Summer Camp Celebrations: Try this Instead

Posted by: Lauren Marciszyn

Do you have campers or camp staff celebrating a birthday this season? Planning to host an end of summer party? Try these quick fixes for turning high-sugar, low-activity rituals into fresh ideas and healthy fun!

watermelon cake
The Sioux YMCA celebrated the YMCA’s 170th Birthday with this watermelon cake in June 2014. 
1. Serve a Watermelon Cake
Kids are sweet enough without added sugar. Redefine dessert by showing off fruits and veggies in a fun way! Slice up a thirst-quenching, naturally-sweet melon and invite campers to dig in. Watch these instructions to get started.

2. Jump in!

Kids who burn more, learn more. Rather than celebrating with a movie (passive connection), choose a pool party (active connection) for kids to interact and be stimulated. They will also sleep better after physical activity.

 3. Invite the Family

Provide opportunities for families to bond and strengthen their social-emotional and cognitive development. This may work best at the end of the camp day or during pick up. Involving camp staff in play is also a good way to stimulate interpersonal skills and connection.

summer camp celebrations graphic

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