, take initiative, and take responsibility for their actions, fostering personal growth and self-discovery.

Cultural Exchange and Diversity:
The Gold Residential Project promotes cultural exchange and diversity. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, bringing different perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. Living and working together in a residential setting enables them to learn about different cultures, traditions, and ways of life. This exposure encourages mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance. Through shared experiences, participants develop empathy, appreciation for diversity, and a global mindset, preparing them to be inclusive and open-minded citizens of the world.

Community Engagement and Social Responsibility:
The Gold Residential Project emphasizes community engagement and social responsibility. Participants actively contribute to local communities through volunteer work or service projects. This engagement fosters a sense of social responsibility, empathy, and compassion. Participants learn about social issues, develop a greater understanding of community needs, and make a positive impact. They develop a sense of belonging and connection, realizing the power of their actions in improving the lives of others. This experience nurtures a lifelong commitment to community service and active citizenship.

Skill Development and Practical Learning:
The Gold Residential Project provides opportunities for skill development and practical learning. Participants engage in activities that enhance their skills and knowledge in various areas such as outdoor adventure, creative arts, or environmental conservation. They receive training and guidance from experienced mentors, fostering personal growth and expertise in specific areas of interest. Participants acquire practical life skills, including communication, problem-solving, time management, and teamwork. These skills are transferable and valuable in future endeavors, empowering participants to navigate challenges and seize opportunities with confidence.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award's Gold Residential Project offers a transformative experience for young people. Through personal growth, cultural exchange, community engagement, and skill development, participants gain valuable life skills, broaden their horizons, and become socially responsible individuals. The project nurtures leadership qualities, fosters diversity and inclusivity, and inspires participants to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

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Duration: Five days / four nights

Clothing and Equipment list for the Duke of Edinburgh Award


  • Wind and Waterproof Jacket
  • Wind and Waterproof Pants (Autumn/Winter only)
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal (polypropylene) shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper (x1 Summer, x2 Autumn)
  • Alternative insulation jumper x1 (wool, down, synthetic) (add this if Winter)
  • Thermal bottom leggings (polypropylene),
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Compass
  • Camp shoes (jandals / crocs)
  • Closed-toe footwear (trail runners / boots)
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle (1L+)
  • Head torch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner (not critical)
  • Sleeping mat (can be hired $15/day)
  • Cooker and fuel (can be hired $10/day)
  • Tent (can be hired $20/day)
  • Matches/lighter
  • Cutlery and crockery
  • Watch (not critical)
  • Knife / multi tool / swiss army knife
  • Walking poles (not critical)
  • Day pack / mission bag
  • Waterproof pack liner (can be a large black rubbish bag)
  • Pack rain cover (not critical)
  • Backpack (50-75L) to put all of the above in
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