The Duke of Edinburgh


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is internationally recognized and provides hands-on opportunities for students aged 14 and up to become involved with community service projects, help develop personal skills, embrace physical recreation, and take part in adventurous journeys.

Upper School student canoeing

The Award is a non-competitive program in which participants set and achieve personal goals for community service, skills, fitness, and adventure. It is a great way for students to explore new interests, try new challenges they might not have done otherwise, and even stretch their 'comfort zone'. The Award is open to all young Canadians age 14 yrs to 24 yrs old. There are three levels to the Award:

Bronze (ages 14 yrs and up)

Silver (ages 15 yrs and up)

Gold (ages 16 yrs and up)

The stages/criteria of the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students must participate in activities in:

  • Service
  • Skills
  • Physical Recreation
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Residential project (*for Gold award ONLY **Must be 16 years of age to complete)

The program aligns well with TMS' goal of building well-rounded students with experience in many facets of life. The Duke of Edinburgh program is an international well-respected program that helps students build their portfolios while developing essential skills to be successful in life beyond TMS.

The overall TMS goals of Outdoor Education are to:

  1. Help students learn to appreciate nature,
  2. Learn new skills related to the outdoors,
  3. Help to build a team amongst peer groups,
  4. Show students they can persevere through appropriate adversity,
  5. Learn more about the natural world and what’s in it, and
  6. Show students how to effectively lead others.

Upper School Student in Outdoor camp

TMS outdoor trips are designed to ensure students meet the adventurous journey requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh program. However, the Duke of Edinburgh program is just one component of the vision for the overall TMS Outdoor Education program.

Upper School student helping to build


The Duke of Edinburgh program also supports the TMS Pillars Document and the Community Action Service project.


Duke of Edinburgh Award summary

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