Gold Project

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Award Rule of Thumb:

Vacations and tours do not count!

The Gold Project offers you a unique experience that truly broadens your horizons and challenges your outlook.

At the heart of the Gold Project is the undertaking of a purposeful experience with people who are not your usual companions, working towards a common goal. Adding to this, you are also outside your usual place of residence, often in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people. It is hoped that the Gold Project rewards you with a sense of personal achievement, enhanced social connections with new and interesting people, and a truly life changing experience.


  • Be at least 16 years of age, with no exceptions.
  • 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 Gold Project so that you are able to contribute fully to the activity and derive full benefit from the experience.
  • In exceptional circumstances, the commitment may be spread over two or three separate occasions. In these situations, the same activity must be pursued over both occasions and must total 5 days of activity, and take place in the same 12-month period.
  • Your Gold Project can be completed at any Award Level (as long as you are 16 years old) but can only be submitted when achieving your Gold Award.


  • In all cases, it must be possible to arrange for assessment by a suitable person, approved by the participating group leader (if appropriate), who should be present during the period of residence. Young people are to be assessed on their personal standards, relationships with others, acceptance of responsibility, initiative, and general progress during the residential period having regard, in the case of service rendered, to the comments of the organization concerned.


  • Personal training courses including leadership training, youth camps and youth parliament
  • Environmental and conservation projects such as working with a national park authority or restoring an old building
  • Service to other people and communities including working with a charity or in a hospital
  • Activity based courses such as being a crew member on a tall ship or attending an outdoor adventure course

 Note: Speak to your Award Leader for more information. If you do not have an Award Leader, please speak contact our Award Support Centre. 

*Allowances have been made for virtual opportunities to be used as your Gold Project during COVID-19. Visit the #Awardathome portal for updates on temporary changes to the Award. 

Updated Aug 2021