An adventure packed five day residential for young people that have a love of the outdoors, the exciting activities that it can offer and an interest in working to conserve it. Throughout the week you will take part in a variety of activities to discover and explore the Snowdonia National Park.  Challenges include climbing, gorge scrambling, mountain trekking and conserving the local environment, as well as an overnight expedition.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications. Here are some of the transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Resilience
  • Reliability
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

Our centres are operated in a fully Covid-secure way and accommodation will be in suitably shared rooms based on the current government guidance.

The course is suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold residential. Always check with your leader before booking.

Bookings must be made by over 18’s but if booking for a young person please ensure you enter their name and age in the Order Notes at the checkout.

Tutor: Dan Romberg

Dan Romberg is a Senior Tutor at Rhyd y Creuau, having joined the team in 2017.  A qualified secondary Geography Teacher, Dan has led groups of all ages and abilities in the mountains of the UK and abroad since gaining his Summer Mountain Leader Qualification in 2009.  Dan is a serving member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and currently working towards his Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award.

Example Timetable

Day 1

Arrive 12.00

Afternoon: Course registration and centre introduction (please bring your own lunch)
Gorge Walk Journey up a mountain gorge, tackling obstacles and challenges as we go!

Evening: Teambuilding challenges and icebreakers in the centre grounds

Day 2

Morning: Rock Climb A chance to challenge yourself on a local crag.

Afternoon: Expedition Preparation for our wild camp – packing, route planning, safety procedures.  We will set off mid-afternoon to arrive at camp for set up and dinner.

Evening: Overnight camp

Day 3

All day: Expedition Mountain route will depend on weather and energy levels! A mid to late afternoon return to the Centre to get cleaned up and packed away.

Evening: A night to relax after our strenuous hike.

Day 4

All day: Conservation Day Working with Snowdonia National Park Wardens, the course will complete conservation based tasks which could include building stiles, fixing footpaths and amending signage - all completed in the mountain environments of Snowdonia.

Evening: Centre based orienteering and nightline

Day 5

Morning: Mountains A final session which could take the form of an introduction to scrambling or further exploration of mountain environments and ecosystems.

Afternoon: Reflections, final review and signing logbooks.

Depart 15:00

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

You will need to bring:

  • Packed lunch for the first day
  • Waterproof trousers (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Waterproof coat (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Ankle-supporting hiking boots (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Day rucksack (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Warm hat and gloves (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat for the overnight expedition (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Large rucksack for overnight expedition.
  • A pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting muddy.
  • Indoor shoes
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Towel (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Torch
  • Sun cream/sun hat
  • Please bring plenty of warm clothing extra layers and spare clothes, sometimes the weather can be very wet.
  • Optional – small amount of spending money as occasional access to shops can be facilitated (recommended £5)
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item