The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DOE) program, which was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, and introduced in Canada in 1963, encourages young people to be active and to participate in new activities in four areas: community service, skills, physical recreation and adventurous journey. To date, almost seven million young people in 130 countries have taken part in this program, which promotes the value of a well-rounded life.

The DOE Ontario office has implemented temporary changes to award requirements in light of COVID-19 restrictions on travel and other programming available to students. Visit to learn more. Students are welcome to contact Ms. Jennifer Powles, coordinator of the School’s DOE program, with questions at

Core Values

This international program speaks in unison with Trinity College School’s mission of developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service. Participation in the program teaches students important skills and values that the TCS community is founded on: teamwork, determination, courage, responsibility, perseverance, commitment, empathy and optimism. The program excursions are also a means of further encouraging bonds and trust between students and builds on the School’s existing leadership programs. As such, in 2010 the School moved to further integrate the DOE into the Trinity College School program.

Grade 9 program

Each year, all TCS students in Grade 9 will begin working towards their DOE Bronze award. They are led through a six-month skill development program and at least 30 hours of physical activity over the course of the school year. With the successful completion of 15 hours of community service and TCS faculty-led practice training day under their belts, students will need only to complete a DOE two-day expedition (this year taking place in September) in order to achieve their Bronze level. The goal will be to have every student achieve the Bronze standard by the end of their Grade 10 year with the hope that many students will be encouraged to continue to work towards the Silver and Gold awards.

How to get involved

All you have to do is choose one activity that’s of interest to you in each of the four areas of the program, set a personal goal and then work to achieve it.

(You must be at least 14 years of age to begin the DOE program.)

Community Service: Be a local hero by providing volunteer service to others and your community.

Personal Skill Development: Do something different; develop a personal interest, social or practical skill.

Physical Recreation: Gain a sense of achievement and good health through physical activity. Virtually any sport, dance or fitness activity can count.

Adventurous Journey: Go on an expedition and find yourself! Develop self reliance by planning, training and completing a journey of discovery.

Residential Project: For Gold level only – Broaden your experience through living and working with others who aren’t your everyday friends for five days.

To learn more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s award program, visit

See some of our recent DOE program highlights: