Gold Project

The Gold Project, formerly known as the 'residential project', is required for Gold but can be completed at any point in the Award process as long as you are at least 16 years old when completing the project. It entails 5 days and 4 nights immersed in a new environment, working with new people.

The 5 days may be split over 2 or 3 sessions within a 12 month period where necessary, as long as the activity remains consistent. Check with the Division Office if you are unsure.

Student Reflection

Over the summer, I attended “Improv Camp” which was held at Gambier Island for the primary purpose of completing my Duke of Edinburgh residential project. I had completed my adventurous journey at Alouette and Pitt Lake a few months before. This camp helped me develop both my acting and public speaking skills. I have created lifelong friends on a level in which I just don’t know their name, but rather, I know them. Improv Camp exceeded my expectations and if it wasn’t for the Duke of Edinburgh program, I would have never gone. I enjoyed it so much that I would like to go again, but this time, as a youth leader. I strongly recommend everyone to go to Improv Camp, and I extend that to the Duke of Edinburgh Award on an even higher level as well. I thank the highlight of my summer, Improv Camp, to the Duke of Edinburgh program.

By doing the program, you just don’t get a certificate, but you get life-long experiences and friendships. I strongly encourage and hope that students try and complete this program. Duke of Edinburgh is a great program and something that everyone should be proud of achieving, as well as trying. Just like in anything that you do, the more you put into the program, the more you’ll get out of it, and the Duke of Edinburgh program is a prime example of that. Thank you for reading.

Ved, Class of 2019

Example Gold Project Activities

  • Cultural exchanges
  • Academic exchanges
  • Scout or Guide Jamborees
  • Language immersions
  • Forum for Young Canadians
  • Leadership conferences
  • Overseas projects
  • Cadet camps
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Outward Bound courses

What Doesn't Count:
Vacations and Tours