Hampshire DofE Gold Residential

Interesting Gold residential events available to Gold DofE participants

Hampshire Outdoor Centres

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Advanced Rangers Academy

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The Advanced Ranger Academy Course is specially designed for DofE Gold Award students who are interested in a career in the animal industry. The course content provides students with exclusive opportunities including working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) veterinary surgeon and behind the scenes access. The department has won British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) education awards for the Ranger Academy course. Students will also get the chance to work with the YWP staff team across all animal sections.

Where

Yorkshire Wildlife Park and a local bunk house accommodation.

Polar bear

When

  • Monday 1 August to Friday 5 August 2022 - Sold out
  • Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August 2022

Price

£730

What's included?

  • Accommodation less than 10 minutes from YWP
  • All meals
  • Transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • All transfers to and from the zoo
  • Animal enrichment workshops
  • Animal training workshops
  • Practical experiences with the YWP staff team across all animal sections
  • Behind-the-scenes with the vet team and animal manager

What's involved?

  • This 5-day residential combines theory with practical zoo experience, with a focus on key transferable skills
  • Getting up close and personal with a range of animals
  • Teamwork and small group work
  • Presentations
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Get to know other participants
  • Graduation

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential, contact: dofe@hants.gov.uk or to book visit our booking site.

Become a Zoo Keeper at Dartmoor Zoo

Hampshire DofE, in conjunction with Dartmoor Zoo (the home of 'We Bought a Zoo'), offer a unique and Award winning 5-day zookeepers residential.

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This enjoyable opportunity is perfect for anyone with a passion for animals and nature conservation or looking to study in a related area.

Where

Dartmoor Zoo and local bunkhouse

When

Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July 2022 - SOLD OUT
Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August 2022 - SOLD OUT

Price

£630

What's included?

  • Accommodation in the heart of Dartmoor National Park
  • Food
  • Transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • All transfers to and from the zoo
  • Animal behaviour and health
  • Animal handling and care
  • ‘We designed a Zoo’ Challenge
  • Education in Zoos
  • A morning of animal husbandry rounds
  • A sleepover at the zoo, providing insight into the wild world of a zoo at night
  • Fully qualified educators and senior level DZP staff

What's involved?

This 5-day residential combines theory with practical zoo experience, with a focus on key transferable skills.

Challenge opportunities include:

  • teamwork and small group work
  • presentations
  • leadership
  • problem solving

Participants feedback

“I would describe this experience as truly extraordinary and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would definitely recommend this residential to lots of people” 
Abigail – 1094 Ely Cadets

“It was informative and helped me decide what I want to do in the future. Also I met lots of new friends”
Natasha – Kingswood School

"100% recommend. A unique and amazing experience that you wouldn't get to do at any other point"
Abi - Malvern College

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential, contact: dofe@hants.gov.uk or to book visit our booking site

Wellness and Fitness Week

A 5-day wellness and fitness residential for young people doing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's award, you'll get to experience daily classes focusing on core strength, stamina, alignment and awareness of good posture. Daily classes will include a range of pilates, yoga, relaxation, resistance bands and body weight exercises to strengthen and tone. Each day will involve a daily stretch routine and we will get your legs moving with local sun rise run/walks located in the heart of Hampshire at Stubbington Study Centre.

Where

Stubbington Study Centre, Hampshire

Wellness week

When

Monday 22 to Friday 26 August 2022

Price

£295

What's included?

  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Evening activities in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    Transfers from local train station on arrival and departure day (if required)

What's involved?

  • Daily movement class focusing on core strength, mobility and awareness of good posture and breathing.
  • Classes include the use of Pilates moves, resistance band exercises and body weight exercises to strengthen and tone
  • Meditation sessions to relax and focus the mind
  • Daily stretch routine
  • Daily run/walks to one of the many beautiful sea locations in the local area
  • Time to relax and get to know other participants

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential, contact: dofe@hants.gov.uk or to book visit our booking site.

Introduction to Medicine

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Where

Dorset County Hospital and local bunkhouse accommodation

When

  • Monday 11 to Friday 15 July 2022 - Sold out

Price

£685

What's involved?

  • Specialities talks, meeting trainee doctors and medical students
  • A medical school experience
  • Practice education including patient experience
  • SIM and resus training
  • A day in the life of a junior doctor
  • Written report for your CV or UNI application
  • The work of GP’s and much more!

What's included?

  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Evening activities in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Transport provided to and from Winchester to Dorset County Hospital if required (other collection points available)
  • All transfers to and from Dorset County Hospital and the accommodation

Through practical workshops, lectures and seminars you will explore the industry, understand the opportunities on offer, and what you need to do to get to where you want to be.

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential, contact: dofe@hants.gov.uk or to book visit our booking site

The Landscape Project

Where

The New Forest, Minstead Study Centre

When

Monday 15 to Friday 19 August 2022 - Sold out

What's involved?

  • Helping to give parts of the site better wheelchair access - creating and improving the existing paths to improve access to wheelchair bound visitors
  • Building raised beds and containers around the site
  • Planting seeds, bulbs and plants in the raised beds for all to enjoy

Price

£195 per person

What's included?

  • Dormitory accommodation at Minstead Study Centre, in the heart of the New Forest National Park
  • All food and meals
  • Evening activities
  • Transport (if required) from Southampton train station to Minstead Study Centre on the first and last day

What's involved?

This project aims to improve access to parts of the Centre’s 7 acre site for the thousands of visitors that stay at the Centre each year. This involves physical outdoor work with our site team, and might include:

  • Helping to give parts of the site better wheelchair access - creating and improving the existing paths to improve access to wheelchair bound visitors
  • Work on creating a new bridge, new outdoor shelter and / or seating area
  • Work in and around our pond and stream to aid access
  • Grounds work in and around our large vegetable garden (creating or maintaining raised beds and compost areas)

This project is about the land. As well as working on the site on the specific landscaping projects, participants will:

  • Spend some time harvesting and processing food from the large Centre allotment to use in the meals eaten on the course
  • Spend a day out in the New Forest on a local hike, meeting forest rangers and others involved in the management of this special area

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential, contact: dofe@hants.gov.uk or to book visit our booking site.

Cancellation policy

Any changes or cancellations will need to be sent to dofe@hants.gov.uk

Cancellations made within 6 weeks of the start of the residential: participants are liable for the full fee, no refund will be available.

Cancellation before 6 weeks of the start date of the residential: Hampshire Outdoors will reimburse the client 50%.

Cancellation before 12 weeks of the start date of the residential: Hampshire Outdoors will reimburse the client 90%.