For kids, summer is all about playing outside and enjoying the warm weather, making it a great opportunity for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)’s Sun Squads to travel all over Quebec in order to talk some sun sense into kids.
Starting in early June, 14 Sun Squad leaders will roam all over Quebec to meet 6 to 12 year-old kids in day camps and summer camps. The leaders will use interactive games to show kids how to protect themselves from the sun thanks to the SOS Trio: Sunscreen, Outfit, Shade.
The kids will also be given UV sensors as a reminder to protect their skin. The leaders will also attend public events across the province to meet kids and their parents.
The Sun Squad’s mission is to encourage kids to adopt sun protection habits now, when they are young, and to make them realize the importance of being sun-smart. Why target kids? Because they spend a lot of time in the sun and because exposure to UV radiation in childhood considerably increases the risk of developing skin cancer later on in life.
If you work at a day camp or are organizing a family-friendly public event this summer and would like a visit from a Sun Squad leader, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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