The Gold Award is the highest level of the Gaisce Award. You can apply for the Gold Award once you’re between the ages of 17-25, and you don’t need to have completed a Bronze or Silver Award to apply (although having a Silver Award will make it a little shorter).
Five Key Challenge Areas
1. Community Involvement
Community Involvement is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Everyone is unique and has something they can contribute to make their community a better place. It feels good to help, its fun, and you often make new friends too!
2. Personal Skill
Personal Skill gives you the change to develop a new skill or interests. Working on a particular skill helps to boost your self esteem, develop other practical and social skills, and learn how to set and rise to a challenge.
3. Physical Recreation
Physical Recreation is about becoming physically stronger and improving fitness. Getting moving is a sure way to make you feel healthier, think better, and live longer. You don’t need to be super fit or have participated in any physical activity before — just try it out!
4. Adventure Journey
Plan, prepare and undertake an Adventure Journey over a number of days and nights in a group as part of an expedition or exploration journey. Not only is the trip incredibly fun, it’s a great way of spending time with friends!
5. Residential Project
The Residential Project offers unique experiences that truly broaden horizons and challenges outlooks. The project is a shared purposeful experience with people who are not your usual companions, working towards a common goal in an unfamiliar environment.
The application fee for the Gold Award is €25
As part of your Gold Award you must complete an Award Portfolio
With exception to the Adventure Journey, each challenge area requires a minimum participation of 1 hour per week for 52 weeks.
The Adventure Journey takes place over a minimum of 4 days and 3 nights. The Residential Project takes place over a minimum of 5 days and 4 nights – see below for details.
If you have completed a Silver Award, you just need to fulfil the requirements above, and so your Gold Award will take at least 52 weeks to complete.
If you haven’t completed a Silver Award, an additional 26 weeks must completed in one challenge area of your choice. This could be an activity you really enjoyed, or an activity in which you feel you still have room for improvement. As a result, it will take at least 78 weeks to complete your Gold Award, however everyone is free to complete the award at their own pace.
Starting Your Award
If you can’t find a PAL, get in touch with Gaisce and we will try to find one for you. Your PAL will be a key support for you throughout the Award.
All Gaisce PALs have been trained and screened by us so that they can give you the support that you need.
Find a PAL!
Your best bet will be in an organisation that you’re a part of: a youth group, your school, or perhaps a community or sports club.
Talk to your PAL before registering and agree the activities you want to do for your Award.
Register and pay for your application (€25 for Gold) on our online system. You will need to complete steps 1 and 2 first to do this.
Keep In Touch
Keep in touch with your PAL once you have started your activities. They’re there to help if you run into any trouble.