Reduce Bullying, and Improve Inclusion Through Active Play

Our free programming builds leadership abilities and encourages a healthy lifestyle. Recess Guardians helps teach youth positive building blocks for their future in a fun, safe and educational environment. 

600 Schools Reached                  350k Students Impacted


said that our program increased leadership skills in their youth


said our program increased social inclusion on the playground


said our program increased the confidence level in the leaders


said that our program leads to greater cooperation in both the classroom and on the playground

Teaching youth through unstructured play to enhance life skills for positive development.


Recess Guardians provides schools, teachers and most importantly students, with easy to use tools that promote all students to participate and be “Guardians of Play” by demonstrating daily leadership to other students during non-classroom time. Older students in the school are provided with leadership training and tools to  

successfully lead students in games, collaborative activities that engage all students, while promoting physical activity, fun and a positive school community. We are working to make school playgrounds safer by encouraging all students to build friendships instead of fences; build relationships instead of boundaries. 

Resolving the social and bullying problems impacting students’ recess.

The majority of the students at Vincent Massey Community School are now active during recess time. Given the proper equipment and leadership, the students have found success with their outside time on the playground.

- Teacher, Vincent Massey Community School

We’re creating a bold and imaginative world where everyone has someone who believes in them.

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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.

Contact us and our group of fun-loving staff 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. 


In the News

Recess guardians program teaching Loon Lake students to be more inclusive

May 10, 2016

With cell phones and social media, outdoor games at recess seem like a thing of the past, but a school in Loon Lake is working to curb that and improve socialization between students with its ‘recess guardians’.  

A program that teaches Saskatchewan kids to play - CTV News

September 25th, 2015

“In January when it’s forty below and we’re stuck inside for almost the entire month, they can support the teachers in the classrooms by going in and playing classroom games with the kids during the winters.”

Recess Guardians - Bringing play back to recess

September 1, 2015

Empowering youth to lead through active play. Mike McDonald explains how Recess Guardians is bringing play back to recess.

Recess Guardians empowers youth

September 1, 2015

Bringing the play back into recess, Recess Guardians empowers youth by encouraging leadership and a healthy lifestyle.  

Unique program puts play time back into recess - The StarPhoenix

September 25th, 2015

Recess Guardians encourages students to be school leaders

Recess Guardians

August 16, 2013

A non-profit organization, recess guardians, works with students in schools to teach them games and promote leadership skills.  

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