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Screen Me™ Sun Aware™ Camp Program

The Screen Me™ Sun Aware™ Camp Certification program is designed to protect children and teens from skin cancer by supporting camp owners, directors and staff to implement best practices in sun safety. The Screen Me™ Sun Aware™ Camp certification program offers a free and easy-to-follow training program. The program has been endorsed by the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) and winner of the 2017 Public Education Award presented by the Canadian Dermatology Association.

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What Camp Owners & Directors Should Know

HARMFUL UV RAYS

When children and staff are outside and the Ultraviolet (UV) Index is 3 or higher, there is risk of harm to their unprotected skin and eyes.

PEAK HOURS

The UV Index regularly reaches 5 and higher between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (DST) from May to August, but rarely exceeds 10 in Canada.

SKIN CANCER RISK

A single blistering sunburn before the age of 20 increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life.

YOUTH AT RISK

Infants, young children, and people with fair skin that burns easily are especially vulnerable to UV exposure. Certain people with health conditions or who are on medications may also be particularly sensitive to UV radiation.

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Children are Particularly Vulnerable to Sunlight

During the early years of a child’s life, their skin is especially vulnerable to UV radiation. Just one or two blistering sunburns during childhood significantly increases a young person’s risk of developing skin cancer and melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Camps across Ontario, including owners, directors and their staff should have a health and ethical mandate and a Sun Safety Policy to help protect their campers from excessive and unprotected sun exposure. Children and youth need special attention, by providing education on safe sun practices and messaging, and constant reinforcement by counsellors and camp nurses. Additionally, the youth are at a high risk because an individual’s lifetime sun exposure occurs by the age of 20, as children spend a majority of their time outdoors during their youth.

The Screen Me™ Sun Aware™ Camp Certification program is a free and easy training program designed to support camp owners, directors and staff to implement best practices in sun safety.

We Can Change Behaviours and Stop Skin Cancer Before It Starts

Camp Robin Hood continues to be supportive champions of sun safety and raising awareness of these important prevention messages amongst campers.
I wish I had sun safety information like this when I was young!
This is such an important program. With the nature of the families staying with us, we take sun safety very seriously and Melanoma Network is one of our biggest supports in keeping our kids safe.!
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