Sun Protection For Kids At Summer Camp
Summer camp means long, free-spirited days of fun in the sun, whether jumping in the pool, skimming over the water on a wakeboard or tearing around the softball bases. Whatever your kids’ favorite camp activities, it’s always important to remember to supply and apply plenty of sun protection. Experts have found that even one bad sunburn in childhood can dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer later on. So, pack up the sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing and make sure sunburn doesn’t cast a painful shadow on your little camper’s good time.
Experts recommend wearing a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. Pack a supply of your kids’ favorite lotion or spray and emphasize the importance of reapplying every few hours or after being in the water or sweating a lot. Be sure they pay attention to those easily forgotten spots like the back of the neck and the tops of the feet. Many camps require kids to apply their own sun protection, so sprays may be a good idea for getting hard-to-reach places like the back.
Hats are an invaluable addition to the sun protection arsenal. Although head gear with ultra-protective flaps to cover the neck and ears provide the best shield from harmful UBV rays, most youngsters will find these a bit too nerdy. Baseball style hats, however, come in a super range of colors, team logos and prints, so it should be easy to find one your little camper will consider cool enough to wear. Although providing no neck coverage, the bill of the cap is great face protection and also shields eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
Yes, even the eyes can suffer from over-exposure to the sun’s rays. Luckily, sunglasses are generally considered pretty cool. Be sure to take your youngster with you when you buy shades to be sure they fit well and the style and color are acceptable. Lenses should be shatter-proof, scratch resistant and have 99 to 100 percent UV protection. Glasses with impact-resistant lenses made of materials like polycarbonate are best for the active camp lifestyle and wraparound styles afford the best all-around protection.
Many parents pack up some protective clothing in the form of short- or long-sleeved rash guards. These shirts, made popular by surfers, are made of lightweight, quick-drying sun-resistant fabric. With a wide array of cool colors and wild graphics, the shirts are increasingly popular with kids of all ages.