Gold DofE Residential - Bushcraft & Survival

Join us on an epic 5-day bushcraft and survival adventure in the heart of the stunning North York Moors. Open to anyone looking to experience the great outdoors and learn key bushcraft skills. With a real focus on connecting with wild places, you will learn how to survive in the wild whilst at the same time increasing your understanding and appreciation of the natural world, our greatest shared resource!

Perfect for: UK Programs Summer Programs


  • Spend 5 days and 4 nights camping in the stunning North York Moors National Park
  • Learn key survival skills including shelter building, fire lighting and navigation
  • Develop your understanding and appreciation of the natural world
  • Share the experience with new friends and our experienced instructors
  • Complete your Gold DofE Residential AND gain the John Muir Award

Day 1: Arrival and team building

Your adventure begins! After a welcome and orientation briefing from your Instructors, it's time to get to know your new camp mates. Through a series of fun and engaging activities, you'll quickly become a cohesive unit ready to tackle the challenges ahead together!

Day 2: Water sourcing & Fire making 

You're lost in the wilderness and it won't be long before the sun goes down, what do you do? Today's activities are centred around those all important first stages of survival - water and warmth. Learn from your Instructors how to use the natural resources around you to safely purify water and build fires to protect you from the elements! 

Day 3: Shelter building & Environmental protection

You've made it through your first night and now you need to make yourself more comfortable. It's time to get creative with a morning of shelter building. What will you build? The afternoon will be dedicated to environmental protection, how can we preserve the environment and protect it from harm?

Day 4: Local walk & Survival Challenge

You've spent the past two days developing and fine tuning your survival skills, and now it's time to put what you have learnt into practice! Under the supervision of your Instructors, you will build your own wild camp and sleep out under the stars for a true taste of wild-camping and your very own personal home-away from home!

Day 5: Leave no trace

Waking up in your wild camp with a deserved sense of accomplishment, your final mission is to put into practice what you have learned over the past few days about environmental protection. By leaving no trace behind at the camp site, you will be helping to ensure our wild spaces remain unspoilt for generations to come, thank you!

What’s Included

  • Accommodation & Meals
  • Comprehensive Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential
  • Qualified & Experienced Gapforce Instructors
  • Interactive and educational bushcraft and environmental workshops
  • John Muir Award CV booster

What is not Included?

Transport to/from destination • Travel Insurance 

What is the food like?

All meals, along with snacks and hot drinks, are provided throughout the 5-day residential. Expect hearty and nutritious fare with fresh and dried ingredients. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know at least a week before the residential starts. Vegetarian options will always be provided.


Where will I be staying?

You will sleep in snug 1-person basha shelters, a comfy hammock beneath a tarpaulin rain cover within our main forest camp, which also contains sheltered outdoor cooking, dining, and social spaces. 

Who will be supervising me?

Throughout your residential you will be accompanied by a highly trained and experienced Gapforce Leader. Experienced in the art of thriving in remote and extreme conditions, our instructors love what they do and will help you build your wilderness skills and enjoy your time with friendly, open teaching and 24hr staff support.

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