Gold DofE Residential

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residentials

20th to 26th August 2022 – £475

22nd to 28th October 2022 | 19th to 25 August 2023 | 21st to 27th October 2023

We are delighted to offer two different residential camps at Bryntysilio that meet the requirements for the Gold DofE residential section.

Adventure Brynty with First Aid

  • High adventure, quality instructors, wild places
  • REC level 2 first aid certification
  • Confidence to handle the unexpected!

Conservation, Ecology and Horticulture with John Muir Award

  • Immersion in wild places and comprehension of the environment
  • Work to activity protect areas of outstanding natural beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Achieve John Muir accrediation

Course Details

  • Bryntysilio Hall stands above a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built at the beginning of the industrial revolution.  Horseshoe Falls that lead to the Aqueduct, and Bryntysilio are preserved buildings that capture historic sites of interest for future generations.  Equally, as an adventure education centre, spending time in wild places is so very important and special to us.  As such on it’s important to us that we understand and care for the natural world and wild places.

    One of the biggest challenges facing young people in the 21st century is trying to mitigate the impacts of climate change.  A suitable starting point is to build your understanding and appreciation for wild spaces.  Time in green and blue spaces is known to improve our mental and physical wellbeing, whilst making us more aware of human impact on the natural world.  This week-long programme aims to improve knowledge of the ecology of North Wales by heading out on adventures seeking wildlife and nurturing the wildlife that is living in our vast Victorian gardens. Working in the vast gardens will build practical gardening skills and further understanding of native and non-native flora and fauna.  Knowledge is the key to solving some of the issues around conversation and we’ll explore specific strategies and actions possible to converse what we have here at Brynty and further afield.  Part of this will be designing and planning action back home, after the residential ends.

    The John Muir Award is set up to challenge, protect and share issues around wild spaces so an ideal certification for those seeking greater understanding and useful aid for personal statements and employment.

  • To maximise the Gold DofE residential experience, this is not the only Gold residential programme that is happening at Bryntysilio that week.  This gives you more people with shared instead for richer conversations in the evening.  Accommodation is in shared dorms and bathrooms inside the main Victoria Villa property.  Residentials are full board with a range of breakfast options, lunch, and shared family service evening meals, last night is the famous Brynty BBQ.  Evening activities are fun and rewarding but equally, in the warm summer evenings, there is time and space to explore the grounds to find time to connect with nature.

  • We are a small and vibrant adventure education centre in Llangollen, Northeast Wales.  The Victorian-era building overlooks a UNESCO World Heritage site, on the banks of the River Dee with views up the valley towards the steam railway line.  Llangollen is famous for the International Musical Eisteddfod and adventure sports, drawing people from across the world making it a warm and welcoming place!

    Bryntysilio has been running educative programmes for young people for over 50 years focusing on the development of independence through real adventure.  Specifically, we develop individuals to gain a great sense of self, increased self-esteem and confidence and, how to take greater ownership of their learning.  This ethos is embedded in every course we run.  Equally, we have a caring, nurturing culture in the centre that aims to make every single visitor feel at home!

Our purpose at Bryntysilio is to run adventurous educational programmes that aim to foster a greater sense of independence in all who visit us.  It’s through activities such as canoeing, rock climbing or descending the gorge, that students can realise they are capable of more than they thought; students who are able to take ownership of their learning and of the task at hand and, students who are adaptable and creative in response to novel situations.  These are all critical attributes for students looking to thrive beyond compulsory education, whether employment or higher education.  Particularly in post-COVID, time in natural settings and socialising are critical to our physical and mental well-being.  Adventurous activities in a lovely setting offer all this and more.

This week-long residential aims to deliver just that, fun, adventurous times that subtly develop the attributes needed to thrive in the 21st century.  Alongside these, we are also running a 16-hour first aid course, so you are confident and equipped to handle a first aid emergency.  Students who complete the course will receive a certificate that is valid for three years.

No outdoor experience is required, all technical equipment and instruction will be provided, and activities could include canoeing, rock climbing, mountaineering, scrambling, white water kayaking and bushcraft. Places likely to visit are unique locations around the Clwydians (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Snowdonia National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, River Dee and the ice cream shop in Llangollen!

20th to 26th August 2022 – £475

Full board accommodation, all instruction, equipment, and collection from the train station (Chirk) are included.

For more information and booking, please contact the team at the centre.