Duke of Edinburghs Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Gold Residential

Are you looking for a challenging and fun way to complete your Gold Residential section?
Based in the beautiful Norfolk Countryside, Scorpion Airsoft are an  ex-military team capable of ensuring you complete the required 5 days and 4 nights away from home.
The course is packed full of interesting activities, it’s fast paced and will certainly keep you on your toes. Working alongside fellow D of E participants you will gather the necessary skills required to achieve the end goal, rescue our resident VIP.

Our team of ex military and serving Fire fighters have designed an itinerary, packed full of challenging scenarios, they take place at ex RAF Bases in Norfolk. Each day is different and perfectly balanced so you gain new skills and challenge yourself. You are certain to make new friends along the way.

With all challenging events there is always a requirement to have fun too, our indoor games night is legendary added to that our end of course beach games and BBQ at Wells Next the Sea is one of the many highlights of the week.


” Amazing experience, met friends for life and will never forget the people, place or time spent having laugh.” Thomas from west midlands

” As someone who had never played airsoft, I had a great week, not just in the airsoft field, but also through meeting new people and having a laugh.” Riona from Solihull

” Came into it really nervous about having to live with strangers, especially 11 boys and only 1 other girl, but the experience was amazing and made some amazing new friends, plus I learnt not to put olive oil on chips!!!!” Amy from Norfolk

” Amazing week with fab trainers making the experience all the better. The game scenarios were all brilliant and very enjoyable!” Lewis from Essex 

One of the best weeks I have ever had, it was exciting and interesting at all times and I have learnt so many new things, I highly recommend this” – Marina from Norfolk

My experience with scorpion airsoft and the dunton centre surpassed all my expectations. Staff were generous and fun, making the week comfortable and interesting when doing activities, fun was had and friends made” – anonymous

” I had a great time from no airsoft experience to leading attacks on Regular airsoft players. I have made great friends and shared some great experiences.” Sam from Norfolk

“The experience I have gained over the last week has been brilliant. One of the best types of entertainment and the best staff to help. Shooting your friends with little white balls is always extremely fun. The group I was with already want to come back, easily the best D of E residential your can do.” – Anonymous

“I really enjoyed the course as not only did I learn to play airsoft but it involved lots of life skills like cooking and cleaning, teamwork and how to be assertive with 15 boys.” Anonymous

” The experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity where you fully experience airsoft while meeting some amazing people/friends.” Tom from Berkshire

” At first I knew no one, but eventually I became friendly with everyone and had a blast and learn’t new skills while on the course” Joshua from Chesire

“Scorpion airsoft was a great week run by people who cared and had a passion for the sport. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fun residential.” Harry from Cambridgeshire

” Great Experience with great people. I would whole heartedly recommend to anyone looking for a good DofE residential. Memories I won’t forget anytime soon”  Matt from Berkshire

” Really enjoyed the course. I met lots of interesting people, learnt lots of airsoft strategy and got to play lots of intense airsoft in their amazing site, which includes the abandoned hospital.” George from Gloucestershire

Our Residential Accommodation 

The Dunton Centre is a former flint built village school, which is situated on a rise of land just outside the village of Shereford, in North Norfolk. The nearest town is Fakenham which is located approximately 3 miles east of the centre.
Dunton Centre is a residential self-catering facility owned by Red House Youth Projects, which is a charity that supports young people and youth projects in Norfolk. The accommodation (a former school) caters for up to 23 residents with sleeping arrangements made up of dormitories and four double rooms, all with bunk-beds. A large lounge / small hall serves as a social area in addition to the open kitchen diner which overlooks the beautiful Norfolk countryside at this isolated location. The facilities are similar to what you would expect from a 2 to 3 star YHA; basic, however entirely fit for purpose.

If travelling by train, participants are advised to use Norwich rail station. Participants should aim to arrive at Norwich no later than 1030hrs on the first day of the course. Transport will be provided from Norwich to the centre at a mutually arranged time. There is a travel lodge 5 minutes from Norwich Train Station for those traveling further distances.

If Travelling by Car  
The Dunton Centre is located on the outskirts of Fakenham Participants should aim to arrive at the Dunton Centre no later than 12.00 hrs on the first day of the course. Parking is available on site.

The Dunton Centre
The Street, Shereford
Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7PN
O.S. Map No. 132 Reference 885 293

By Air
If travelling by air we can arrange transfers from the airport to the accommodation, please contact us to discuss.

Norwich Airport, until early 2017 Norwich International Airport, is a minor international airport in the City of Norwich within Norfolk, England 2.8 NM north of the city centre and on the edge of the city’s suburbs at Hellesdon.

Considering staying in Norfolk while your son or daughter is on their Residential, Fring estate offers cottages within parkland and woodland and explore the estate and area on bike and foot. All the properties give guests peace and isolation and include Sky TV, gardens, games areas and the option of rental bikes on arrival.

Quote SCORPION when booking



As part of the experience participants will take responsibility for catering arrangements, budgeting, shopping, food preparation and associated domestic arrangements, with a more than sufficient budget being allocated for participants to cater for everyone’s specific needs throughout the programme (meals, snacks, hot and cold soft drinks).


We will provide you with Personal Protective Equipment (helmet including facemask, trousers, jackets and gloves). The Personal Protective Equipment must be worn whilst participating in all airsoft activities. You will be required to bring a pair of sturdy walking boots.

You will need to bring:
Activity Based clothing

Sturdy Pair of walking boots

Trainers (for activities, so they may get dirty!)
Socks: extras to wear with walking boots if necessary

Regular clothing (for residential centre)
Footwear (to be kept clean for travelling and evenings)
Underwear sufficient for the week
Night wear
Trousers/jeans and or trackies
T-shirts x 5
Jumper / fleece / hoody
Jacket / fleece
Hat, scarf and gloves depending on weather forecast
Beach wear… again depending on weather forecast
Other kit
Toiletries (including sun block), towel and medication
DofE book (if you have one)


The cost of the course is £350 per person, this incorporates:
4 nights accommodation.
All meals and drinks.
Safety equipment.
Airsoft Realistic Imitation Firearms (RIF).
Transport to Training Centre and airsoft venues.
All transfers to train station.
All activities.
All Bedding

Frequently asked questions

Q.  Can I bring my own airsoft equipment?

A. Yes, you can bring your own equipment, however Independence16ltd T/A Scorpion Airsoft cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

Q. Do I have to be completing my DofE Award to attend? 

A. No, As long as you are aged 16 – 25 year you can attend?

Q. Do I need to bring aa sleeping bag?

A. No, we supply all duvets, pillows and linen for the week.

2020 Dates 

6th – 10th of April 2020

6th – 10th July 2020

27th – 31st July 2020

3rd – 7th August 2020

17th – 21st August 2020

26th – 30th October 2020

We are pleased to say that we have space available on our courses. If you would like to book please email us at scorpionairsofti16@gmail.com

In the meantime please have a look at our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/scorpionairsoft12/ for pictures of previous residentials.

We run on a minimum of 9 participants per course so should we not make that amount for a certain date then we will offer an alternative or a full refund. Usually April, the first week of the summer holidays and October half term have been the first to fill up.

Safety, Insurance and Safe Guarding

All activities are risk assessed and are subject to stringent health and safety systems. 

Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft has 5 million £ indemnity covering the insured activities and other activities as approved.

Insurance Documents

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants insurance information

All Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft staff have current DBS checks.

Booking & Payment 

Send an email to check course availability:  scorpionairsofti16@gmail.com
Then request , complete and return the booking  and consent form, along with a completed activities disclaimer form. Also enclosed with the two forms needs to be full payment of £350 (all inclusive as described in this information) to the address below (cheques made payable to ‘Independence16 Ltd’). BACS payments can be accepted, please contact us for full details (details below).

Once the payment has been received and cleared we will send you a confirmation receipt stating the course fee has been paid.


Help towards raising funds for the residential section of your Gold DofE award can be found at: http://www.dofe.org/go/funding/


You will be required to pay a £50.00 deposit, This is refundable up until 8 weeks before the course. Any cancelations after 8 weeks the deposit cannot be refunded

A Partial refund of £300 will be given if more than six weeks’ notice is given
No refund will be given if less than six weeks notice is given. 

Terms and Conditions
Booking conditions:
The contract shall be formed when Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion airsoft acknowledges acceptance of the customers booking form and required payment.
Participation in adventurous activities entails some risk of injury. All staff employed by Independance16 Ltd are trained and appropriately qualified to run activity sessions and will at all times proceed in a manor to limit the risk of injury. However, customers need to accept that accidents and injuries can happen.

Any customer under the age of 18 years must have the explicit permission of his/her parent or guardian before being able to take part in any activity/course offered by Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft. The parent or guardian need to be aware and accept the risks involved in adventure activities and satisfy themselves accordingly.

The customer is responsible for the safekeeping of all equipment issued for use during the activity/course. With the exception of fair wear and tear Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft reserves the right to charge for equipment that has been lost or misused.
All bookings are on the basis that the customer will, at all times, observe the safety regulations set by Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft.

The contract is subject to availability of a course place/date and the acceptance by the customer of these terms and conditions.
Neither Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft website or literature constitutes an offer and Independence16 Ltd T/A Scorpion Airsoft may correct any errors or omissions to its published prices at any time prior to the confirmation of the contract in accordance with this condition.

All information is produced in good faith that it is accurate at the time of going to press.


Customers participating in courses/activities must expect to be involved in adventurous and sometimes strenuous activities. Although prior experience and/or training is not necessary on all the courses/activities customers are expected to be of good general health. The medical section must be completed as part of the booking process. All prior injuries and/or serious illnesses must be declared. Any injury or illness occurring between the time of the declaration and the commencement of the course must be reported. The customer must satisfy him/herself that taking part in the course is within his/her own capabilities. Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft reserves the right to refuse a booking on medical grounds if it is considered to be detrimental to the safety and smooth running of the course.

Dietary requirements:

Any special dietary requirements must be made at the time of booking, Independence16 Ltd TA Scorpion Airsoft cannot accept responsibility for not being able to deliver special dietary needs at short notice.

Unruly behaviour:

Behaviour that disrupts the smooth running of an event may result in the disruptive customer(s) being excluded.  Any damage caused to property or equipment as a result of unruly behaviour will be charged for.