The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) is committed to providing the highest quality recreation and sport programs to children and recognizes the importance of the HIGH FIVE principles and outcomes committed to healthy child development.


HIGH FIVE accreditation is the highest standard of excellence in sport and recreation programs for children. Founded in 2001 by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), HIGH FIVE offers a holistic approach to healthy child development, based on years of research, and validated by experts in related fields. HIGH FIVE promotes the following five principles of healthy child development that research says are essential for quality programs:

  • A caring adult
  • Friends
  • Play
  • Mastery
  • Participation

WHY ARE WE INVOLVED IN HIGH FIVE? The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is committed to providing quality programming for children. The HIGH FIVE approach to child programming includes:

  • Training and development for staff
  • Program assessment using the scientifically-validated QUEST 2 risk management tracking and evaluation tool
  • Establishing policies and procedures
  • Promoting parent awareness of the benefits of high quality programs

HIGH FIVE works because of its comprehensive, evidence-based approach to quality experiences for children. Through the use of HIGH FIVE tools, like QUEST 2, quality becomes measurable, quantifiable and attainable. Organizations can identify areas for improvement with confidence, increase program satisfaction and enjoy the benefits of meeting an increasing demand for quality assurance certification.

Quality matters because research shows people are more likely to stay active for life if they have positive experiences in sport and recreation as a child. Through our national network of delivery partners, we address societal challenges like children's mental health and physical inactivity, educating our sector on children's cognitive, social and emotional needs.

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