We hear you gold Duke of Ed kids. The Residential Project is the part of the Duke of Ed Award you have the most trouble completing. Well, we’re here to help. We ran our first Residential Project in the Blue Mountains in 2016 and your feedback was amazing. We’ll keep running them as long as you keep asking us to!
What is the purpose of this Residential project?
Exploring Sydney’s bushland on foot. Studying biodiversity, human impact and assisting a bush regeneration project.
What will I be doing on my DoE Residential Project?
You will be having heaps of fun. By day you’ll do guided bush walks in the Grose, Megalong and Jamison Valleys of the Blue Mountains. By night we’ll stay in dorm accommodation.
All day walks are with day packs carrying food, water and essential clothing only. You can have a hot shower at the end of the day and sleep in a comfortable bed at night.
We also have an Aboriginal Welcome to Country Ceremony, an evening with astronomers and telescopes and a video night for you to enjoy. Bring plenty of marshmallows because we’ll have a campfire every night too.
You get to enjoy walking through the Aussie bush without carrying your tent and a big pack all day, unlike your adventurous journey (which we love!). We’ll look at the different ecosystems and how they’ve changed since European arrival. We’ll talk about human impact and what we can do to minimise our personal footprint on the planet. We’ll each carry a small bag to remove rubbish we find along the way and learn about best bushwalking practice and Leave No Trace principles. You can even brush up on the navigation skills you learnt on your adventurous journeys.
On the final day we’ll assist a bush regeneration project.
What others say
“This residential project allowed me to become involved with the Blue Mountains on a level much deeper than previously as a tourist. The bush regeneration project allowed me to take a first step of direct action against some of the issues I learnt about during the week. Ultimately, the project was a vessel for social interaction with the others in my group, strangers at first but now people I would consider good friends.” Harrison Scott, NBSC Manly Selective HS.