High Five

Background / History

Recreation Nova Scotia is proud to be the Nova Scotia provider of HIGH FIVE®, Canada’s only Quality Assurance Program for recreation and sport programs for children aged 6-12. HIGH FIVE® provides a range of training, assessment tools and resources to help organizations deliver high quality programs.

The research tells us that the experiences children have in sport and recreation at an early age have a life-long impact. Positive experiences in sport and recreation help children become capable, caring adults who contribute more effectively to the community in the future.

HIGH FIVE® ensures leaders, coaches, and instructors have the tools and knowledge to nurture a child’s mental health and create those positive experiences for children

HIGH FIVE® for Older Adults

People in Canada over the age of 65 now outnumber those under the age of 15. Based on the success of the quality standard for children’s programs, HIGH FIVE® has launched a new standard for older adult recreation. This 3-year project which began in Jan. 2016 builds on the current HIGH FIVE® national industry standard for children, using best practices and systems already in place to customize a standard for the rapidly advancing demographic; older adults. Quality recreation has a significant role to play in keeping older adults healthy and active.

A new Principles of Healthy Aging Workshop for leaders and coaches working with older adults is now available. The PHA workshop is a one-day training that provides insights into the unique needs of older adults participating in recreation or leisure activities. Participants will learn evidence-based approaches to improve the experiences of older adults participating in recreation programs. The training will cover topics like ageism, program planning and the importance that physical literacy and social connectedness play in sustained long-term health, improved mental and physical well-being and a better quality of life.


For More Information

If you would like to enroll in a training workshop or host a training, please contact Debbie Bauld -

You can find out more information about the new HIGH FIVE® standard of quality for older adult recreation by visiting www.highfive.org/older-adults, or go to the HIGH FIVE® calendar for training in Nova Scotia.