Residential Project

Gold Award only

At the heart of the Residential Project is the undertaking of a purposeful experience with people who are not the Participant’s usual companions, working towards a common goal. You are also outside of your usual place of residence, often in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people.


The Residential Project rewards Gold Award participants with a sense of personal achievement, enhanced social connection with new people, and an opportunity to have a life changing experience through:

  • Learning how to plan, prepare, undertake and complete the journey as part of a team.
  • Broadening your experience through involvement with others
  • Experiencing an unfamiliar environment
  • Experiencing a sense of shared purpose with people who are not your usual companions
  • Working towards a common goal
  • Developing the attributes of determination and perseverance


For this section, participants must:

  • Be undertaking the Gold Award and choose the experience yourself
  • Undertake shared purposeful activity which provides opportunities for broadening your interests and experience.
  • Reside away from your usual place of residence for a total period of no less than five days and four nights.
  • Be in the company of others who are, in the majority, not your usual companions.
  • Undergo briefing and/or training (if required) prior to or during the residential period so that you are able to contribute fully to the activity and derive full benefit from the experience.
  • Not gain materially from the experience, although assistance may be sought for transport, accommodation and meals.

Time Requirements

Level Days Nights
Gold 5 4

Examples of Residential Projects

This project requires a shared activity with a group in a residential setting for 5 days and 4 nights. For example

Irish Language Course (Gaeltacht)
Other Language Courses
Skills & Leadership Course
Residential Youth Camp
Residential Sports Course

Youth Parliament
Overseas Camp
Overseas volunteer in a Care Facility or Hospital
Mountain Leaders Course
Children’s Camps (Barretstown / Sunshine House)

Overseas Charity Volunteer
Environmental/ Conservation Projects
Volunteer in a Care Home
Assisting Pilgrimages (Lourdes/ Knock)

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