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Frequently Asked Questions for Camp Directors and Owners

SUN AWARE Certification Program

What does SUN AWARE Certified mean?

SUN AWARE Certified is a designation awarded to camps that meet specific criteria in demonstrating sun safe behaviours.

More information about the SUN AWARE Camp Program can be found in our Certification Guide, made available to our camps upon registration. The guide provides all you need to make your camp a SUN AWARE success and includes:

  • key sun safety messages to communicate to campers and staff
  • a Self-Assessment Tool for your camp
  • the criteria and process to become certified
  • a sample Sun Safety Policy
  • a sample informational letter to parents

How can our camp become SUN AWARE Certified? What does my camp have to do?

Here is a summary of what camps need to do to become a SUN AWARE Certified Camp:

  1. Register online.
  2. Set goals and create a plan of action to refine and enhance your sun safety practices. Learn how in our SUN AWARE Certification Guide.
  3. Ensure staff counsellors complete a brief (10 minute) training course (accessible to staff via the Camp Staff Login page in drop down menu above).
  4. Practice and reinforce the following sun safe behaviours with all campers:
    • apply broad-spectrum sunscreen frequently—especially when sweating or going in and out of water
    • cover up with hats, t-shirts, wraps, etc.
    • seek shade and avoid the sun when possible between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    • wear sunglasses
  5. Distribute information provided by Melanoma Network of Canada about sun safety and the SUN AWARE Camp Program to parents/guardians.
  6. Include sun safe activities during camps.
  7. Submit the details of your participation at the end of your summer camp season (online, September 2016).

Which camps are already SUN AWARE Certified?

A list of SUN AWARE Certified Camps can be found here.

We already practice sun safe behaviours — why should we become SUN AWARE Certified?

Camps are a wonderful childhood experience, but summer camps occur during Canada’s peak UV period and therefore present a risk if no protective measures are taken. It is a sad fact that many Canadians do not recognize this risk. In order to set a standard that becomes the norm in Canada, the Melanoma Network of Canada is launching the SUN AWARE Camp Program. Adoption of this program by camps will help parents and guardians recognize that they can and should select a camp that is committed to implementing SUN AWARE practices for campers.

By becoming a SUN AWARE Certified Camp, you are creating a safer outdoor recreation environment for campers and a healthier future for our children and teens!

We have not been a sun safe camp in the past. Is it difficult to become SUN AWARE Certified?

Participation is easy! The most important step to take is to get started and set goals to become SUN AWARE certified. Camp directors, owners and staff can learn more about how to become certified here. And if you need help, don’t hesitate to contact the SUN AWARE Camp Program at 905.901.5121 ext. 104.

We already include staff training on sun safety behaviours. Do our staff need to complete your course?

SUN AWARE Camp Program requires that all staff complete our online Sun Safety training course (accessible to staff via the Camp Staff Login page in the drop down menu item above). The training will enhance staff knowledge on the standards of sun safety leadership for SUN AWARE Certified Camps.

Where can I find more information about how to become SUN AWARE Certified?

You can learn more about how to become certified here or contact the SUN AWARE Camp Program at or 905.901.5121 ext. 104.

Melanoma Network of Canada

Who is Melanoma Network of Canada?

Melanoma Network of Canada is a national organization that provides melanoma patients and their caregivers with current and accurate information and services in the fight against melanoma. Melanoma Network of Canada also provides funding support for public awareness, education and research. Learn more about Melanoma Network of Canada.

I’d like to donate to the Melanoma Network of Canada. How do I do this?

You can donate here. Our goal is to expand this program so more Canadian children and teen grow up without the issues of melanoma or skin cancer affecting their lives. Your donations will help ensure the future of this vital program.

We want to support Melanoma Network of Canada in its mandate to create a sun safe culture in Canada. How can we do this?

Help Melanoma Network of Canada make a difference! Melanoma Network of Canada offers a wide variety of volunteer positions for people looking to make a difference in the lives of those affected by melanoma. Please visit us online at:

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