/_uploads/images/icons/residentialproject_icon_.jpg GO AWAY WITH OTHERS AND FIND YOURSELF

(The Gold Project is formally known as the Residential Project) 

The Duke's 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, 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.


  • Duke of Ed exchange program
  • National sport camp
  • Outward Bound trip
  • Language immersion 
  • Scout Wood Badge training
  • Encounters with Canada
  • Cadet camp
  • Overseas assignments
  • Tall Ships training expedition
  • Drama festival
  • School exchange trip
  • Music Camps/ Festival
  • Archaeological dig
  • Church sponsored event (Encounters Week)
  • Youth conference
  • Leadership development course
  • Shad enrichment program

 Note: Speak to your Award Leader for more information. If you do not have an Award Leader, please speak to your local Award Office.