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YLCC Sun Safety Policy

At Youth Leadership Camps Canada we acknowledge the importance of sun protection and want all our staff and campers to enjoy the outdoors safely. We are committed to working with our staff and campers to achieve this through:


We commit to making sun safety a part of our camp culture.

Specifically, we will:

  • Ensure that all staff complete training on sun safety.
  • Advise our camp staff that we expect them to model sun safety behaviours.
  • Order camp uniforms that include both short and long sleeve tops, shorts and track/sweat pants all made with tightly woven fabric.
  • Remind campers to wear sun protective clothing, sun hats and sunglasses whenever possible.
  • Sell broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher at our tuck shop.
  • Conduct recreational activities under our shade structures between the hours of 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., when possible.
  • Introduce a routine where counsellors ensure that all campers apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher before beginning their outdoor activities each morning and provide reminders to reapply throughout the day.

2.Sun Safe Environment

We know that a sun safe environment can enable sun safety at camp, and make the outdoors a great experience. We commit to ensuring our camp environment has sun safe options available during planned camp activities and during leisure time.

Specifically, we will:

  • Ensure that picnic tables and outdoor seating is placed in shaded areas.
  • Monitor children’s leisure activities and remind them to sit in the shade when possible between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

3.Sun Safe Behaviours

We know that children require excellent role models along with routines and reminders to encourage that they to be sun safe at camp. We commit to putting routines in place to enable this.

Specifically, we will:

  • Conduct daily reminders about sun safety behaviours with all campers.
  • Remind campers to apply sunscreen at the start of their day, after swimming, and at least once mid-day.
  • Remind campers to cover up with clothing and UV protective sunglasses.


Why do I need to think about sun protection?

Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer and is one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide. It makes up only 3-5% of skin cancers, but accounts for 75% of the deaths that occur. This disease is of great concern to young people as melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer for youth between the ages of 15-29, and is also the most preventable. Having one blistering sunburn when young can double an individuals chance of developing melanoma later on in life. Therefore, sun safety prevention and early detection is important in order to prevent further skin cancers and melanomas.

What should I know about exposure and time in the sun?

When outside and the Ultraviolet (UV) Index is 3 or higher, there is a high risk of harm to unprotected skin and eyes. The UV Index regularly reaches 3 and higher between the peak hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (daylight savings time [DST]; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. standard time), from March to October on sunny and cloudy days. The UV Index regularly reaches 5 and higher between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from May to August, but rarely exceeds 10 in Canada. Infants, young children and people with fair skin that burn easily are especially vulnerable to UV exposure.

What can I do to help keep myself and my child safe in the sun?

There are 5 easy things you can do:

  1. Avoid the sun between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you must be in the sun, seek shade.
  2. Wear a broad-brimmed hat.
  3. Wear 100% UVA and UVB protective sunglasses.
  4. Use sun-protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.
  5. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

How do I pick a sunscreen that will help protect myself and my child from ultra-violet radiation?

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a sunscreen:

Use sunscreens that have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. SPF 30 sunscreens block approximately 97% of the sun’s rays. Higher number SPFs block slightly more of the sun’s rays but no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays. High-number SPF sunscreens last the same amount of time as low-number SPFs

Sunscreens should be broad spectrum - this means that they will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Look for sunscreens that are water resistant. Sunscreen should be re-applied approximately every two hours when outdoors, even on cloudy or cold days, and after swimming or sweating.

Be sure to read the expiration date on the bottle. Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time.

Sunscreens come in a variety of formulations. Find one that suits you best.

When should I be wearing sunscreen?

Sunscreens should be used on exposed skin not covered by protective clothing, which offers more effective skin protection. Make sure to apply on vulnerable areas like ears, feet, lips and nose.

Apply sunscreen everyday when outdoors. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays all year round.

Use a generous amount of sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen based on activity level, immediately after swimming, toweling off or sweating heavily.

Applying sunscreen about 15 minutes before going outside helps your skin to absorb it before exposure, but once outside, it’s not too late to apply. Health Canada recommends reapplying sunscreen every two hours.

Now that I understand the dangers of UV, do we need to stop spending time in the sun?

No, you do not need to stop spending time in the sun. We encourage all Canadians to enjoy the outdoors but to be SUN SAFE and SUN AWARE. Make sure to follow all 5 sun safe behaviours, and enjoy your time outdoors.

I know we get necessary vitamin D levels from sun exposure. Doesn’t this mean my children and I should be spending time in the sun to obtain this?

There are safer ways to maintain healthy vitamin D levels than receiving it from ultraviolet (UV) exposure. You can achieve the target levels of vitamin D through your diet and by taking a supplement. The following sources are recommended sources of vitamin D: fatty fish, fish liver oil and egg yolk. Milk and margarine, soy milk, some fruit juices, cereals, yogurts and cheeses are also sources of vitamin D.

  • Student Conferences

    We brought 40 students, mostly juniors, and the layout of the conference space and dorm space made our staff feel comfortable with supervision. The college also made it super easy for meals - everything was in the same complex. I HIGHLY recommend trying out this conference for those schools who haven’t yet. Top notch leadership experience!

    ~Bob Kline - Teacher - Huron Heights Secondary School, Kitchener, ON
  • Student Conferences

    Thanks so much for an amazing conference. We’re already looking forward to EOSLC 2018!

    ~Riley McMullen - Tagwi Secondary School - Avonmore, ON
  • Student Conferences

    I want to thank you for giving my students the opportunity to attend EOSLC!! On the drive home, they were discussing how wonderful the speakers were, and the spirit leaders, and the venue, and the whole experience!!!

    I know they have taken with them new insight as to what it means to be a leader! I thank you for that! You must be so proud to have so much positive influence on the youth of tomorrow.

    Thank you, thank you!!

    ~Jennifer Neville -VALOUR SCHOOL - Petawawa
  • Training Centres

    We had such a great time! Your camp is aMazing. The students loved it, and did things they never thought they would have! The slide show at the end was the cherry on top!!!

    ~Amanda - Teacher - Huron Heights Secondary School
  • Stu Speaks

    Students were very engaged, enthusiastic and excited. Stu is hilarious…seriously. “Humour is never a bad thing” said one student.

    ~Annalisa Varano - Vice Principal - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
  • Stu Speaks

    They say a great presenter “leaves them wanting more”. Well, we loved your presentation and the entire team asked me when you will be back! You are truly STUpendous!

    ~Nancy Klensch - Founder of Summit Kids
  • Stu Speaks

    Stu is an energetic, entertaining and dynamic presenter. He captures is audiences’ attention and keeps the room engaged for the entire presentation! His stories in his presentation captures everyone at different points, even the teachers!

    ~Sara Meaney - Cobourg Collegiate Institute
  • Stu Speaks

    Stu was great! Staff and students felt it really broke the anxiety in the building and we even got cupcakes today from one of the students.

    ~Carrie Rowlandson - William Aberhart High School, Calgary Alberta
  • Stu Speaks

    Stu was fantastic. There is nothing better than seeing 600 adolescents laughing their heads off. He delivers a terrific message and has the entire audience engaged, thinking, listening and most importantly laughing within seconds, and he keeps it going for over an hour. Thanks again on behalf of the Shores!!

    ~Doug Woods - Vice Principal, Nantyr Shores Secondary School
  • Stu Speaks

    Stu’s speech did exactly what I hoped it would do when I tried to bring him in: it brought the school together for a good laugh while empowering the student body to be the change they wish to see in their classroom. I feel he hit this goal perfectly.

    ~Steven Fotheringham - Oakville Trafalgar High School
  • Stu Speaks

    I really liked how the speech really just seemed like Stu was telling us funny stories, but he always related it back to the overall message. It didn’t sound like a speech at all, it was as if he was just talking to the crowd. I would say that he is excellent in connecting with the audience and keeping them entertained. There was not a two minute period in Stu’s speech were nobody was laughing. He kept us amused throughout the entire presentation. I thought he was perfect.

    ~James Palloto
  • Stu Speaks

    I would highly recommend Stu, his engaging personality was a real hook for the students and his messages were ones that many of them could identify with. The humour was great and the students shared that they enjoyed the presentation.

    ~Teresa Fowler - W.H. Croxford High School, Airdrie, Alberta
  • Stu Speaks

    Stu is personable. Students are willing to listen to him. They enjoy listening to him. He has a message, but he is also entertaining. He is fun to listen to and students don’t feel talked down to or preached at.

    ~Tanya Lacey - McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, ON
  • Student Conferences

    OSLC has played a pivotal role in the growth and development of our Student Activities Council leadership group over the 10 years we have been attending. The chance to get away together, bond as a group, meet other awesome leaders and advisors from across the province, and be challenged by some of the best speakers in the world has made a huge impact on the enthusiasm and effectiveness of our leadership program.”

    ~Jeff Gerber, Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School, Baden, Ontario
  • Training Centres

    “Just want to thank the Pigeon Lake YLCC staff for another wonderful experience. My Grade 7 class just returned from their overnight with smiles on their faces and singing ‘pizza man’. I have taken a group for a number of years now and I never tire of the experience. YOU rock!”

  • Youth Camps

    “Thank you Stu and Ornj and the AMAZING counsellors and staff for making the past two weeks amazing for Noah. He sobbed when we left, and can’t wait to return. He showed me his journal and we compared it to last year’s - what a difference a year makes.”

  • Youth Camps

    “Nothing makes my heart sing more, than to see my kids having the most amazing life experiences together. YLCC makes this happen every year. Pure Gold. ‘Thank You’ can’t really cover it …”

  • Youth Camps

    “Thank you for the best summer I have experienced to date. YLCC taught me how to embrace my values and to express opinions. The entire camp and amazing staff believed in me achieving any goal I were to set. “

  • Student Conferences

    OSLC to me is family, period.

    ~Hayley Press
  • Student Conferences

    OSLC showed me through the people I met what it was to be a better leader by how you act and what you do.

    ~Ben Arnold
  • Student Conferences

    OSLC is an experience where you can literally go and see 1000’s of other teens that have the same desire as you to lead and make a change in the world. The energy is electric, the movement is massive and the memories are completely unforgettable. The experience is one you fully cant understand without going there, there is an indescribable and irreplacable feeling that is created there, and it sticks even after you leave.

    ~Brittany Roney
  • Student Conferences

    OSLC changed my life. I have never felt so alive in my entire life. I met so many people who I will be life long friends with. The energy is amazing and the inspiration is indescribable.
    If there was one memory I could remember it would be OSLC.

    ~Maddison F
  • Student Conferences

    I don’t even know how to begin or where to start telling you how amazing OSLC was and how amazing and incredible you are! This event was truly life changing for me and my council, thank you so much for this, for OSLC and for you. You are truly an inspiration and have shown me so much and have lit a fire inside me.

    ~Joshua McCallum, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Strathroy, Ontario
  • Student Conferences

    I have been bringing students to the Ontario Student Leadership Conference for over 10 years. Our students clamour for a spot at the conference because they have heard about it and want to be a part of it. They always come back from the conference excited and motivated to make positive changes in our school and community. The speakers are always world class and the workshops inspire and educate the students, I look forward to being part of this incredible conference for years to come, keep up the great work.

    ~Kyle Pope, Oakville Traflagar High School
  • Student Conferences

    This conference consistently fosters, in the students who attend, a sense of community in leadership that I’ve yet to see generated to this degree anywhere else. Former students have told me, years later, that the OSLC was the highlight of their high school experience. I believe them.

    ~Ross Thomson, Craig Kielburger Secondary School, Milton, Ontario
  • Student Conferences

    I have been attending OSLC a number of years with our Students’ Council Executive. There is no other opportunity that I am able to offer my students that leads to such enthusiasm and ideas for the school year. Many of my students have worked as Spirit Leaders at the conference, and more than once students have told me how OSLC has changed their life. On top of that, OSLC is one of the very few conferences that allow for PD for staff members who work in student leadership. More than once I have had my own commitment to student leadership refreshed through workshops at OSLC.

    ~Tanya Lacey, McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, Ontario
  • Stu Speaks

    I was at the OCA conference on May 6th, and I just wanted to thank you on being such a wicked keynote… you definitely put me back in the camp mindset and reminded me of what’s truly important about the up-coming summer. Once again, a job very well done.

    ~Emily Summers
  • Stu Speaks

    The students really enjoyed Stu’s humour and low-key but critical message about getting involved and getting the most out of their High School experience. I would recommend Stu as a speaker who relates well to students, is funny, and gets the message out without preaching.

    Thank you,

    ~Lynn Toye