Tips for Staying COOL and SAFE for the Summer!

Another successful summer camp week down!!! This past week, we had Camp Carnival where we did ALL THINGS Carnival! Parachute fun, carnival outdoor stations, snow cones, cotton candy, face painting, and much, much more!!!

We have been taking advantage of this beautiful weather and spending more time outside!!! As we spend more time outside, we wanted to take a moment to review some sun safety tips with you not only at our center but for your home as well!

-Be sure to apply sunscreen every morning (and we will apply it every afternoon with the appropriate completed form).

-BBCLC is keeping the playground free from mosquitos every summer by participating in monthly mosquito spraying to control the mosquito population and larvae. For added protection, feel free to spray your child with bug spray before arriving in the morning.

-When outside for some time, be sure to take time in the shade to get some rest. Be sure to check the weather before heading outside as there may be a heat advisory.

-Water is the best and most effective way to stay hydrated on a hot summer day. Avoid caffeinated drinks like soda and tea or sugary juices on hot days. When dropping your child off at the center, be sure to have their water bottle filled with cold water and we will replenish it at the center, as needed. Be sure to incorporate water breaks with your children and family when outside.

-Snack ideas on hot days: popsicles, smoothies, fresh fruits (for example watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, grapes- you can even freeze these fruits), fresh vegetables with hummus, guacamole and crackers, lettuce wraps, and turkey roll-ups.

-Dressing appropriately is so important to stay safe from the sun and cool on those hot days! For safety on the playground, we strongly encourage sneakers/tennis shoes; however, your child is welcome to wear sandals with back straps on them. For any child wearing a dress, they must wear shorts underneath. Your child may bring their hat to wear, just make sure to label it with their name/initials. Be mindful of what you dress your child in as they go outside 3 times a day, weather permitting. We encourage light-colored cotton attire (this includes dress-up days as well).

-Beating the heat by staying cool and wet- incorporate water sensory bins/tables, water balloons, sprinklers, water painting at home like we do at BBCLC on our water days. *Always have an adult present when children are playing with water. 

Be sure to talk to your little one about sun and water safety and come back next week as we JUMP right into Camp Jr. Muscles!!!

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