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Residential Information

On Expedition with Kirklees DofE

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you've never met before.

It's a big, exciting and very fulfilling experience. It may be that you want to build on a talent you've developed in another section, learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something to help others.


From learning to canoe to helping at a children's camp, from learning to cook on a canal boat to helping on an urban recycling project, or from learning a language to taking part in a arts and drama project, there are loads of exciting possibilities to find the activity that's just right for you.


How long should I do my residential for?

The residential activity should normally take place over at least five consecutive days with a minimum of four nights spent away. In exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of your Licensed Organisation (you must get permission in advance), this commitment can be spread over two weekend. However, it must involve at least four nights away within a 12 month period, during which you do the same activity. In eDofE you will be asked to give three dates - the section start date (the date you start your planning and preparation) as well as the start and end dates of the actual residential activity.

What to do in four simple steps:

– Preparation

You need to research available residential activities and agree it with your Leader. This should be something you're interested in doing, finding out where it's taking place, who you'll do it with and any costs involved. You must find a suitable Assessor (likely to be the person running the activity or another adult involved with it) and set yourself goals so that you can show how you progressed at the end. You must also let the activity provider know you want your participation to count for your DofE programme. Use the electronic programme planner in eDofE or download a paper programme planner from this page to help you.

– Training

You will need to do any training or preparation necessary so you can take part in your residential.

– Activity

The most important and enjoyable bit – actually doing it! You join your residential and take part in the activities for a minimum of five days and four nights.

– Assessment

To complete your DofE programme you must meet your Assessor at the end of your Resiential to discuss, review and record the quality of your experience and what you've achieved.

Useful Downloads

The DofE have put together to useful guides to help you choose your residential project. Please consider looking at these and also speaking to your award leader before booking a residential to make sure it fits the criteria.

Choosing a Residential (.pdf, 1.4MB)

Residential Checklist (.pdf, 116KB)


Equipment Hire

If you are in need of any equipment for your residential, we have kit that you maybe interested in hiring to cut the costs of buying your own new.

See our Kit Hiring page for more information.


Kirklees Summer Play Camp Volunteer Residential

Kirklees Summer Play CampKirklees Summer Play Camps organise and run play camps for 9-12 year olds over the summer holidays. They are always looking for volunteers to come and help on these camps and if you are doing your gold DofE, this can count as your residential.

Please click on the link below to find out more information.

Kirklees Summer Camp Website


More Information

To find out more about our Residentials, please get in touch via:

Email - littledeerwood@kirklees.gov.uk

Phone - 01484 225952



Participant booking – terms and conditions

Subject to Change
Information given about events is subject to change due to any unforeseeable circumstances or restrictions in place. This includes dates, locations and any element of the opportunity. If changes have to be made or the event is postponed, we will contact either your centre/school/college or yourself direct to make you aware.

By Participant
Cancellations need to be confirmed in writing to the Kirklees DofE Office.  The following refunds will apply to cancellation s unless otherwise stated on the form:

  • Cancellation more than one month before the course date
    100% refund (less the cost of any materials or
    other costs incurred)
  • Cancellation 21-31 days before the start of the course
    75% refund
  • Cancellation 11-20 days before the start of the course
    50% refund
  • Cancellation 6-10 days before the start of the course
    25% refund
  • Cancellation within 6 days of the start of the course
    No refund

The course start date is the first day of your package

By the DofE
In the unlikely event of your expedition having to be cancelled we will advise you as soon as this change is known.  We will offer alternative dates or, at your request, a refund.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018
The information you provide to Kirklees Council is necessary for project management, development and audit and will be used for those purposes only.  The DofE Team may share it with other Council Services and Partner Agencies where this is necessary for and consistent with the stated purposes.  You can view Kirklees Council policies via http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/privacy.


For more information contact the Kirklees DofE office.