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    Do your gold residential at Scorpion Airsoft, Norfolk - 2018 dates available

    Are you looking for a challenging and fun way to complete your Gold Residential?

    Based in the beautiful Norfolk Countryside, Scorpion Airsoft are a specialist ex-military team capable of ensuring you complete the required 5 days and 4 nights away from home.

    The course is packed full of interesting activities, it is fast paced and will certainly keep you on your toes. Working alongside fellow D of E participants you will gather the necessary skills required to achieve the end goal, rescue our resident VIP, Miss Kirsty Kipling.

    Our team of ex-military and serving Fire fighters have designed an itinerary, packed full of challenging scenarios, they take place at ex RAF bases in Norfolk. Each day is different and perfectly balanced so you gain new skills and challenge yourself. You are certain to make new friends along the way too.

    With all challenging events, there is always a requirement to have fun too, our indoor games night is legendary added to that our end of course beach games and BBQ at Holkham Beach is one of the many highlights of the week.

    Included in the cost: -
    All food and accommodation – bedding supplied.
    All PPE and airsoft equipment needed for each scenario.
    All transfers from Kings Lynn Train Station or Norwich International Airport.

    Cost: - £350.00

    2018 Dates
    April 9th – 13th
    July 30th – 3rd Aug
    August 6th – 10th
    August 27th- 31st
    October 22nd – 26th

    Email: info@scorpionairsoft.uk
    Web: www.scorpionairsoft.uk
    Phone: 01603871707      Mob:07393215941


    Campana Adventures Open Silver Expedition

    Campana Adventures Open Silver Expedition 

    Expeditions will be based in the Cotswolds / Dorset

    Assessed expedition route planning Wednesday 25 October
    Assessed expedition Thursday 26-Saturday 28 October

    Silver training and practice £150
    Silver qualifying expedition £125

    Full package – training, practice and qualifying expeditions £250

    More information on
    Or contact us on 07468 588860


    Maybe Sailing - Sailing Residentials in October 2017 and in 2018

    Learn to sail and live aboard a classic Tall Ship.

    You and your shipmates will experience life on board a traditional tall ship. You will learn how to hoist, set and stow the sails, as well as navigating the boat and other aspects of seamanship. You will also gain skills in cooking, because on board Maybe, everyone takes a turn in the galley!

     Last Minute October Half Term DofE Gold Residential.

    Join TS Blue Clipper and sail the coast of Portugal from Lisbon - Portimao. Learn to sail a traditional Tall Ship and enjoy the Portuguese sun whilst making friends and learning new skills.

    21st October - 28th October. £350


     Easter DofE Gold Residential Voyages

    Join TS Maybe and sail the Irish Sea from Dublin - Belfast.

    2nd - 7th April 2018 - £350

    Join TS Maybe and sail the Irish Sea from Belfast - Dublin.

    9th - 14th April 2018 - £350



    Click here for further information.  


    BioGrad Pre-Med Residential – Liverpool Science Park


    BioGrad’s state of the art clinical training facility boasts 5 clinical units, each with their own bed, PC, spirometer, ECG machine and sphygmomanometer. It also houses a cardiac assessment unit with exercise equipment for rehabilitation and its own laboratory where students perform ELISA’s for the detection of HIV and blood typing for a blood transplant in an emergency setting.


    The course offers a unique opportunity for intensive clinical and laboratory experience taught by qualified clinicians and research scientists. You will leave this residential course with professional photos for your LinkedIn account and endorsements from our staff, plus a UCAS reference which will be sent to your school (if requested) to help support university applications.


    The course lasts for 5 consecutive days during school holidays from 9.30am- 4pm, with evening activities available group dining, cinema trips, city tours and ClueFinders.


    Courses cost £595 per student (with instalment and partial payment options available) plus £100 for half board accommodation.


    Further information available at: www.biograd.co.uk/clinical-skills-and-medical-research-training-course.php


    BioGrad Laboratory Research Residential – Liverpool Science Park


    Research scientists at Liverpool Science Park open their laboratory doors to allow a limited number of students to experience cutting edge science, covering a range of practical techniques using real laboratory equipment.

    Students learn laboratory health and safety then perform their own nano-toxicology, microbiology and ELISA experiments. On the final day students present their own research results and attend a career development workshop.

    You will leave this residential course with professional photos for your LinkedIn account and endorsements from our staff, plus a UCAS reference which will be sent to your school (if requested) to help support university applications.

    The course lasts for 5 consecutive days during school holidays from 9.30am- 4pm, with evening activities available group dining, cinema trips, city tours and ClueFinders.

    Courses cost £595 per student (with instalment and partial payment options available) plus £100 for half board accommodation.

    Further information available at: https://www.biograd.co.uk/laboratory-skills-5-day.php



    Possible physical section activities at Stratford Leisure Centre, Stratford-Upon-Avon


    In the heart of Stratford-Upon-Avon you will find Stratford Leisure Centre. The leisure centre offers a great range of activities to both local people and visitors to the Warwickshire area with a gym, swimming pools, sports hall, all weather pitches, group exercise programme, café, meeting room, and sauna.

    The gym houses some of the latest gym equipment including an interactive sports wall, the two swimming pools offer our ASA accredited Swim School swimming lessons as well as a range of wet activities, the 8 court sports hall offers a range of sports from badminton to tennis, football to netball and we also have 4 outdoor floodlit all weather soccer pitches (one of which are marked for tennis). The sports hall also plays host to a variety of group exercise classes during the week.

    Activities available: Climbing, swimming, fitness classes, gym work, weightlifting, pilates, yoga, trampolining, badminton, table tennis, tennis, basketball, football, netball

    Please make sure you check with your DofE leader before starting an activity so they can check that it fits the sectional requirements.

    For more information: https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/stratford-leisure-centre/
    Contact: stratfordinfo@everyoneactive.com

    Zest for Adventure Open Silver Expeditions

     Zest for Adventure: Open Silver Training, Practice and Qualifying Walking Expeditions 2017:
    We offer a Silver walking expedition programme run by friendly and experienced leaders who specialise in DofE expeditions. This expedition programme is ideal for individuals or small groups who cannot make their school’s dates or who don’t have a team to complete their expeditions with.

    Silver Expedition Programme:
    Expedition Training: Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 September 2017: The Chiltern Hills
    Practice Expedition: Saturday 21 to Monday 23 October 2017: The Cotswold Hills
    Qualifying Expedition: Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2017: The White Peak District

    Prices (including VAT): £360.00 for the complete programme or £120.00 for the Training Expedition and £180.00 each for the Practice and Qualifying Expeditions.

    Price includes all expedition training, supervision and assessment costs, as well as team equipment and campsite fees. Full information packs are provided prior to each expedition.

    For more information and for an application form, please see our DofE Open Expedition Programme Information 2017 or contact David Goss:

    Phone: 01525 850368 or 07900 410327
    Email: david.goss@zest-for-adventure.co.uk
    Website: www.zest-for-adventure.co.uk

    Alternatively, if you have a larger group and would like us to organise a bespoke expedition programme for you, we would be very pleased to help. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


    The Cirdan trust - Gold DofE Sailing Residential aboard an Edwardian Racing Yacht - 23rd to the 28th of October 2017

    An experience for fun, adventure, making new friends, learning new skills and an opportunity to gain Royal Yachting Association accreditation. Participants will be fully involved in planning the sailing passage, navigation, watch keeping, night sailing and other aspects of running the vessel alongside professional crew and other trainees. No sailing experience is necessary although regular sailors will enjoy being aboard Duet, 104 year old gaff rigged yacht.


    Due to being oversubscribed for our summer residentials we are considering organising another voyage this October half term.

    Mon 23rd – Sat 28th October 2017 – Sailing from and returning to Ipswich, Suffolk

    Just £450pp - 6 days, 5 nights, on board food, use of waterproofs and safety equipment included.

    Participants just need a sleeping bag & pillow, warm clothes etc.

    Additional funding may be available for those in need.

    Contact us now to book your place! - 01621 776684 / info@cirdantrust.org


    BOLD Adventures - Northumberland in Solitude - Open GOLD Qualifying Expedition

    This awesome expedition will cross the beautiful Northumberland area using scenic routes with the main focus on solitude and wilderness, beginning at Hadrian’s Wall and taking participants overland to the Scottish border at Carter Bar. You will cross varied terrain featuring areas of moorland and forest with detailed ground features and interesting Roman remains. The route has been highly enjoyed by many previous groups; with self-sufficiency a main theme, this is a really ‘out there’ adventure of discovery and exploration! As you come down off the moorland towards the finish, you will be greeted by the sound of bagpipes drifting over the hills… a truly memorable experience we hope! Transport to and from Sheffield, wild camping and Assessment provided. Whatever you’ve experienced up and until now, BOLD Adventures truly have your best interests and success at heart.


    Dates: 30th October - 3rd November


    Cost: £250


    For more information please contact us on;

    Tel: 0114 286 46 26

    E-mail: info@boldadvenures.co.uk

    Web: http://boldadventures.co.uk/product/gold-qualifying-in-northumberland/ 


    Reach Outdoors Multi Activity Residential

     Action-packed, multi-activity Residential Week for Gold DofE!
    A fantastic opportunity to discover the best that South Devon has to offer through a range of high adrenaline outdoor activities led by the South West Adventure Specialists.
    Price : £280 or £310 depending on your selection of your accommodation for the week, will it be a cosy well equipped bunkhouse or a funky bell tent village...
    Prices are all inclusive - all you need to do is turn up!
    • Course cost includes all technical activity equipment
    • Highly experienced and qualified instruction
    • Pick up from the local train station (Paignton at 13:30hrs) and drop off to the same train station (3pm)
    • Transport during the week
    • Accommodation in a local comfortable bunkhouse or bell tent in a prime location
    • All menus and meals inclusive (but prepared by the group if you select the bunk house option)
    A huge range of activities
    Rock climbing - Abseiling - Sea Kayaking - Raft Building - Bushcraft and Survival Skills - Orienteering - Coasteering - Moorland Navigation - Stand up Paddleboarding - Team building and Problem Solving activities - Caving - Archery.
    Dates for 2017:
    Bunkhouse :
    7th – 11th August 2017
    21st – 25th August 2017
    4th – 8th September 2017
    23rd – 27th October 2017
    Bell Tent:
    14th – 18th August 2017

    01626 873625


    Fundraiser Volunteering Opportunity – Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)


    Would you like to develop your skills, make a difference or support a cause in your local community?

    Joining #teamCCLG as a Volunteer Fundraiser is a regular fun and fulfilling experience as you take part in a variety of events and activities to raise awareness and funds to support our work.


    Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) is a leading children’s cancer charity in the UK and Ireland. We bring together childhood cancer professionals to ensure all children receive the best possible treatment and care. We fund and support research into childhood cancers, and we help young patients and their families with our expert, high quality and award-winning information resources.

    Activities include:
    - Supermarket activities (helping out at an awareness stand, supervising a bucket collection or packing bags)
    - Community events (such as county shows, carnivals and festivals, handing out balloons, stickers and other merchandise)
    Volunteers must be aged 18 or over.
    Expenses can be reimbursed for travel and refreshments.
    Available at locations across Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland.
    Please make sure that you speak to your DofE leader before starting this volunteering activity so that they can check it fits the requirements of the volunteering section.


    Contact: Stephen Humphries (Community Fundraiser)
    Email: stephen.humphries@leicester.ac.uk

    Volunteering opportunity with Clwyd Special Riding Centre, Llanfynydd, Flintshire, LL11 5HN


    Roles include assisting in riding sessions either by leading the horse or walking along side to support the rider. Volunteers also help deliver and supervise horse care sessions and assist with the carriage driving (accompanying carriages, getting horses ready, leading etc). We also have volunteers helping with gardening or ground work. All training is provided on site.


    Riding for the Disabled sessions run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday day and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Carriage driving sessions run on a Monday afternoon and Thursday evening.


    Contact Vicky Evans (Volunteer Coordinator) on 01352770446 or email volunteering@clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk


    The Hope Foundation - residential opportunity in Kolkata, India

    The Hope Foundation Kolkata Residential is a dedicated trip to Kolkata in India for Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants.
    Participants will spend a week as a group living in HOPE accommodation, working at a number of projects supporting slum and street-connected children and playing an active role in supporting those less fortunate in a challenging environment.


    The skills you bring as an individual and collectively as a group will shape your time here. As you will be working with young children, there will be a focus on delivering relevant educational and extra-curricular activities.


    Participants are required to pay for their own travel costs as well as fundraising towards HOPE’s projects ahead of departure; helping contribute to the sustainability of our projects and programmes in Kolkata, while also helping hone participants’ organisational and management skills. For our Kolkata Residential, the required fundraising target is £1,000 per participant.


    If you would like to apply for the HOPE Kolkata Residential, please contact info@thehopefoundation.org.uk. Places are subject to minimum age (18), an informal interview, fundraising and submission of paperwork/visa. Applicants should apply at least 3-6 months in advance of the scheduled Residential departure dates to allow time for all of the above, including flight bookings and vaccinations.


    RSPB Volunteering Opportunity in South and West Scotland - Volunteer Fundraiser - Pin Badges

    We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers in S&W Scotland to help save our wildlife by managing pin badge boxes in their local area. 10% of all UK species are now under threat of extinction, but we’re determined to stop this happening with your help!

    When you join our team of volunteers, we will support you in placing boxes in your chosen area. You should then collect any donations and top the box up with pins every 2-4 weeks (depending on its popularity). The income is then reported on our user friendly online system. 

    This can all be done at a time that suits you. Simple! It just needs to be done on a regular basis for an average of an hour a week.

    For more information please email  communityfundraisingscotland@rspb.org.uk or call 0141 331 9805.



    Oyster Worldwide Gold residential – India pre-medical 2 week internship for 16 – 18 year olds

    Join our summer medical internship for 2018. It is open for students aged 16-18, who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and are looking for experience.


    2018: Arrival in Delhi on 21st July – Leaving on Sunday 5th August 2018
    Arrival in Delhi on 4th August 2018 – Leaving on Sunday 19th August 2018


    What’s it all about?
    You will shadow fully qualified and professional doctors, receive medical lectures and experience life working in a number of different departments. On top of this, you will spend your weekends exploring some of the wonders of India, including the Taj Mahal. You will live in a house with other interns, overlooking a beautiful view of the Himalayan Mountains. A fully trained UK leader will be with the group at all times.


    How much does it cost?
    £1745 for 2 weeks, excluding international flights.
    This includes your airport transfers, internal flights, services of the UK leader, accommodation, 3 meals a day, training and a comprehensive internship programme, 2 evening lectures and weekend trips to the Taj Mahal, McLeodganj (Indian home of the Dalai Lama) and Palampur tea gardens. In addition to this, you will need to purchase travel insurance and bring spending money (£50 for 2 weeks should be sufficient). Oyster Worldwide are ATOL protected and can book international flights.


    If you are interested in our 2 week medical internship, you can find all the information on our website. Alternatively, they can contact the Destination Manager, Sarah, at sarah@oysterworldwide.com.


    Outlook Adventures Scotland

    Gold DofE Residential: Activity based, Adventure & Leadership. This is a 5 day residential course designed to meet the requirements of the Residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

    Dates: 16th-20th October 2017

    Location: Scotland, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

    (Transport: Free transport available from Glasgow Central Station to Residential venue if required)

    Programme: Multi Activity week with Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Archery, Gorge Walking, Hill walking. Focus will be on Resilience & Leadership, whilst studying the fundamental roles of being a successful Leader.

    Cost: £355

    Aimed at: Individuals that look to be challenged in a variety of adventurous environments.


    Web- www.outlookadventures.co.uk/doferesidentials Tel- 0141 249 0063 Email- info@outlookadventures.co.uk


    Autumn Sailing Residential with Morning Star

    Autumn Half Term (East Coast Adventure)
    Complete your Gold Residential on board our Sail Training Yacht, “Morning Star”
    Join the crew of 11 people, and three leaders for this special adventure, explore the rivers and ports north of the Thames, or sail south to Ramsgate & Dover, it all depends on the weather & tide.
    Join the boat in Chatham, Kent, on Wednesday the 25th of October at 11.00am.
    Disembarking around 3.00pm on Sunday the 29th of October back in Chatham, Kent.
    £320 p/p (this excludes travel to and from the boat)
    Limited Bursary opportunities exist for Vulnerable or at Risk Young People.
    For more information, contact Helen;
    01634 403890
    To learn more about the boat and the adventure you will be a part of, go to;


    Possible volunteering opportunity with The Essex Wildlife Trust

    Are you great with people? The Essex Wildlife Trust have 11 centres across Essex which are our main point of contact with the general public; we have over half a million visitors a year!

    We are seeking centre volunteers to welcome people to the centres, let them know about local wildlife and habitats and help with the retail and café outlets as required.


    Absolutely no wildlife knowledge is required but enthusiasm is essential, all the time contributed in the centres will help fund our on the ground conservation work. Volunteers receive training; which may include food hygiene, wildlife courses or first aid (depending on the role), logo uniform, travel expenses and the chance to work with a friendly and professional team of volunteers and staff.

    • Welcoming people to the visitor centre
    • Assisting in the café; taking orders, preparing food, serving food and clearing tables
    • Assisting in the retail units when needed, helping restock, tidying and selling good
    • Possibly working on the tills, both in retail and the café.

    Available at locations across Essex: Colchester, Havering, Leigh on Sea, Grays, Billericay, Romford, Basildon, Walton on the Naze, Brentwood and Thurrock.

    Please make sure that you speak to your DofE leader before starting this volunteering activity so that they can check it fits the requirements of the volunteering section.

    Please email volunteering@essexwt.org.uk

    Active Outdoor Pursuits

    Gold DofE Training & Practice Expedition: 1 Days training followed by 3 day practice expedition. 


    Foot, Bike, Canoe, Sea Kayak: Cairngorms National Park


    Dates: 14th July - 17th July 2018


    Location: Cairngorms National park


    Cost: £275


    For more information contact us on;

    Tel: 01540 210 000

    E-Mail: info@activeoutdoorpursuits.com

    Web: www.activeoutdoorpursuits.com/schools-d-e/duke-of-edinburghs-award/ 


    Active Outdoor Pursuits

    Silver DofE Qualifying Assessment: Foot, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak


    Dates: 8th August - 11th August 2018


    Location: Scotland


    Cost: £275


    For more information contact us on;

    Tel: 01540 210 000

    E-Mail: info@activeoutdoorpursuits.com

    Web: www.activeoutdoorpursuits.com/schools-d-e/duke-of-edinburghs-award/ 

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