Duke of Edinburgh

A globally-recognized program that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, and responsibility to self and community.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a globally recognized youth development program that empowers young people to challenge themselves, learn new skills, engage with their communities, and explore the world around them. Founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, the program has since inspired millions of young individuals across more than 140 countries to embark on a journey of personal growth and achievement. RLC has been participating in this program since 1977.

At its core, the DofE encourages participants to undertake a series of activities across four key areas: volunteering, physical fitness, skills development, and adventurous expeditions. By completing activities in each of these areas, participants not only enhance their personal abilities but also cultivate qualities such as leadership, resilience, teamwork, and self-reliance.

One of the distinctive features of the DofE is its flexibility, allowing participants to tailor their experiences to their own interests, abilities, and circumstances. Whether it's volunteering at a local charity, learning a new musical instrument, training for a marathon, or embarking on a wilderness expedition, participants have the freedom to choose activities that resonate with them personally.

Furthermore, the DofE fosters a sense of social responsibility and community engagement. Through volunteering, participants contribute positively to their communities, gaining a deeper understanding of social issues and the importance of giving back. This aspect of the program not only benefits the communities served but also instills in participants a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and social responsibility.

Over the course of their DofE journey, participants progress through three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, with increasing levels of challenge and commitment at each stage. Achieving a DofE Award is a testament to a young person's dedication, perseverance, and personal development, recognized and celebrated by institutions, employers, and communities worldwide.

In essence, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program offers young people a transformative journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and social responsibility. By empowering participants to step outside their comfort zones, embrace new challenges, and make a positive impact on the world around them, the DofE equips them with the skills, confidence, and resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Students can opt into this program at any point and receive support from the Award Leaders at RLC. For more information, visit the Duke of Edinburgh Program’s website: https://www.dukeofed.org/

Taylor Blair ‘18

Taylor Blair achieved his Gold Duke of Ed just before graduating from RLC in June 2018. To complete this level, Taylor participated in three seasons of RLC Sports, obtained his Private Pilot License, and volunteered at both RLC and Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club. For his Adventurous Journey, Taylor circumnavigated Grand Cayman by kayak and bicycle, camping along the way. Taylor attended the National Student Commonwealth Forum in Ottawa for his Gold Residential Project.