Exciting Gold Award Residential Opportunity


Gaisce and the Joint Award Initiative/Duke of Edinburgh’s Award NI
are delighted to partner on a Gold Award Residential taking place over 4 nights and 5 days from the 27th to the 31st of August 2018 in the beautiful Castle Sanderson Estate, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Places on the residential will be available to young people from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland who are registered for their Gaisce/JAI/DofE/DofE International Gold award. The core theme of the residential is the environment and making a better world in our own communities. Over the course of the 5 days participants will receive training and certification in environmental leadership with our programme partners Venture Out, Leave No Trace and Ulster Wildlife as well as engage in fun evening activities together. The residential will cover the requirements of Gold Award for participants, in the North and South of Ireland and internationally.

The Programme

Participants will receive a certificate in Youth Environmental Leadership from Leave No Trace Ireland and Venture Out. This element of the residential over 3 days will support and empower young people to become active participants in addressing environmental challenges. Through this outdoor based, personal development programme, participants will learn valuable leadership skills while developing an appreciation for nature. Through fun group activities, challenges, discussions and reflection, young people can apply their learning to become environmental ambassadors within their own communities on completion of their training.

Participants will receive a certificate for participating in the Ulster Wildlife Grassroots Challenge. This 1 day experience will combine environmental games, wildlife identification and observation, as well as making wildlife habitat boxes to take home and use in locations decided on by participants.

On the final day of the residential participants will learn about the Messengers of Peace initiative with Scouting Ireland. They will finish the residential by reflecting, discussing and committing together how they might take the learnings of the week back to their own communities to make a difference.

The evening activities will include a mindfulness hike with Leave No Trace Ireland/Venture Out and a night walk with Ulster wildlife. There will also be other activities and time to chill out and get to know the other participants and make new friends around the camp fire as well as exploring the lovely grounds of Castle Saunderson. Gaisce/DofE staff will be there throughout to support the participants.

The cost of the residential is €150.00 [plus Eventbrite booking fee], which will cover all activities, training, meals and accommodation for the residential.


Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • be aged 17+ years (17 on or before 01/08/18).
  • be registered for their Gold Award with Gaisce, Joint Award Initiative Ireland or The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award on the date of application.
  • agree to the code of conduct/terms and conditions of the residential.


Gaisce applicants over 18 are subject to Garda vetting.

Once you have registered for this event you will be send a registration/consent form which must be sent back by the 1st of July.

If you have any queries please contact events@gaisce.ie or phone our office on 01 617 1999.

GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD is a self-development programme for young people which enhances confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges. Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential. Gaisce is non-competitive, participants are encouraged to choose their own activities and goals with the support of their President’s Award Leader (or PAL). There are three levels of Gaisce – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

THE JOINT AWARD INITIATIVE is an agreement between The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Gaisce – The President’s Award and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is administered by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Northern Ireland.  It ensures that any young person who meets the conditions of the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award within Northern Ireland can have a choice of certification – a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a Gaisce – The President’s Award, or the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Certificate.



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