The Boys and Girls Club of Durham is an accredited High Five organization. This means that all staff are trained in Principles of Healthy Child Development in a recreational and sport setting.
HIGH FIVE is Canada’s quality standard for children’s programs.
A Caring Leader – establishing relationships with caring, positive, and supportive relationships with adults can help children 4 to 12 develop positive social skills, self- esteem, and self- confidence.
Friends – friends expand a child’s world beyond family. Having friends around allows children to share in humour, test loyalty, form their first audience and offer support and criticism.
Participation – children need to make choices, have a voice, and do things by and for themselves. This supports positive self-expression, physical activity, and interaction with others.
Play – children get to shape their environments using their imaginations when a program stresses fun, creativity, and co-operation. It also helps children develop motor and social skills, cognitive function, and creativity.
Mastery – programs should provide children with activities and tasks that enable them to feel special, important, and successful. Programs led by leaders and coaches who encourage mastery help promote learning.