Sun Safety in the Recreation Community

Sun Safe Nova Scotia wants to support your municipality, organized sports group or residental camp to create a culture that supports sun safe behaviours with your summer staff, volunteers and program participants.

Policy Resources

Use these policy templates as a starting place for the creation of your own policy. Please add additional procedures that you would like to implement or remove procedures that you cannot commit to at this time. We encourage you to re-visit your policy each year and make any necessary updates. 


Staff Training Resources

If you have a policy and procedures in place or currently have specific expectations on the topic of sun safety – make sure these are linked to the activities. Please note: Sun Safe Nova Scotia has policy and procedure templates available for recreation and sport organizations. Request a template from 

• A variety training resources can be found in the Sun Safety Staff Training Resource Package.
Sun Safety and Sports - It Just Makes Sense (A great resource for coaches!)
Watch SunSmart Saskatchewan’s Sun Safety video with your lifeguards to help them become aware of the risks and the ways to stay safe on the job this summer.  Use the Video Discussion Guide to take the learning further.

What is the best way to prevent and detect melanoma? Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.  Check out this great video by Dr. Mike Evans.

High Five and Sun Safety

Sun Safe Nova Scotia has partnered with High Five Nova Scotia to promote sun safety as an integral component of quality recreation and sport programming during the summer months. Check out these resources below:

Promotional and Educational Resources

Below you will find resources that can aid in the communication of the importance of sun safety to parents, staff, volunteers, and program participants. Be creative with these promotional tools. 

See our 10 Sun Safety tips to use on social media, websites, newsletters and more.

• 8.5x11 poster can be used to indicate the daily UV Index and appropriate action for staff, parents and participants. 
UV Poster - PDF

• This parent letter can be adapted for your organization and distributed at the beginning of the summer.
Parent Letter – Microsoft Word

• The Canadian Dermatology Association keeps an up-to-date list of approved sunscreen products. This is a helpful resource to share with parents and staff. 

  1. Sun Safety at UV Radiation in Canada Infographic Poster
  2. Can UV Rays Cause? 
  3. Index Poster
  4. Children Cool Brochure

Participant Resources

Activities, crafts and songs can be a great way to solidify the sun safety messaging among program participants. Perhaps summer staff will commit to do one activity each week as part of their program plans. 

These are activities that can be used to reinforce the message of sun safety with participants. Some of these are great to include in rainy day program plans. 
• Reward good sun behvaviour by presenting participants with a Sun Safety Superstar Award!
Songs can be a great way to make sun safety fun! Your staff may choose to teach one of these songs to their participants and sing it during the time of sunscreen application. 

George the Sun Safe Superstar

George the Sun Safe Superstar is a rhyming, illustrated story written by Skcin to teach primary school aged children key sun safe messaging in a fun and engaging way.  

Canadian Dermatology Association