Duke of Edinburgh Award

Residential Project

The aim of the Residential Project is to gain experience from the interaction with others in a residential setting.

The Residential Project is an opportunity to:

  • Experience an unfamiliar environment
  • Build new relationships and show concern for others
  • Work as part of a team towards shared goals
  • Accept responsibility for and to each other
  • Develop communication skills
  • Show initiative
  • Enjoy living and working with others


To undertake a shared activity, that invloves voluntary service or training, in a residential setting in an unfamiliar environment.

Residential Projects may be carried out at centres, youth hostels, sailing ships or camps.

The Residential Project should be carried out individually or with only a small number of friends. This is to create an ideal opportunity to make new freinds.

The Project should take place over at least five consecutive days with at least four nights spent away.

Types of Projects:

Conservation Projects:

  • Acorn Camps, BTCV Work Camps, Cathedral Camps, National Trust
  • Inner city regeneration projects
  • Preservation work on canals, inland waterways, steam railways

Service to Others:

  • Holiday camps for disadvantaged children or disabled people
  • Projects organised by Churches and voluntary organisations
  • Residential Community Projects such as building playgrounds or redecorating village halls
  • Voluntary work with elderly people
  • Voluntary work with relief organisations


  • Creative courses such as art, drama or photographic courses
    Outdoor adventure courses such as: Brathay and Endeavour Explorations,
  • Ocean Youth Club, Outward Bound, Raleigh International, Sail Training Association, YHA Great Escapes
  • Voluntary Youth Organisations' Activity Camps
  • Personal Training
  • Issue-based or awareness-raising courses
  • Coaching and instructional course
  • Spiritual and personal development training courses
  • Youth Leadership training courses