Our Story


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Our Story


Our Story

Mission

Recess Guardians teaches youth through unstructured play, to enhance life skills for positive development.

Vision

To empower all youth to reach their full potential and become leaders in their schools and communities.

Values

Leadership - Leading the community by example and inspiring positive influence and building self-esteem by instilling leadership skills in youth. 

Engagement – Giving a voice to kids through Recess Guardians programming; allowing teachers to see the abilities emerge from their students. Engaging the whole community and everyone involved, because everyone has to buy in the program to result in success.

Inclusivity – Providing the opportunity for every kid to play and lead, on and off the playground. With this value we will ensure that the Recess Guardians program is accessible to kids from all walks of life.

Growth & Development – encouraging a healthy lifestyle all-encompassing of mental and physical wellness. As an organization, we will strive to continue to grow and develop programming in conjunction with our mission and vision.

Fun & Play – If it is not fun, we aren’t doing it right! Recess Guardians uses fun, unstructured play to encourage activity, creativity, and leadership on the playground. Fun is a catalyst for everything Recess Guardians is doing. This also is a foundation for allowing kids to be kids, which is a key to success. 

The Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians was first started as a way to get youth more active during recess.

Through an internship at one of Saskatoon’s community schools, we saw that recesses were not what they once were. Much to our surprise, it appeared as though the students had simply forgotten how to play at recess. Instead, many of the students used recess as a time to gossip, bully one another, and get into mischief. Further, students were increasingly attached to their screens they carried around—iPods, cell phones and other similar devices.

Founder & Executive Director Michael McDonald 

Knowing what impact inactivity has on a young mind, the founders of SBC Recess Guardians developed a simple program with the goal of teaching kids just that: how to play again.

SBC Recess Guardians began in the 2008/2009 school year in Saskatoon. We started off running in 11 community schools, with volunteers from the University of Saskatchewan College Of Kinesiology. The first year was a drop-in program, but as we have progressed, we have a developed a structure that has largely contributed to the success and growth we are seeing today.

For all four years of our existence, we have been funded by the Law Enforcement Guardians of Saskatoon through Care & Share. It has been a great partnership, as we share three common goals:

 

 

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE | TEACHING THEM LEADERSHIP SKILLS; AND | GETTING THEM ACTIVE

In 2011, Saskatchewan Blue Cross jumped on board as one of our amazing sponsors. From their support, we have been able to expand the program across the province, bring on more volunteers, and add diversity in the programs we offer. In 2012, they became our title sponsor, and we look forward to making the program even bigger and better for youth across the province

The program is now in over 110 schools across Saskatchewan. Our success is entirely contributed to the support from our local and provincial partners, the volunteers that bring energy to each session, and to the schools who are dedicated to making recess an enjoyable and inclusive experience for everyone!

How It Works


How It Works

How It Works


How It Works

Setting up Recess Guardians

Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians is a very versatile and accommodating program. We take pride in the fact that we can adapt and work with any type of school we come across.

The first step is to communicate with us by e-mail or phone and let us know you are interested. From that point, we can discuss the different ways we can work with your school and when we would be able to come out.

Our group of fun-loving volunteers comes right to you, so there's no need to get permission slips or take the students away from class time. We do our best to work with the students during times that are ideal for the teacher and class, such as during gym time or lunch hour.

To have Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians come out to your school, we need the following:

  • A class who is energetic and willing to be leaders in their school. We usually target a class or group of students in the grade 4-6 range.
  • Access to a gym or large area in order to teach the games with appropriate space.
  • A teacher or adult who will take responsibility for the program once we leave. To have the program continue to be sustainable and run successfully, this is a must.

We teach a lot of games that can be played in a variety of spaces and places. There are even games that are great for indoor recesses on those cold, winter days.

TO HAVE THE SASKATCHEWAN BLUE CROSS RECESS GUARDIANS COME OUT TO YOUR SCHOOL!

Where We Are


Where We Are

Where We Are


Where We Are

Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians is based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We are proud to have planted the seed for physical activity through empowerment in our hometown, and are thrilled to be expanding to more cities throughout Canada.

+ Saskatoon Schools

Alvin Buckwold
Bishop Filavich
Bishop Klein
Bishop Pocock
Bishop Roborecki
Brevort Park
Brownell
Brunkskill
Buena Vista
Cardinal Leger
Caroline Robbins
Caswell
College Park
Confederation Park
Dundonald
Fairhaven
Father Robinson
Georges Vanier
Greystone
Henry Kelsey
Holliston
Hugh Cairns
James L. Alexander
John G. Egnatoff
John Lake
King George
Lakeview
Lester B. Pearson
Maria Montessori
Mayfair
Montgomery
Mother Teresa
North Park Wilson
Pleasant Hill
Pope John Paul II
Prince Philip
Princess Alexandra
River Heights
Silverwood
Silverspring
St. Angela
St. Bernard
St. Dominic
St. Edward
St Frances
St. George
St. Gerard
St. John
St. Luke
St. Marys
St. Maria Goretti
St. Mark
St. Michael
St. Matthews
St. Paul
St. Peter
St. Philip
St. Volodymyr
Howard Coad
Sutherland
Vincent Massey
Westmount
WP Bates

+ Regina Schools

Arcola
Bulyea
Coronation Park
Ecole Wilfrid Walker
Ethel Milliken
MacNeill
Prairie Sky
St. Marguerite
St. Matthew
W.S. Hawrylak

+ Yorkton and Area Schools

Balcarres
Canora
Churchbridge
Esterhazy
Grayson
Ituna
Kamsack (2 Schools)
Langenberg
M.C. Knoll
Preeceville
St. Alphonsus
St. Mary's
Sturgis
Whitewood
Wynyard

+ Moose Jaw Schools

Cornerstone Community
Ecole St. Margaret
Empire Community
Palliser Heights
St. Agnes
St. Michael
Westmount
William Grayson

+ North Battleford and Battleford Schools

Battleford Central
Bready Elementary
Connaught
Ecole Blaise Morand
Lawerence Elementary
McKitrick
St. Marys

+ Humboldt and Area Schools

Humboldt Public
Humboldt St. Dominic

+ Swift Current Schools

Ashley Park
Central

+ Nipawin Area Schools

Choiceland Elementary
Tisdale Elementary

+ Meadow Lake Area Schools

Buffalo Narrows
Edam
Gateway
Green Acres Elementary
Ile-a-la-Crosse
Lakeview Elementary
Lashburn
Loon Lake
Marsden
Pierceland
Rapidview
St Walburg

+ Prince Albert Area Schools

Christopher Lake
King George
Riverside
Red Wing

+ Lloydminster Area Schools

St. Josephs
St. Marys
St. Thomas

+ Rural Schools

Allan
Ahtahkakoop First Nation
Asquith
Assiniboia
Beardys First Nation (2 schools)
Bienfait
Broadview
Colonsay
Consul
Coronach
Cut Knife
Eastend
Estevan (2 schools)
Eston
Frontier
Gull Lake
Hague
Hillmond
Ituna
Kelvington
Langham
Lanigan
Leroy
Manor
Marshall
Mossbank
Neilburg
Paradise Hill
Pense
Perdue
Quill Lake
Rose Valley
Sedley
Shaunavon (2 schools)
Turtleford
Unity
Watrous
Watson
Yellowgrass

+ Northern Saskatchewan Schools

Black Lake
Cumberland House (2 schools)
Fond Du Lac
Hatchet Lake
James Smith
Lac La Ronge (2 schools)
Montreal Lake
Peter Ballantyne
Red Earth
Shoal Lake
Stony Rapids
Sturgeon Lake
Wahpeton

+ Hutterite Colonies

Beechy
Big Rose
Dinsmore
Eatonia
Glidden
Goldenview
Milden
Smiley
Sovereign
Springwater
Valley Center