In 2002, Dane and I had the opportunity to live and work in Australia for 4 months. Needless to say it was a fantastic journey. If you ever have the chance to head “Down Under”, I’d highly recommended it. The people are fantastic, the sites are incredible, and the wildlife is remarkable. I’ll never forget the evening migration of Fruit Bats over the Brisbane River.
But as you know, Australia is also known for it’s dangers (snakes, spiders, crocodiles, jellyfish etc…) When we arrived, I some how suspected to see warning signs and commercials about dangerous critters flooding the media, but with the exception of a strange jellyfish warning sign on the beaches of Queensland, I didn’t see much.
What we did hear about, on a daily basis, were warnings about the dangers of sun exposure. In fact, in Australia, the lifetime risk of developing melanoma is 1 in every 29.2 people. As a result of these staggering statistics the Cancer Council of Australia launched their very successful Slip, Slop, Slap skin health campaign. Ads featured the program’s mascot, Sid the Seagull who encouraged people to “Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat” when going out in the sun to reduce the risks of skin cancer. And the most remarkable thing? It worked!
As a Camp Director, the health and safety of campers and staff is absolutely my first priority. Here at Everwood Day Camp, we are committed to sun protection, not only through the regular application of sun screen throughout the day, but through cool partnerships with companies like GrUVywear in California. GrUVywear is exclusively dedicated to developing cool UV protective wear for children and adults and they are offering a variety of special offers for Everwood Day Camp families. Just click the image below for more information!