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The Municipality of Port Hope is a HIGH FIVE® accredited community. Our camp, program, and aquatic staff are certified in the Principles of Healthy Child Development. This allows our staff to make sure your child has the best experience possible.

What is HIGH FIVE®High Five Accredation logo

HIGH FIVE® is a comprehensive quality standard used by organizations across Canada. It delivers high quality programs that are safe, welcoming and respect the individual needs of each child. HIGH FIVE® is built around five principles of healthy child development. Research proves these principles are essential for quality programs.

  • A caring adult
  • The opportunity to participate
  • The opportunity to make friends
  • The opportunity to master skills
  • The opportunity to play

It all adds up to a great program and happy, healthy kids!

Why choose a HIGH FIVE® accredited organization?

Choose HIGH FIVE® accredited organizations for your child's recreation programs to ensure they enjoy the best way to play!

“9 out of 10 parents are more satisfied after enrolling their kids in programs that use HIGH FIVE®. 98% of HIGH FIVE® Organizations have been able to make the kids they serve happier!” (HIGH FIVE® Impact Study, 2016)

Check out the HIGH FIVE® program for more information.

What should you look for when choosing a program or camp

  • The HIGH FIVE® logo in the program brochure or organization website.
  • The leaders are confident and friendly. They treat all children with respect and honesty.
  • The program content provides challenges that are right for your child's age and skill level.
  • The focus is on achieving a personal best rather than winning.
  • Activities are well-organized with opportunities for children to have a choice.

Five questions to ask your child

  1. Tell me what you like best about your teacher/leader?
  2. Did you make any friends?
  3. Did you learn to do something new or get better at something?
  4. Did you feel bored? Was there always something to do? Did you have fun?
  5. What was your favourite part/activity?

Testimonials in our community

"My children look forward to their weekly programs of swim and dance, friendly faces of the staff and making friends in their classes. They've grown into more confident individuals as they how to do learn new things in these programs."

- Mel M

"Programming with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture has provided our children with the knowledge and skills needed to become strong confident swimmers and individuals."

- Kate M