Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: GOLD Residentials

We are proud to offer an incredible range of exciting and engaging week-long courses to fulfil the ‘Residential’ component of the DofE GOLD Award. Like all BOLD courses, each week is delivered by our qualified and experienced Leaders. We have carefully planned the itinerary for each residential to combine bite-sized micro teaches with outdoor adventure: theory complimented with practical to embed and further develop the associated skills.


The Residential section is designed to inspire participants through a concentrated involvement with other enthusiastic young people they don’t know, who are usually from varied backgrounds, and bring alternative views to the challenges they will face. We aim to broaden your experience by empowering you to make a difference in a team-based setting. Our Residentials include:south yorkshire nature trip

See our full selection of GOLD Residential Opportunities HERE.

As well as the action-packed activities and group topics, during each week we carry out some small scale social impact projects from which the community benefits and enable you as a Participant to gain a John Muir Discovery Award.

Our Activities base: Bolsterstone Village

Our residentials are based in Bolsterstone, a scenic village 8 miles NW of Sheffield. We have several free car parking spaces, or if travelling independently, it is possible to get to the venue from Sheffield Railway Station by Public Transport or shared Taxi. Let us know how you plan to travel and we can help to meet you up with fellow participants and share your costs. Accommodation is set up in one of our bunkbarn type venues, where we provide separate male and female sleeping areas, camp cot beds (bring your own sleeping bag/duvet bedding), kitchen and bathroom facilities. All food is provided on our residentials, and we can cater to any dietary requirement as long as you let us know in advance.

Remember, participation doesn’t end at 4pm. We’re looking for you to integrate into the group and play a positive, active role in any task given. This might be keeping the venue clean, cooking meals to a good standard or preparing for the next day. Don’t be deterred – people love the way we get you involved and develop ‘soft skills’ for life through socialising and team tasks . Opportunities to gain self-sufficiency are highly rewarding and prove you’re worthy of independence and GOLD.

bolsterstone village hall bold adventures scenic peak district views

The feedback we receive for group cooking is always very positive, even when participants didn’t expect to enjoy it. It’s all part of demonstrating that you can live independently without adults. We feel this is a massive skill and indicates your level of competence as a GOLD participant. This is exactly what we want to see of you!

We know you may be apprehensive coming away on the course, but this is why the residential section is so important and is in fact more of a challenge than it might seem. We know it’s a hurdle so we make it as low as possible for you. We know you can do it, so try to go with it and believe in yourself – display the qualities we know you’ve got! You are not the norm – most of your peers are at home while you’re out there doing it! Because of this we do expect high standards, but having expectations means you’ll have consolidated these standards when you leave us. We hope you will take these with you your whole lives.

The John Muir Discovery Award

The John Muir record book and website have plenty of background information on this exciting Award which we will complete during the week. Don’t worry about the time required for this additional award as we evidence your prior DofE work to eradicate most of these hours. It comes down to very little effort and is HUGELY satisfying and rewarding.

john muirJohn Muir Award with BOLD Adventures

What to expect during the week: a small conservation task, a research and presentation task and a small discovery activity such as the 1000 step challenge or construction of ‘beastie shelters’. In the past groups have felt transformed and humbled doing litter picks which leave places looking fantastic, visits to a care home or making a memorial garden in the village for families to commemorate loved ones. Each of these activities contribute to the local environment and community. Widen your knowledge of the outdoors and the John Muir trust but also embed awareness of caring for the planet and shaping the future! As aspiring young people, you are the future leaders of society and your values will change the way we treat the world we live in.


The cost of each Residential includes all Food, Accommodation, Instruction, Equipment*, Transport, Mentoring and Certification.

* Some courses require participants to supply own bikes/sports-specific kit where relevant. Our kit is functional, not fashionable!

What’s more, once you’ve completed your GOLD Residential with us we invite you back to become a BOLD Ambassador!

This prestigious opportunity opens up numerous benefits including a FREE additional week-long course and a lifetime of support, advice and encouragement… what’s not to like?

Check out the BOLD Ambassador Scheme.

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