The Residential Project offers Gold Award Participants unique experiences that truly broaden horizons and challenges their outlook. It consists of a purposeful life-changing experience with people who are not their usual companions, in an unfamiliar environment, working towards a common goal. This section of the award aims to give participants a sense of personal achievement as well as an enhanced social connection with new and interesting people. Generally being the last activity that participants undertake during their Award, the Residential Project is seen an opportunity to draw together many of the skills developed during the overall Award experience, providing both an experience and a legacy.
What counts as a Residential Project?
There are several different opportunities for completing a Residential Project. The activity must be purposeful and not considered as a holiday. Some suitable categories for carrying out a Residential Project may include personal training courses, environment and conservation projects, service to other people and communities, or activity based projects. The Residential Project may also be related to activities followed in other sections of the Award.
What is the Commitment?
The activity should take place over a period of at least four nights and five consecutive days. Participants may also require briefing or training 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.
How is it assessed?
Assessment is undertaken by a suitably qualified or experienced adult volunteer or employee within the organisation that the participant has chosen. Assessors are responsible for writing the final assessment report and signing off the Section. Each participant is monitored and assessed by their Assessor for personal standards (application, punctuality, etc.), relationship with others on the activity, effort, and development of skills.
Steps to get started
- Plan your chosen activity. Use SMART Goals. You should feel confident that you have set yourself reasonable targets in terms of commitment and achievement.
- Discuss your activity with your Award Leader and ensure that your chosen activity is suitable for this section of the Award.
- Do Carry out the activity subject to the requirements and agreed timelines, provide evidence and record your progress in the Online Record Book (Link) or in a diary.
- Review your progress with your Award Leader and with your Assessor regularly.