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’re ran our first Residential Project in the Blue Mountains in December 2016 and it was a huge success. We learnt a few things to make it even better in 2017 too.

What is the purpose of this Residential project?

Exploring different valleys in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area on foot. Studying biodiversity, human impact and assisting a bush regeneration project.

What does this actually mean? What will I be doing on my DoE Residential Project?

You will be having heaps of fun. By day, you’ll do guided bushwalks in the Grose, Megalong and Jamison Valleys with day packs carrying food, water and essential clothing only.

By night we’ll stay in dorm accommodation in the Blue Mountains. You can have a hot shower at the end of the day and sleep in a comfortable bed at night.

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 in each of the valleys and how they’ve changed since European arrival. We’ll talk about human impact in these valleys and what we can do to minimise our impact 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

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2017 Dates

All Residential Projects are within public school holidays

Monday 10 – Friday 14 July: Katoomba Christian Convention, Katoomba, Blue Mountains. Download Itinerary.

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 October: Katoomba Christian Convention, Katoomba, Blue Mountains. Download Itinerary.

Monday 18 – Friday 22 December: Rathane Conference Centre – Royal National Park, Sydney. This project is yet to be confirmed. We anticipate a summer camp style programme with multiple activities each day for the whole week.

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Itineraries, routes and available dates

For parents

Answering your FAQs for peace of mind

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