Hi, parents! We’ve got awesome news for you. We’re opening for a short period this July to August!
We’re more than happy to welcome your kids again in the Vineyard, so if you have some questions or want to enroll your children, call us today or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But before we all get together for some fun and learning, we’d like to touch on a few basic things. One of these is how we can help keep ourselves, especially our kids, safe in this pandemic.
By now, you already know some of the guidelines, but allow us to expound on them a bit:
- Wear Masks Whenever You’re Out
The CDC urges everyone to wear masks in public for a good reason. Studies showed that the coronavirus could spread through respiratory droplets. People can release them when they are coughing, sneezing, talking, and even singing!
Wearing masks can help significantly decrease the risk of transmission and infection. In fact, they’re so effective that they can help prevent a second wave!
Now, you may be wondering, “What masks should I wear? How about the kids?” You will come across many types, such as surgical, N95, and cloth or fabric.
Right now, the CDC says that it’s okay to wear fabric or cloth masks, even homemade ones. This way, you can set aside N95 and surgical masks to those who are more exposed to the virus, such as healthcare workers.
For your kids, you can already find sizes that are best for them online and offline. What’s more important is that these masks are an excellent fit. They should leave no gap around the sides of the mouth, the chin, and the nose.
- Practice Social Distancing
Also known as physical distancing, social distancing means being at least six feet away from each other. That’s about two arms’ length far. It also implies that you avoid a tightly packed crowd or a gathering attended by droves of people.
In our Vineyard camp, we have a massive space for the children to roam around, have fun, and maintain a reasonable distance from one another. We also limit the number of kids who can join the camp. For this reason, we highly encourage you to enroll them today before the slots run out.
- Improve Ventilation
While it’s unclear whether the virus can live or die on hot surfaces, it is less likely to spread in a well-ventilated area.
You see, air-conditioned units and enclosed spaces will allow air to circulate. In this pandemic, AC systems can potentially suck in contaminated air and distribute it in other areas. Enclosed spaces also let the virus to settle near you.
Experts suggest improving your ventilation system, letting air flow more often as freely as possible. At the Vineyard Camp, children spend more time outdoors.
- Exercise the Body
Exercise is a fantastic immune booster! Walking, for example, can increase white blood cells. These are your body’s soldiers against threats, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Working out may not prevent the disease, but it will give your body the best fighting chance.
Rigid exercises can be boring, though, especially for the children. For this reason, the Vineyard Camp offers a variety of activities that they’ll surely enjoy, they wouldn’t know they’re exercising at all!
Even better, activities such as skeet shooting, horseback riding, and even fishing promote more natural physical movements. They can exercise many body parts at one time.
Morning activities can also allow them to soak up the sunshine and help the body produce vitamin D. Known as the sunshine vitamin, it may strengthen the immune system and reduce the effects and risks of respiratory tract infections. It also improves the absorption of calcium, so your kids can have stronger bones growing up!
- Sleep Long and Well
Do you know that people who are sleep deprived tend to catch the flu and colds more quickly than those who are always well-rested? Science is still investigating the close relationship between snoozing and better health, but it could also be because of the following:
- Sleep reduces stress, which increases the production of cortisol. It is a hormone that may lead to chronic inflammation when left uncontrolled. Low-grade inflammation, meanwhile, can trigger the immune system to go haywire.
- Sleep allows the body to heal and recover. Consider it as your body’s detox time.
In our camp, we follow strict sleeping schedules to ensure that the kids will have at least 7 hours of sleep each night. We also discourage them from using their mobile devices, which can disturb their snoozing.
No doubt, these are strange and uncertain times. Know, though, that you are not alone. We can help keep your kids happy and healthy. This way, you can take a breather too.