Learn the best tips on how to protect your child from sun damaging rays this summer with the Girl Scout’s Sun Safety patch program! This program is available to Girl Scout troops and offered at many of our Girl Scout summer camps.
Did you know?
Melanoma, one of the most deadly of all skin cancers, is increasing faster than any other group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980. It is the most common form of cancer for young adults (25-29 years old) and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults (15-29 years old). However, if caught early, melanoma can be effectively treated.
The Girl Scout Sun Safety patch program uses fun activities to educate girls about the unseen, but dangerous, ultraviolet rays from the sun. At Girl Scout camps, girls learn how to protect themselves from the sun. Using special UV-sensitive beads and nail polish, girls make bracelets and manicures that turn colors when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays! Girls receive a Sun Safety patch (which also changes colors when exposed to ultraviolet rays), when they complete the program!
The Girl Scout Sun Safety patch program offers the following tips:
- Encourage your children to play in the shade and avoid outdoor activities when the sun’s rays are the strongest (10:00 am – 4:00pm).
- Always wear sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
- Reapply sunscreen frequently over all exposed skin, especially after swimming, perspiring, or drying off with a towel.
- Wear a hat with a 4 inch brim to protect areas often exposed to the sun such as the neck, ears, eyes, nose and scalp.
- Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible and sun glasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
- Medication like antibiotics can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Talk to your doctor about any medication your child takes and additional precautions they should take when outdoors.
(Source: American Cancer Society)
The Sun Safety patch program was made possible by a generous donation from Purple Promise Foundation, to end melanoma.