The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DOE) programme, 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 programme which promotes the value of a well-rounded life.

Core Values

This international programme speaks in unison with Quetico College School’s mission of developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service. Participation in the programme teaches students important skills and values that the QCS community is founded on: teamwork, determination, courage, responsibility, perseverance, commitment, empathy and optimism. The programme excursions are also a means of further encouraging bonds and trust between students and builds on the School’s existing leadership programmes.

QCS Programme

Each year, all QCS students will begin working towards their DOE Bronze award. They are led through a six-month skill development programme 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 QCS faculty led practice training day under their belts, students will need only to complete a DOE two-day expedition in order to achieve their Bronze level. Although a canoe trip in Quetico Park or the White Otter Wilderness is the default expedition, our location lends itself to bush walks, mountain bike trips, sailing adventures and forest studies. Our goal is to have every student achieve the Bronze standard by the end of the year with the hope that many students will be encouraged to continue to work towards the Silver and Gold awards.

Award Components

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 take a more in-depth look at our environment. 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 programme, visit www.dukeofed.org.

The philosophy regarding Leadership at Quetico College School is simple: make it part of everything that happens, both in the school and with everything that happens outside the school as well. It means being a decent and responsible citizen no matter who you are or where you are. It means accepting challenges and roles that encourage the best in everyone and seeing a project throught to completion. Here is how we make sure the connections to fortitude and grit are made:


In class every day, students work collaboratively in teams, responsible for deciding what needs to be contributed and how goals will be achieved. Accepting leadership roles allows our students to find solutions that rely on input from all members of a team as they grow to understand the importance of influence rather than authority.


Our location on the shores of Eva Lake dictate that every student must be a competent swimmer and be able to handle an emergency that may arise from water-based accidents. We provide the opportunity to expand this knowledge through Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Lifesaving Courses as well as Nationa Lifeguard Service.


Each year, students are required to participate in a Standard First Aid Course. We also offer the opportunity to enrol in the more advanced Wilderness First Aid Course.


Launched in 1974, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the Coaching Association of Canada’s flagship program, and has been identified as a world leader in coach education. It is currently the largest adult continuing education program in Canada. The NCCP gives coaches the confidence to succeed and is designed & delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments,and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations. In the certification programme with a focus on valuing, interacting, leading, problem-solving and critical thinking, students learn how to:

  • make ethical decisions
  • provide support to athletes in training
  • plan a practice
  • support the competitive experience
  • analyze performance
  • design a sport programme
  • manage a programme
  • sport-specific outcomes for a sport that each student may pursue.


Each year at Quetico College School we offer the opportunity for each student to become a Certified Fitness Professional through the student learning programme from CanFit Pro. A canfitpro Certified Fitness Professional demonstrates commitment to the fitness industry and shows a high standard of competency and ability. As a leader in the future of Canadian fitness, a canfitpro Certified Fitness Professional provides a reliable source of fitness knowledge and safe, effective exercise for all levels of exercisers. Known for quality and enthusiasm, a canfitpro Certified Fitness Professional establishes a benchmark for excellence and education in the fitness industry.

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