The Open Gold Centre is staffed by employees of Neath Port Talbot Youth Service and a remarkable team of volunteers, many of whom have been through the scheme themselves. All of our staff are highly experienced, hold the necessary qualifications and are totally committed to the Award scheme. The training programme for the Gold award runs from the Autumn through to the following summer when we complete the final expedition...
The training for the Gold Award consists mainly of day walks in the Brecon Beacons, tied in with indoor evening sessions.
The final expedition is the pinnacle of many young people’s achievements to date. It is an incredibly challenging, but equally rewarding experience.
But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some past participants in the Gold Award have said about their experiences:
`After finishing the expedition I believe I can do anything. I have learnt that anything is possible if you try hard enough and I have learnt that if you work as a team you can get through anything, it is the best thing I have ever done by far!’
`The training walks were great fun. I had a really good laugh and saw some really beautiful views.’
`The expedition was the hardest thing I have ever done. We all worked so well as a team and got each other through it. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it.’
`I loved the day walks, it was a great feeling being miles from anywhere with a group of friends.’
For the final expedition, we go away for 8 - 10 days to Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall.
Having completed the expedition on Dartmoor, we then spend five days completing various activities, generally enjoying ourselves, and recovering!
For information about the NPT residential this year then download the NPT residential 2018 document.
For a link to the current list of other residentials all over the UK, and beyond, then click on the 'other residentials' button, the residentials are organised in categories so work your way through the catagories and see if you find anything you like. You don't have to use a residential from these lists though, if you know of a 5 day 4 night residential with a constructive purpose, and a group of people you mainly don't know, then let me know and I will find out if it can count for your Gold Award. It takes some courage and commitment to book onto a residential and travel away from home to spend a week with a group of people you don't know (a maximum of 3 of you that know each other can go together to a residential). However this is why the Gold Award counts for so much. Although it is a scary prospect you will have the most amazing time, the feedback from Gold particpants that get out their comfort zone and go away for the residential is always excellent. If you go away for a residential then you will meet loads of new people from all over the UK and gain so much confidence from doing it.
Be aware that not completing the residential section is the biggest reason why people don't finish their Gold Award so get something booked ASAP!
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