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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential Cumulus Outdoors

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential

Is this the high adrenalin adventure week for you?

Overview

DofE Gold Residential Dates for 2021 and 2022

We aim to run all residential weeks planned for 2021 in line with the guidelines at the time, please email to check for current status of each programme.

The DofE Award Scheme has introduced temporary flexibility for the Residential section whereby participants are able to go home to sleep overnight, please see further details on their website .

Experience the true spirit of adventure on the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset!

2021

TypeDatePrice
Festive Special at CORC18-22 December (full)£330.00

Festive Special (CORC)

  • Dormitory  accommodation at CORC, only a short walk away from the town centre and the beach.
  • Adventurous activities programme to include Power Boats, Tag Archery, Bushcraft, Rifle Shooting, Jurassic Orienteering, Climbing & Abseiling and Mackerel Fishing
  • Jurassic Coast Trust Evening
  • Fully catered but you do get to plan the menu for the week and cook a Christmas Dinner over a camp fire!
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail station

 

 2022

TypeLocationDatePrice
Winter SpecialCORC21-25 February£335.00
Easter SpecialCORC11-15 April, 18-22 April£335.00
WatersportsCORC30 May-3 June , 15-19 August, 22-26 August£335.00
WatersportsTented Village30 May – 3 June, 25-29 July, 1-5 Aug, 8-12 August£320.00
Adventure and First Aid QualificationTented Village25-29 July, 8-12 August£390.00
Halloween SpecialCORC24-28 October£335.00
Festive SpecialCORC19-23 December£335.00

Winter, Easter, Halloween and Festive Specials

  • Dormitory accommodation with en-suite, only a short walk away from the town centre and the beach.
  • Adventurous activities to include a selection from Mountain Biking, Tag Archery, Canoeing, Powerboat Experience, Air Rifles, Urban Orienteering, Bushcraft, Climbing and Abseiling, Mackerel Fishing
  • Jurassic Coast Trust Evening
  • Fully catered
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail stations

Watersports Week (CORC)

  • Dormitory accommodation with en-suite rooms, only a short walk from the beach and the town
  • Adventurous activities to include Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Raft Racing, Climbing, Coasteering, Powerboat experience, Rifle Shooting, Tag Archery, Dorset Waterpark
  • Jurassic Coast Trust Evening
  • Fully Catered
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail stations

 Watersports Week (Tented Village)

  • The BEST campsite in the South – an exclusive site with views over Poole Harbour
  • Adventurous activities to include Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Raft Racing, Climbing, Coasteering, Powerboat experience, Rifle Shooting, Tag Archery, Dorset Waterpark
  • Fully Catered
  • Jurassic Coast Trust Evening and Film Nights with campfire
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail stations

Adventure and First Aid Qualification

  • The BEST campsite in the South – an exclusive site with views over Poole Harbour
  • Adventurous activities to include Climbing, Coasteering, Rifle Shooting, Tag Archery, Dorset Waterpark and Dorset Mud Trail
  • Fully Catered
  • 1 day recognised First Aid qualification NUCO 1 day (8 hours) valid for 3 years
  • You will be expected to do some pre-reading before the week
  • Jurassic Coast Trust Evening and Film Nights with campfire
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail stations

 

FAQs - The Essentials

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Can I come with a friend?

The DofE allows you to attend a residential with one other person that you know.

What time does the course start and finish?

The week starts at 12 noon on the first day and finishes at 3pm on the last day.

Is there free time?

There is some free time where you can have the chance to walk into Swanage Town. This is organised with set times to return. We ask that you are responsible during this time (not for tented village based residentials)

What pre-reading is necessary for the First Aid residential?

You will be sent an e-manual and asked to complete a short amount of reading prior to the residential, this is so everyone has the same level of basic understanding.

How do I book a place?

Contact us for further information. We will then check availability and start the booking process.

 

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 5/5 based on 16 reviews
 

Review Entries

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Brilliant Time!

I had a brilliant time at Cumulus in Swanage last week. The climbing, kayaking, biking and water sports were exhilarating. I am absolutely dead after the week but have thoroughly enjoyed it and say thank you to Mike, Sam, Tomo and Denny for providing a brilliant residential.
June 2016

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Fantastic week!

I did my residential 23-27 July 2018. Had an excellent time meeting new people, and doing exciting and interesting activities. Range of ages and types of individuals doing the residential, all of which are fun and nice to be around for a week. Really close to everyone in my group by the end of the week.

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Pushing Boundaries

Really great week, every activity was well organised and a combination of encouragement and proper instruction gives you the confidence to really push your own boundaries. The wide range of activities were all very well equipped and were run by professional instructors. The enthusiasm and commitment from the instructors also makes the trip much more enjoyable and fulfilling.

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Fantastic Time

Jonathan had a fantastic time last week: He enjoyed the whole week as well as all the activities. A very big thanks to all involved in making it such a success.

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Very Worthwhile

Thank you so much for the DofE residential week. Tom seems to have got an enormous amount out of it both in terms of the physical activities and the working together as a team with a group of people he'd never met. It was all very worthwhile.
A big thankyou to all your team

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Brilliant Week!

Thanks for a brilliant week with Cumulus, the group were great, the activity instructors were brilliant and the activities were awesome!
So thank you very much.

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Amazing experience.

Our son had an amazing time on his gold D of E residential at the end of July. He enjoyed all the activities especially the day Kayaking. Being responsible for budgeting and cooking their meals has made him more independent and responsible. Thank you

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DofE Residential

In order for me to complete my Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award, I had to undertake a week away from home meeting new people and working as part of a team in order to complete tasks set. One day we went climbing, it was great fun, Mark told us how to climb and in what position to do so safely and securely. We started doing small wall climbs outside first on the coast and then progressed on to more challenging climbs. Another day, we went Kayaking with Russell and Gary, it was great fun and we paddled 15km across Poole Harbor stopping for regular breaks and views across the blue water, another amazing day out! I made some great friends during my stay and would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone looking for a residential week on their Duke of Edinburgh's Award or just to get to do some of the activities offered at Cumulus. Thanks a lot to Russell, Mark and the team for this incredible opportunity, hopefully in the near future I will come again!

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Great Time!

I would just like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the week when I wasn't sure what to expect - and I had a great time!

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Really Valuable Lessons and a Memorable Time!

Thank you so much for orchestrating such a fun and memorable time last week on the DofE Gold Residential course. I met some great friends, whom I will stay in contact with, and learnt some really valuable lessons about the activities, managing our time (and money!) and how far I can push my own limits. I particularly enjoyed coasteering on Tuesday, and loved the combination with sailing too. I never thought I would do something so adventurous and begin to feel comfortable, as I previously would've been way more nervous. I also really enjoyed the other activities, and the bushcraft night was certainly memorable! Being able to push my limits, but not feel pressured to, created a great atmosphere within the group .. I have already recommended this week to my DofE Leader, and will continue to do so to others at school.
Thank you.

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Amazing Experience

I had an amazing experience and made lots of new friends whom I am going to stay in contact with. We've already planned our reunion!
I would like to thank you and the rest of Cumulus Outdoors for the amazing week I've had.
DofE Gold Residential July 2016

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D of E Gold Bungalow/Camping Residential with Cumulus!

I underwent my Gold DofE Residential at Cumulus this summer and what a fantastic experience! From coasteering and kayaking to sleeping overnight in hammocks and climbing the cliffs at Durlston in Swanage, it was an unforgettable week. Making some great new friends and the instructors were, not only very professional, but great fun to spend time with.
Overall highly recommended and if I had the chance I would do it all over again!

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Revision Residential

I spent my May half term doing my DofE residential, Cumulus are an amazing company, with great staff, who are fun, polite and always there to help, the independence that we are given is great and the accommodation is good. I met a group of great friends, and I can’t really pick a bad part of the week other than it was over to quick. All the actives where really well thought out and fun. I 100% recommend this residential to any one looking into it.

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Great week of activities

Thanks for organising a great week of activities, I thoroughly enjoyed it and met some great people.

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Amazing Time

Thank you so much for everything over the past week, I had an amazing time, I can't believe it's over.

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Great people and great skills

Thank you very much for the week of activities - I met some great people and learned some great skills.
Jamie. August 2016

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