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Summer Camps — Do Your Homework!

April 1, 2015
By Betsy Bethel - Editor (betsy@ovparent.com) , OVParent

Planning summer activities seems wrong when we are still waking up to 23-degree mornings, but while the weather may try to fool us, the calendar doesn't lie. It is April, and summer is right around the corner!

On the next page, you'll see the beginning of the Summer Camp Guide, and it continues through page 9. There is no shortage of summer camps in the Ohio Valley, and this list is not exhaustive! (If you know of a camp that should be listed, please send the info to me at editor@ovparent.com).

There are a wide variety of camps, from nature to art to science to sports, and some that offer all these topics and more. Some can be pricey, but others are free. There is sure to be a camp that fits your child to a T (and may also include a T-shirt!).

When looking for a camp, be sure to call the number listed or email the organizer and ask questions to help you better understand the inner workings of the camp. Do I need ID to pick up my child? (If not, why not!?) How much does before- and after-care cost? If there's food served, what is it; and, what are kids allowed to bring for lunch? Are the counselors (especially the youth counselors) trained in mandated reporting and Darkness to Light Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention, or something comparable?

On that last topic, and because it is Child Abuse Prevention Month, let me share a few facts with you (these are from www.d2l.org, and sources are cited on that site):

Nearly 70 percent of reported sexual assaults affect children 17 and under.

The younger the victim, the more likely the perpetrator is a juvenile.

Children are most vulnerable to abuse between the ages of 7 and 13.

Perpetrators report they look for passive, quiet, troubled, lonely children from single parent or broken homes.

To learn more, there is a FREE Stewards of Children training on April 23 at Benwood-McMechen Housing Authority, and it is open to anyone. For information, call 304-232-5600. Darkness to Light also now offers an online training for $10. Check it out at www.d2l.org.

The CDC also has a resource called "Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations" at www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/ pub/preventingchildabuse.html.

There are steps everyone can take to protect kids - without locking them inside all summer long! Do you know what they are?

 
 

 

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