Gold Award residentials in Hampshire

Taking part in a residential is necessary to complete the DofE Gold Award

Residentials are a 5-day, 4-night programme where activities are completed with others away from home.

Residentials are open to both those living within and outside of Hampshire, including young people from overseas.

Terms and conditions for residentials

It was a great experience that taught me a lot of skills and I learnt so much about things I would probably never have fully learnt about otherwise
Ella- The Grammar School at Leeds

Knepp Wildland Conservation and Ecology

New for 2024

Hampshire Outdoors is excited to be working in partnership with the Knepp Wildland Foundation to offer a residential experience set in the heart of the Knepp Estate, home to the pioneering rewilding project. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone with an interest in ecology, conservation and rewilding.

The Knepp Estate is at the forefront of the rewilding movement, consisting of a 3,500-acre site that has been returned to nature through the actions of free roaming herbivores and the restoration of natural processes. Knepp is now a biodiversity hotspot, home to many rare species such as turtle doves, nightingales and purple emperor butterflies.

Working with staff from the Knepp Wildland Foundation, you will learn about Knepp’s amazing ecology and biodiversity, and the principles of rewilding that has shaped this landscape.

What's involved?

During your stay you will have the opportunity to experience the following activities. Note that these are dependent on weather and other nature-driven factors and are therefore subject to change:

  • a safari walk to explore the wildland
  • bird, reptile and mammal surveys
  • white stork feeding and pen management
  • practical land management with the ranger, growers and landscape teams
  • a chance to observe the beavers in their pen and learn about their reintroduction
  • bat and moth surveys with UV and thermal imagery
  • early morning walks to experience the dawn chorus
  • plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting

What's included?

  • accommodation and food; accommodation for the summer residential will be camping in the heart of Knepp’s wildland and the autumn residential will be staying at a local bunkhouse
  • all activities at Knepp, including evening activities
  • transfers from Horsham train station and bunkhouse
  • a written assessor report for your award, or for college and university
Knepp Wildland Foundation logo

Location

  • The Knepp Estate, West Sussex

Dates

  • Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August 2024 (book online)
  • Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2024 (book online)
  • £565
  • per person

Introduction to Medicine

Hampshire County Council are offering a 5-day, 4-night 'Introduction to Medicine' residential. This residential is ideal for those who are thinking about becoming a doctor or following a career in medicine.

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

What's involved?

  • speciality talks from doctors and medical students
  • shadowing opportunities with doctors and other specialities (e.g. Emergency Dept, Palliative Care, Psychiatry and more)
  • practical skills (e.g. life support, taking observations, ECGs)
  • workshops
  • introduction to life as a medical student and junior doctor

What's included?

  • all accommodation and meals
  • transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • all transfers from accommodation to the hospital
  • a written reference from the hospital for your future applications in the medicine world
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Location

  • Dorset County Hospital
  • Basingstoke Hospital

Dates

  • Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July 2024 (Dorset County Hospital) - SOLD OUT
  • Monday 22 July to Friday 26 July 2024 (Basingstoke Hospital) - SOLD OUT
  • £685
  • per person
Really fun residential! It was really interesting hearing from lots of different specialties and also spending time with other people doing their Gold DofE
Jasmine, Wycombe Abbey School

Introduction to NHS Professions

Hampshire Outdoors are offering a 5-day, 4-night 'Introduction to NHS Professions' residential, in conjunction with Basingstoke Hospital. This residential is ideal for those who are thinking about joining the medical profession.

What's involved?

  • specialities talks, meeting trainee doctors and medical students
  • life as a medical student
  • life as a junior doctor
  • how to progress as a doctor
  • work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • medicine in the developing world
  • shadowing opportunities with doctors in various specialities throughout the hospital
  • simulation and practical skills day

What's included?

  • accommodation and all meals
  • all transfers to and from Winchester and Basingstoke Hospital during the week of the residential
  • this 5-day residential combines theory with practical experience around life as a medical student and junior doctor, with a focus on key transferable skills
  • a written reference from the hospital for your future applications in the medicine world
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Location

  • Basingstoke Hospital and local bunkhouse accommodation

Dates

  • Monday 22 July to Friday 26 July 2024 (SOLD OUT)
  • £635
  • per person

Advanced Ranger Academy

The Advanced Ranger Academy course is designed for both students wanting to complete the residential section of the DofE Gold Award, and those who are interested in a career path within the animal industry or looking for veterinary work experience.

The course provides students with exclusive opportunities of real-life, hands-on practical experiences; including behind-the-scenes access and working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) veterinary surgeon. Students will also get the chance to work with the YWP team across all animal sections.

The department has won British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) education awards for this course.

What's involved?

  • practical experiences with the YWP staff team across all animal sections
  • getting up close and personal with a range of animals
  • behind-the-scenes with the vet team and animal manager
  • animal enrichment workshops
  • animal training and behaviour workshops
  • presentations on the 'Wild Live' stage
  • graduation ceremony

What's included?

  • accommodation and all meals
  • transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • all transfers to and from the zoo
  • 2 free tickets for friends/family worth £51. This is to watch the graduation ceremony on Friday, but this includes the opportunity to stay and spend the rest of the day at the zoo for free
  • theory-based tasks and practical zoo experience, with a focus on key transferable skills
  • a portfolio of evidence and written reference from the zoo stating your hours of work experience for animal/vet related applications
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Location

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park and staying at a local bunkhouse accommodation

Dates

  • Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2024 (book online)
  • Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August 2024 (book online)
  • £750
  • per person
A fantastic week filled with great activities behind the scenes and talks from the staff. All YWP staff were very friendly, and I have fond memories from this week! Highly recommend this residential, gaining skills and opportunities which are once in a lifetime
Jennifer

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 zookeeper's residential.

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

What's involved?

  • practical experiences with fully qualified educators and senior level Dartmoor Zoo staff team
  • a sleepover at the zoo, providing an insight into the wild world of the zoo at night
  • animal encounters
  • animal training and behaviour workshops
  • animal handling and care
  • a morning of animal husbandry rounds
  • 'We designed a Zoo' challenge

What's included?

  • a 5-day residential that combines theory-based tasks with practical zoo experiences
  • accommodation in the heart of Dartmoor National Park and all food
  • transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • all transfers to and from the zoo
  • a written reference from the zoo stating your hours of work experience for animal/vet related applications
Photo of a Meerkat

Location

  • Dartmoor Zoo (staying at local bunkhouse accommodation)

Dates

  • Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August 2024 (book online)
  • Monday 26 August to Friday 30 August 2024 (book online)
  • £650
  • per person
The best decision choosing this residential, I loved every part of it! The opportunity to make friends with other students who all share a common passion. Extremely organised residential, memorable, and overall, the best experience.
Harriet- Kenilworth School

Wellness and Fitness Week

A 5-day wellness and fitness residential. Experience daily classes focusing on core strength, stamina, alignment and awareness of good posture.

Daily classes include a range of pilates, yoga, relaxation, resistance bands and body weight exercises to strengthen and tone. Each day will involve a stretch routine and local sunrise runs/walks located in the heart of Hampshire at Stubbington Study Centre.

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

What's included?

  • accommodation and all meals
  • evening activities in an area of outstanding natural beauty
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Location

  • Stubbington Study Centre, Hampshire

Dates

  • Monday 26 August to Friday 30 August 2024 (book online)
  • £305
  • per person
A residential that covered all aspects of well-being with a mix of cardio fitness and relaxation additionally learning how to play new card games. My highlight was the meditation session in the evening, the beach walk and seeing the badgers the first time
Emily, Boston High School

Conservation

This project aims to improve access to parts of the Stubbington Study Centre site for the thousands of visitors that stay at the Centre each year.

This residential involves physical outdoor work.

What's involved?

  • helping to give parts of the site better access by creating and improving the existing paths
  • work in and around our pond and stream to aid access
  • clearing of invasive scrub and grass
  • planting of new mixed hedgerows and trees

This project is about the land. As well as working on the specific habitat development projects, participants may also:

  • spend some time discovering more about their role and skills required for the job
  • learn more about the different habitats that can be found within Stubbington Study Centre and the variety of plants and animals they support
  • have an opportunity to observe a variety of British wildlife in their natural habitat

What's included?

  • dormitory accommodation at Stubbington Study Centre, situated close to the beach, right on the south coast
  • all meals
  • evening activities in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Location

  • Stubbington Study Centre, Hampshire

Dates

  • £200
  • per person

Before the residential

Information packs and a medical form will be sent 8 weeks prior to the residential date. We will also host a virtual meeting 2 weeks prior to answer any questions.

Your residential booking will not be confirmed until the medical form has been returned to the Hampshire DofE team. You should ensure that this is up to date and include details of any special dietary requirements.

You are allowed to sign up with someone you know, but the maximum number of people you can book on with is 3. Most participants will not know each other and time will be given during the residential for you to get to know other participants. Further details about who will be attending will be given in the virtual meeting.

Participants will stay in a shared room while staying at residential accommodation. Males and females are separated.

Residential completion

We aim to have your assessor report uploaded and onto your account within 2 weeks of completing your residential.

When reports are uploaded, they will be automatically sent to your Award manager for approval who will then add it to your account. Ensure you have completed your Gold Residential programme planner prior to the residential taking place in order to prevent delays.

For any concerns about approval, you should contact your Award manager prior to contacting the Hampshire DofE team.

Cancellation policy

Changes or cancellations should be sent to [email protected]

Cancellation before 12 weeks of expedition start date
Hampshire Outdoors will reimburse the participant 90%
Cancellation between 12 and 6 weeks of expedition start date
Hampshire Outdoors will reimburse the participant 50%
Cancellation within 6 weeks of expedition start date
participants are liable for the full fee, no refund will be available

Contact Details

Get in touch with the Hampshire DofE Award team for further information:

  • Hampshire Outdoors, Children’s Services Department
    Second Floor EII Court South
    The Castle, Winchester
    SO23 8UG

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 01962 846193