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Residential (Only for Gold)

The residential gives you the chance to work with people from different backgrounds and helps you to rise to challenges you never knew you could meet.

There are lots of exciting opportunities: pick something you’ll find rewarding.

Lots of activities in Scouts are suitable for the residential. While you might fancy something new, you can do a Scout activity as long as it meets the requirements of the section.

Things to consider:

  • You must be away from home for a minimum of five days and four nights: there’s an option to spread this across two weekends but check with your County DofE Adviser before choosing this option
  • You must have identified an Assessor who can fill out a form documenting your progress at the end
  • There must be a specific, shared course or activity to broaden experiences and interests done with an organised group, registered charity or Approved Activity Provider (AAP)
  • Your group shouldn’t be smaller than five people (including you) on a residential: you should be away with people you don’t already know, unless you're in a larger group, where a few participants may know each but are usually separated
  • Before the residential, you should carry out appropriate training, briefing or research
  • The Licensed Organisation must have approved the planned residential: within Scouts this approval comes from the County DofE Adviser
  • Being a participant at a World Scout Jamboree or World Scout Moot can be used for the Residential section of the Queen’s Scout Award or Gold DofE. However, to ensure the requirements and outcomes of the residential experience are met, young people should not have met their Jamboree unit in person more than 6 times prior to attending
  • If in doubt about anything, chat to your leader or County DofE Adviser

List of ideas:

DofE Ideas

You might also like to visit DofE website for more guidance and ideas

Get inspired