OPEN Gold Residential Project – JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2024
July Residential Project - 15-19 July 2024

  • July Residential Project - 15-19 July 2024
     July 15, 2024 - July 19, 2024
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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2024 brings a continuation of our face to face residential project where you will complete an amazing 5 days of personal growth and development!

The participants will complete courses and learn strategies designed to help them live, eat and stay healthy, which is so important during school and university study as well as into the workforce and life. In addition, the participants will undertake team building activities, first aid scenarios, some fitness sessions, a short bush walk or two and camp out under the stars to develop their knowledge further.

Participants who complete the YouthAdvance Residential Project will complete the following:

  1. HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
  2. Apply Fatigue Management Strategies
  3. Recognise Healthy Body Systems
  4. Complete fun (short) bushwalking and fitness activities
  5. Undertake team building activities and initiatives

We believe that all our participants will complete this course with improved self awareness, improved knowledge and an improved #WorldReady attitude.


  • Issue of certificates and statement of attainment for nationally recognised units of competency;
  • All course paperwork resources;
  • All first aid consumables;
  • Camping fees for the venue;
  • Facilitation of this 5 day event by our qualified and experienced trainers; and
  • Participants keep their quality Fast Aid first aid kit for personal use.


The Residential Project will deliver three courses, tailored to suit the participants and their everyday life at school/university. There will be two days of classroom training and team building followed by some fitness sessions, bushwalking, and loads of first aid scenarios, team building activities, games and exercises spread throughout the course to have fun and build communication between participants as well.

HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid

The course covers assessing the casualty, providing safety, accessing emergency services, and using resources to provide first aid, such as providing CPR and using a defibrillator, management of some medical conditions including asthma, choking, anaphylaxis as well as immobilisation techniques for snake bite, fractures, sprains and strains and bleeding.

Apply Fatigue Management Strategies

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to individuals to identify and act on signs of fatigue within the workplace, including school and study. There will be some specific management strategies for identification of fatigue during activities such as driving.

Recognise Healthy Body Systems

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body. Participants will learn about the basic structure and functions of the body systems and associated components, the processes, conditions and resources required by the body to support healthy functioning, protection from infection and active and passive physical activity.



Drop Off: Monday 15 July 2024 9.00am

Pick Up: Friday 19 July 2024 4.00pm

Drop Off and Pick Up is from our training facility in Canoelands (just north of Sydney). Further details and exact address will be provided once registration is completed.

Attendance on ALL days is required in order to complete the Residential Project. 

NOTE: The expedition WILL NOT be postponed because of forecast “unsettled” weather. However, in the event of unseasonably bad weather, or if a severe weather warning is issued in the program venue, the expedition may be postponed to ensure the safety of our participants. You will be notified of this via email.



Students will be CAMPING on the grounds of the training facility. A campfire will be lit at night (weather and potential fire ban depending). Please bring basic cooking facilities (such as a stove) to cook on.

– The tents will be set up in ONE campsite and will stay there for the duration of the camping portion of the residential – this means you can feel free to bring a camp chair, table, soccer ball and a few other creature comforts 🙂

– You will NOT be required to carry a pack with your camping gear like in an Adventurous Journey – please just bring a small day pack as well as your camping gear so that you have access to food and water and a jumper etc for the bushwalking component

– You will need to have a stove or equivalent for basic cooking (just like in an AJ) and food for ALL days (just like in an AJ) – there is NO food onsite

– There will be access to a toilet and water and there may be a shower available

– Please bring 3L drinking water to start the trip

– If you need to hire gear please use the Hire Equipment link on our website. Please email [email protected] with what you require – it will be brought to Canoelands and you will be invoiced ahead of the journey

– Please ensure you have runners and gym clothes for the first aid and active parts of the residential. You can bring hiking boots for the bushwalking and you will be given a chance to change shoes/clothes between activities, as needed.

– The course will be run 9am-4pm each day with a 20 minute morning tea break and a 40 minute lunch break. While camping you will have time to cook breakfast etc ahead of the course starting – it will not be as regimented as an Adventurous Journey.



The full list of gear required can be found here – Equipment List

Please note the following items are mandatory:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag (suitable to the season of the year – ensure you look at the comfort rating, not extreme rating):
    • Winter – minus 5
    • Shoulder Season & Summer – zero rating;
  • Sleeping mat;
  • Sleeved shirt (for walking in) – no singlet tops
  • Waterproof Rain Jacket (preferable Gortex – no ponchos or wind breakers);
  • Spare set of clothes (stored in waterproof bag – thermal top and bottom);
  • First aid and blister kit;
  • 3L of water (3 x 1L water bottles);
  • Hat and sunscreen

For additional equipment, please refer to the following page on equipment for AJs (Equipment Resources). If you are hiring equipment, your order MUST be completed 5 days in advance of your programs.


Each participant will be responsible for planning, supplying and preparing their own meals for the duration of the residential component.

Information, including sample menus and meal planning, is available here: Meal Planning Resources. Pre-packaged meals are also available for purchase here: Meal Purchases.

NOTE: Pots and stoves are available for hire – YouthAdvance Store.





Supervisor and assessor sign-off will be completed in the ORB following the completion of the Residential Project.

REGISTER NOW – Please select the “Register” button at the top of this webpage and follow the prompts.

Please note that the minimum number of participants for this program is 10. We will advise you if there are concerns about the program being postponed. 


Please note that terms and conditions apply to this booking page. By processing this registration you acknowledge that you accept the Terms & Conditions.


If you have any questions, please contact our team at [email protected]