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Water Safety


Most drownings result from inadequate supervision when a caregiver becomes distracted by a phone, doorbell or other children.
Young children drown quickly and silently in as little as one inch of water. For every child who drowns, five more need emergency medical care for injuries that can result in life changing brain damage.
Childhood drownings occur in backyard swimming pools, bathtubs, baby pools, decorative garden ponds, lakes and rivers, ditches and even buckets. The good news is that drowning tragedies can be prevented by constantly supervising children at all times when they are near water.
Swimming pool safety
  • Appoint an adult who can swim to watch children while they are in the pool. The supervising adult should not read, talk on the phone, leave or turn her back on the pool area, or do any other distracting activity while watching the children.
  • Don’t consider your children to be ‘drown-proof’ because they’ve had swimming lessons.
  • Keep ladders, patio furniture and toys away from above-ground pools.
  • Fence in your pool completely and install a self-closing, self-latching gate. Pool safety covers and alarms provide added protection.
  • Personal flotation devices do not replace adult supervision. They could deflate or slip from underneath a child, leaving him in a dangerous situation.
  • Keep pool water clear and remove floats and toys when the pool is not in use. Cloudy water and items floating in the water may prevent a child from being seen.
  • Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers near all pools.
Baby pool safety
  • Always keep children within arm’s reach when they are in a baby pool.
  • Empty the baby pool immediately after use and store it upside-down.
  • Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because of the shallowness of baby pools.
Bathroom safety
  • 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.
  • 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 unsupervised.
Lake and river safety
  • Children should always wear life vests when swimming in lakes and rivers.
  • Swimming across a lake or river is not like swimming in a pool. Teach older 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.
Bucket safety
  • Five-gallon buckets of water pose a threat to babies and toddlers who may topple into buckets while playing and are unable to free themselves because they lack coordination and upper-body strength.
  • Empty and store all buckets out of children’s reach.
Ice safety
  • During winter months, be aware of frozen ponds and lakes where ice could be thin. Do not walk or sled on these areas.
Garden pond safety
If you have young children and a garden pond, consider:
• Filling in the garden pond until they are older;
• Installing a rigid screen across the pond to create a secure cover; and
• Fencing in the pond area and installing a self-closing gate with a childproof lock.
For more information, read the DCFS Get Waterwise…SUPERVISE! fact sheet in English, en español or en français, download the poster in English and en español and share the coloring book with your children. You may also print out and share the NEW poster and listen to the Public Service Announcement.






"Teaching Children to Avoid "Stranger Danger"


As our preschoolers grow more independent, we still need to supervise them closely, but most of us also want to teach our children about dealing with strangers. Alerting children to “stranger danger” can both help them to be safe and reduce parents’ anxiety. How can we teach children to be wary of strangers but not to be overly fearful?

Tell her more than just “Don’t talk to strangers.” Teach which strangers are safe.


She may not understand that strangers look like the people she sees every day. She may also wonder why it’s all right to talk to a new teacher or neighbor—people who are strangers at first—and not to others. Police officers, firefighters, teachers, store clerks, or librarians are examples of safe strangers.


Explain simple rules for staying safe



Try practicing or role-playing situations involving the use of these rules with your child.


  • “It’s okay to talk to someone if I’m with you or when I tell you it’s all right.”
  • “Grown-ups who need help should ask other grown-ups, not children, for help. This includes carrying a package or finding a place or a lost puppy.”
  • “Stay where you can see me or another grown-up with you in public places, such as stores or parks.”
  • “If you’re not close to us, stay an arm’s length or more from someone you don’t know. Back up or run for help if an unfamiliar grown-up gets too close. Scream and kick if a stranger grabs you.”
  • “If you get lost, find a police officer, security person, or store clerk. If separated from me or the grown-up you’re with in a public place, such as at a store or shopping mall, stay in that spot until someone finds you.”
  • “Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.”
  • “Never take anything from a stranger.”
  • “Listen to your feelings. If you’re scared, get away and look for someone to help you.”


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Saint Mary’s Summer Camps

Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame 46556
(574) 284-4778



Since 1974, Saint Mary's College has offered camps for girls in the safe and protective environment of the Since 1974, Saint Mary's College has offered camps for girls in the safe and protective environment of the College's historic campus. Summer camps help young women build self-esteem, master new skills, make new friends, and experience the excitement of a college atmosphere.

Explore your interests. Make new friends. Live in residence halls under the care and protection of counselors, instructors, and professional staff members. Instruction is provided by Saint Mary's faculty, staff, and area educators who are chosen for their expertise in the classroom and on the playing field.

We offer:

Fine Arts Camp
(girls entering grades 5-9)
July 12-17
July 19-24
July 26-31

Embark on a journey of self-discovery through creativity. Campers explore five disciplines: art, dance, theatre, music, and creative writing.

  • Athletics Camp
    (girls entering grades 5-10)
    July 12-16 (Tennis & Volleyball I - Beginner to Intermediate)
    July 19-23 ((Tennis & Volleyball II - Intermediate to Advanced)

  • Get in the game! Play the sport you love or explore a new one. Experienced instructors, varsity coaches, and college athletes provide guidance according to individual need.

    Summer Academy
    (girls entering grades 8-12)
    July 12-17 Digital Photography
    July 19-24 Forensic Science
    July 26-31 Courtroom 101

  • Curiosity drives discovery at Saint Mary's Summer Academy. This residential camp is designed to introduce campers to the academic experience and thrill of college life. Join other motivated students who are interested in academic and cultural pursuits within a specific field of study.


  • Don’t miss out on our NEW camps!
    • Digital Photography: Learn the fundamentals of digital photography and begin building your own portfolio on the beautiful Saint Mary’s College campus! This class will emphasize the primary camera functions, explain digital photography terms, and essential picture taking techniques.
    • Courtroom 101: Prepare your case, select the jury, cross-examine the witnesses, and sharpen your arguments! Students will explore the judicial system, learn about trial law, and prepare for a final mock trial!


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 Chicago Water Parks and Water Play


When it's hot in Chicago, there's no better place to be than splashing around at a water park or water playground! There are plenty of Chicago water parks and water playgounds to choose from, from park district water playgrounds to water amusement parks to indoor water parks that are open year round.


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