Blog 05.08.20

Opportunities for Gold residentials this year

Are you looking for a Gold residential? Have your residential plans been on hold due to COVID19? 

Visit our Opportunity Finder for the list of residentials being run by AAPs this year.  There are residentials on offer based around everything from yoga and cookery to sustainability, bushcraft and outdoor pursuits. The AAP opportunities have been checked to meet programme requirements for the Residential section.  

Each organisation operates on their own policies and procedures, for example Terms and Conditions and COVID-19 delivery measures. Before booking ensure you are satisfied by these policies and arrangements. Further advice can be found here. 

Due to the effects of COVID-19 there have been some temporary flexibilities allowed for the Residential section. The flexibilities are in place until 31 July 2021.

– Residentials can be run with a minimum of four participants. This is to allow for single bedrooms for those providers who have limited bedrooms/facilities.

– The residential experience can be split over two weekends if needed.

– Participants should aim to arrive before dinner on Friday evening and leave after 3pm on Sunday.

– Both parts must be complete within one year.

– Participants should be taking part in the same kind of activity over each weekend, but it can be with different people on each part of the residential.

Here are some things to consider when booking a Gold residential this year:

1. Government guidance – What’s the current Government guidance? Is it different in your area than in the place where the residential will take place? Make sure you check this before booking your residential.

2. Safety – Do you feel safe to go on a residential? Ask the provider what safety provisions they have in place.

3. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment – Do you need to bring any PPE, such as a face mask, or equipment like your own tent? Talk to the provider about this.

4. Travel – Do you need to travel to get to the residential? Is it suitable to do so?

Talk to your DofE Leader about your plans and make sure you get your programme planner approved. If you’re under 18, you should also talk to your parents/carers and get their permission to attend.