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20 Fun Filled Activities for Summer



  As school is ending and summer is upon us families can  spend more time together relaxing and having fun.
As parents it's essential to have a number of ideas ready to connect with our kids and to build memories.
It is also important that those ideas be inexpensive and relatively easy to do.
Here are 20 suggestions for fun summer activities.


1. Go to the park and feed the ducks.


2. Visit the library and sign up for story time or for the summer reading program.


3. Play flashlight tag after dark.


4. On a day that is too hot to go outside, build a fort from blankets and sheets and read books and eat snacks inside.


5. Have a cookout with your neighbors and let the kids set the menu and help prepare the food.


6. Play in the sprinkler with your kids – don’t just watch.


7. Teach your kids how to fly a kite or build a paper sailboat.


8. Go to a museum.


9. Pick a charity and volunteer for a day.


10. Have a picnic – in your own backyard.


11. Plan a special time with each child individually, letting them pick the activity.


12. Plan a back yard carnival and invite all of the neighborhood kids to attend.  You can have ring toss, golf putting games, matchbox car races, pin the tail on the donkey, and much more.


13. Research your family history learning as much as you can about each family member - create an art project to represent your family tree.


14. Catch lightening bugs or create a bug collection.


15. Visit a local public swimming pool. Remember to supervise carefully.


16. Set out a big puzzle and do a little bit each day as a family – when complete use puzzle glue and frame the puzzle.


17. Use sidewalk chalk to draw pictures of your family and favorite places.


18. Create a bird feeder out of a milk jug or buy an inexpensive one and see how many different kinds of birds you can identify over the summer.


19. Let your kids create a play with props and costumes - make tickets and invite family and friends to watch.


20. Create a scrapbook of the fun activities you are doing this summer.



20 Tips To Prevent Childhood Drowning




Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4, and the
second leading cause for children 1 to 14. Childhood drowning is a silent killer.
You won’t hear splashing or yelling. Most childhood drownings happen during a brief lapse in supervision.
Follow these suggestions to help prevent this tragedy from happening to a child you know.







1. Appoint an adult who can swim to watch children in the pool.

The supervising adult should not read, talk on the phone, or do any other distractng activity!


2. Swimming lessons will not make your child “drownproof”. Even good swimmers can drown.


                                                    3. Keep ladders, furniture and toys away from aboveground pools. Toddlers are great climbers!


                                                    4. Fence in your pool completely and install a selfclosing, selflatching gate.


5. Young children should wear personal flotation devices, but these devices do not replace adult



6. Remind babysitters and other caregivers not to leave children unattended near water.


7. Keep pool water clear and remove floats and other toys when the pool is not in use.


8. Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers near all pools.


9. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because of the shallowness of a baby pool. Small children can drown in 2 inches of water… so always keep them within arm’s reach. 

Empty baby pools immediately after each use and store upsidedown.


10. Teach your child to stay away from all types of water unless they are with an adult. 

Even if you don’t have a pool, your neighbor might. It doesn’t take long for a child to wander out of your yard and head straight for the neighbor’s pool.


                              SWIMMING POOLS ARE NOT THE ONLY DANGER:



11. Never leave a young child alone in a bathtub or allow a sibling to watch a younger child.

If you need to leave the bathroom, take your child with you!


12. Infant bathtubs and seats are bathing aids, not safety devices.


                                 13. Keep the toilet lid down and use a toilet seat lock to keep children from opening the lid.


                                 14. Put a latch on the bathroom door to keep unsupervised children out.


15. Fivegallon buckets, washtubs, even coolers pose a threat to babies

and toddlers who may topple into them. Empty and store all buckets and large containers out of children’s reach.


16. When having a picnic in a park or camping near a lake or river, find out ahead of time

where the bodies of water are so you can make sure your children are with an adult if they go off to explore,and where to look FIRST if they go missing.


17. Older children and teenagers will take more risks around water.

Remind them to stay within designated swimming areas and swim with a buddy, never alone.


18. In winter, water may not be completely frozen … don’t take a chance, stay off the ice!


19. Decorative ponds and fountains have become very popular.If you have a pond or fountain in your yard or are visiting someone who does, it is important to watch your child at all times. 

Children love to play in water!


20. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone or run to the restroom. Supervision is the key to preventing accidental drowning deaths.

Be Water Wise… SUPERVISE!







    A Summer of

   Happy Memories:

     Camp Safety

You’re sending your kid off to summer camp – for the day, the week or maybe longer.

You’ve applied sunscreen and packed enough warm clothes.

What else can a parent do to make sure their summer is filled with happy memories?

Most camps and summer recreation programs already know about the need to be proactive about safety,

both in screening staff and in setting sound policies for supervision during the course of the day or night.

Don't be shy about asking questions. Successful program administrators understand

that knowing the lay of the land is just “good parenting.” Find out how you can work with

them to boost their program's reputation for keeping kids safe.

If safety isn't high on their priority list, make new plans.



Check out camp policies


Ask about the program's staff training curriculum.

See how much time is specifically devoted to education and prevention of sexual abuse.


~What's the policy about campers being left alone without adult supervision? If unsupervised time is allowed, when?

~Are staff ever alone with kids? Under what circumstances? Why?

~How are staff trained to support one another in safe practices and to respectfully challenge fellow staffers who stray from the rules.

~What procedures are in place to report concerns and to address an accusation?

~Under what circumstance will parents be notified about an allegation?




Know the rules and expectations for behavior

Ask how the program educates kids about rules and expectations
around intimate and inappropriate behavior among campers and from staff.

 - Is there information in materials sent out before the program that clearly describes expectations?


- How are romantic relationships and inappropriate sexual advances addressed in orientation?


- Beyond orientation, how are kids encouraged to voice concerns every day?


- How does the program assure kids that their concerns will be heard and treated seriously?


- Model “good boundaries”


Before they leave home, make sure kids clearly understand the importance of

recognizing and respecting personal “boundaries”—that imaginary line that marks the

border between “you” and “me.” A boundary functions like an invisible wall that outlines

each person as a separate individual, with distinct likes and dislikes and a clear right to set limits.

Like a protective bubble, good boundaries give permission to deflect unwanted feelings, words, images, or physical contact.

When boundaries are respected at home, kids are empowered out in the world.


- Once you know the rules about things like changing clothes and intimacy among campers, discuss the expectations openly with your children. Clear expectations make it easier for everyone to identify and to talk about violations of that invisible line.


- Remind kids that "no" means "no." Then they’ll have solid grounds for resisting peer pressure—protecting them both from being victimized and from being drawn into victimizing another child.


- Respect should play a big part in every family's summer activities, whether kids are at camp, at the beach or in the back yard.



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Bucket Safety:

Five-gallon buckets of water pose a threat to babies and toddlers who may topple into

them while playing and be unable to free themselves. Empty and store all buckets out of children’s reach.




Lake and river safety:

If you are having a picnic in a park or camping near a river, find out where the bodies of water

are so you know where to look FIRST if a child goes missing.

Swimming across a lake or river is not like swimming in a pool, and it’s easy to misjudge the water.

Teach children that it is unsafe to dive head-first into the water

because it may be too shallow, and to stay out of murky or fast-moving water – there

may be hidden dangers in the water that can’t be seen by standing on the shore.

Children should always wear life vests when swimming in lakes and rivers.




Garden pond safety:

Children are naturally curious, and find water, fish and frogs irresistible.

The plants that often surround garden ponds may also make it difficult to see a submerged child,

increasing the danger. If you have young children, consider filling in the garden pond until they are older.

Install a rigid screen across the pond to create a secure cover. The screen must be

strong enough to support the weight of a child and must remain above the surface of

the water at all times. If the screen is below the surface of the water, a child could still

fall face-down into the pond and drown. Fence in the pond area and install a

selfclosing gate with a childproof lock. Supervise children at all times when they

are outside. It only takes a minute for a child to wander away and head straight for the pond in a neighbor’s yard.


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5 things to know about

girls in STEM fields


March 2014


1. To combat grim statistics which indicate that women only
make up 24% of jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields,
more and more opportunities are popping up for girls in these areas than ever before.

2. Some toy companies, like Goldie Blox and Roominate, are steering away
from gender-based marketing and selling building
toys designed to stimulate innovation and creativity.

3. Historic organizations, such as the YWCA and Girl Scouts of America, which offers over 30 badges for
STEM-related activities, are actively encouraging girls’ interest in STEM fields.

4. Camps like Girlstart and Camp Reach make STEM learning fun by giving girls creative,
hands-on experience with scientific experiments and engineering concepts.

5. Check out the NSTeens video Attitude Overdrive to meet Becks, the ultimate gamer girl.
Video games are a great way to introduce more girls to STEM.



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Baby pool safety:

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of securitybecause of the shallowness of baby pools.

Small children could drown in as little as twoinches of water and should always be kept

within arm’s reach when they are in a baby pool.Empty the baby pool immediately after use

and store it upside-down.



Bathroom safety:

Never leave a young child alone in a bathtub

or allow a sibling watch a younger child. If you

need to leave the bathroom, take your child with you.

Infant bathtubs and bathtub seats are bathing aids, not safety devices.

Keep the toilet lid down and use a toilet seat lock to keep children from opening the lid.

Put a latch on the bathroom door to keep children out of the bathroom when



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House Bill 5990: Amendments to the Children’s Advocacy Center Act

HB 5990 updates the Children’s Advocacy Center Act to accurately reflect how Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Illinois operate and should be created today. This bill benefits ChicagoCAC by helping solidify its role in responding to abuse, and the role of all child advocacy centers throughout the state. The bill is currently waiting its third reading on the senate floor.

Show your support for HB5990

Help show your support for CACs by thanking the senate co-sponsors of HB5990. Click the button below to email them our customizable template email.




Take Action


If you have questions or would like more information, contact Trevor Peterson:

or 312-492-3728



 USCCB - Faith and Safety


There is a new website from USCCB for helping keep

children and families safe online:

The website is a partnership

with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and it is designed

to be a place where families  learn to see technology through the eyes of

faith and stay safe online. The site offers guidance

how to use the Internet, cell phones and video games safely, as well as protecting children’s privacy.

We encourage you to:

* Share the site with your networks

* Identify areas of the site that you believe could be expanded.


The site is less than a year old and the developers welcome input.

You can send comments to Dominic Perri,

consultant to the USCCB Communications Department, at



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