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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

April 4, 2017
Camp is fun, and...
Spotlight on Sunscreens
How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for Kids
Water & Sports
Six Summer Camp Benefits You May Not Know
Camps with a Special Focus
Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient
Day Camps
Summer Camp: Great for Kids, Even Better for Parents
Camp and Spiritual Development
Summer Festivals
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  Camp is fun, and...

(0 April 2017) Camp_Welcome.jpgThe children think camp is fun, and it is! We know it is MORE. Good camps help children acquire new skills, build character, make friends, work/play/learn independently or as a team, and figure out how to get along with others.

One mom of two boys and one girl told me she balances summer activities four ways: 1) downtime at the beginning and end of "camp season", 2) two or three different kinds of camps, 3) a family vacation and 4) they pick one weekend family go-to activity.

Go online to our A-Z SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY to find detailed descriptions and contact information. We try to list every camp we find.  Some will have name and phone only. If you know of a camp we have missed, let us know! Click on the camp ads below to reach their websites and you will be delighted with the quality programs available. 

Have fun planning a great summer! Parmalee

  Spotlight on Sunscreens

by New Leaf Community Markets Staff

Summer's fast approaching. How to choose a sunscreen to protect your child?

Understanding Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation

There are two types of harmful Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation in particular to watch out for when it comes to protecting your children's skin. UVA rays are deep penetrating and linked to premature aging. UVB rays do not penetrate as deeply, but because they have 1,000 times the effect on the skin, they will cause sunburn, and are linked to most skin cancers.

What about SPF?

SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, indicates a level of protection against the UVB rays that cause sunburn.
For example, if one normally begins to burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, a SPF 15 properly applied should provide protection from burning for 150 minutes. However, to protect the delicate skin of little ones, look for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that screens out both UVA and UVB rays. Apply every one to two hours when outdoors, especially if swimming or sweating. Don't be fooled by the term "water-proof"-it is not recognized by the FDA, so in this case as well, apply regularly.

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) BeachMomDaughter.jpgSunscreens fall into two categories: mineral and chemical. Mineral sunscreens that feature zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are popular with parents because they work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical sun blockers. Also important for young bodies, mineral sunscreens are typically free of chemicals, petroleum, parabens, phthalates, paba, fragrance, and gluten, and are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, chemical-based sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and contain potentially harmful ingredients.

Quick Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

1. Look for mineral sunscreens with a minimum SPF of 30 that offer protection from UVA and UVB rays, and apply every one to two hours when outdoors, especially if swimming or sweating.
2. Apply to skin even on cloudy days that can have up to 80% of the UV light as the hottest day in summer.
3. For best protection, don't rely just on sunscreen; cover up kids with hats, light clothing, and sunglasses to protect eyes and vision.
4. Remedy over-sunned skin with soothing plant-based ingredients.

New Leaf Community Markets' Nutrition and Body Care Department carries and recommends several brands of mineral-based sunscreen brands for use with the children including Acure, BurnOut, Goddess Garden, Badger, Elemental Herbs, and Thinksport. Stop by and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

  How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for Kids

It's much more than s'mores and sing-alongs: Top camps provide lifelong memories and skills. Here's how to pick a winner -- and help your kid have an awesome summer

By Barbara Rowley

(0 April 2017) Camp_Avid4_boyCloseupBike.jpgEven before I had kids, I knew they'd go to summer camp. I had spent literally decades (as a camper, staffer, and director) at my own sleepaway camp. What child of mine wouldn't want to do the same?

But my daughters turned out to be homebodies who didn't want to leave for a day, let alone overnight. My husband had never gone to camp himself and liked having everyone close in the summer. Faced with an uphill battle, I began to lose perspective. What did camp really matter, anyway?

It's a question many parents struggle with -- and one that camp professionals are eager to answer...  Read more>>>>

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  Water & Sports

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  Six Summer Camp Benefits You May Not Know

By Jess Michaels ACA

(0 April 2017) Camp_SCSoccerAction.jpgFor generations, children have spent their summers at day and sleepaway camps, trying new activities such as swimming, hiking, and various sports. But what many families may not realize is that camp provides children with different opportunities to develop important life skills that are difficult to achieve in any other environment. Below are just a few of the many benefits your children will gain from the summer camp experience.

1) Campers obtain the life skills needed to become successful adults.
2) Camp educates the whole child.
3) Camp allows kids to unplug from technology.
4) At camp, there's plenty of time for play, which helps children with social and emotional development.
5) Children can reinvent themselves at camp.
6) Camp promotes independence.

When children go to camp, they are given the opportunity to grow more independent. Whether for a day or an entire summer, separation from one's parents means a camper has to learn to rely on himself and other trusted adults and peers. Separation from parents gives a child the ability to think independently, which builds self-esteem. Read entire article>>>

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  Camps with a Special Focus

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  Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient

 Michael Ungar Ph.D., Nurturing Resilience

(0 April 2017) Camp_GrowingUpWildBoysinTree.jpgI recently spoke to 300 camp directors about how to make children more resilient to life stress. Summer camps, we discovered, are perfect places to help children optimize their psycho-social development.

After all, summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies. There are the simple challenges of learning how to build a fire, going on a hike, or conquering a high ropes course. There are the much more complex challenges of getting along with a new group of peers, learning how to ask for help from others, or taking manageable amount of risks without a parent following after you.

The best camping experiences offer...

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  Day Camps

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Hiking... Quail Hollow Ranch


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  Summer Camp: Great for Kids, Even Better for Parents

Psychologist Michael Thompson makes the case in his new book that overnight camp is the antidote to parenting in the age of anxiety

By Bonnie Rochman

I've spent a good bit of time away from my kids this summer. My 9-year-old went on a month-long trip to Alaska with his grandparents, while my 7-year-old had her first taste of sleepaway camp in a four-night introductory session. I wasn't worried about either of them. My son, after all, was with my parents. And my daughter scarcely glanced back as she boarded the bus to camp. Homesick? Hardly.

(0 April 2017) Book_HomesickandHappy.jpgWhile I constantly wondered what they were up to, my kids didn't seem to notice that my husband and I had been removed from their family equation. They did just fine without me reminding them to slather on sunscreen or to eat their veggies. More than fine, actually; they each had a blast.

Little did I know that I was doing them a huge favor by kissing them goodbye and sending them off to manage without me. But psychologist Michael Thompson wrote an entire book about the importance of a little child-parent separation. Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow urges helicopter parents to land their hovercraft and set their kids free for the summer. Read more>>>

  Camp and Spiritual Development

Tom Rosenberg, President/CEO, American Camp Association

What are your earliest transcendent memories as a child? For me, they were in the woods or on the trail at camp with my counselors and cabin group. Sitting around the campfire feeling the warmth of friendships and (0 April 2017) Camp_PeaceNature.jpglistening to the rhythm of the crickets and bull frogs. Gazing in awe on wondrous wilderness from a lofty mountain peak. These were deeply inspiring and spiritual moments for me as a child, and I have always believed that my leaders and role models at camp were instrumental in helping me discover and understand my own spirituality. Today, Pam and I look forward to hikes and campouts in the woods with our nine-year-old son, Daniel, in the hopes of providing him with similarly inspiring experiences, and we have made it a priority to offer Daniel residential and day camp experiences since he was six, knowing that camp would offer him similar opportunities. Read more>>>

  Summer Festivals
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Amazing Art

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The Art Factory

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Loves Santa Cruz Soccer Camp!


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Pool Jr. Guard

Seahorse Swim School

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Camps at

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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Free Movies at the Beach
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  Free Movies at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
88 Keys Spooky Music Concert
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  88 Keys Spooky Music Concert
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: 10/27/2017 at 12:40pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: Delightful family spooky music concert!
City: Aptos view all details >>
California Rodeo Salinas
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  California Rodeo Salinas
California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
Ages: All
Details: 2016 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
City: Salinas Phone: (831)775-3100 view all details >>
Capitola Begonia Festival
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  Capitola Begonia Festival
Capitola Village
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 4) from 7:00am to 8:00pm
Details: A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831)476-6522 view all details >>
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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  Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: Every day (Aug 19-Aug 20) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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  Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3240 view all details >>
Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
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  Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Date: 07/08/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Rare opportunity to see Boomeria organ in action and raise funds for SC Baroque! Worth it!!
City: Bonny Doon view all details >>
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
Pirate Party
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  Pirate Party
Northern California Pirate Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 17-Jun 18)
Details: Avast Mates! Come join us pirates for non-stop entertainment, hearty food and drink, unique shopping and lively games and activi
City: Vallejo view all details >>
Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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  Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
City: Monterey Phone: (831) 682-2022 view all details >>
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