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The Ultimate Lunch Brown Bags Don't Have to be Boring We may still call them brown bag lunches, but lunchboxes can now come with built in food safety features such as room for a frozen gel pack, thermos, and pockets for utensils, napkins, condiments and more. Investing in an all purpose lunch tote will ensure you can pack meals that your child will actually eat, with the added bonus of not having to worry about spoilage. Some tips to help you create and pack lunches: • Have your child help with the lunch planning and grocery shopping list. He’s more likely to eat what you pack if he has a say in the menu. • Pack small amounts of several items, rather than one large sandwich with one piece of fruit. • Since time for lunch is often limited, make sure the food is packed in easy-to-open containers and are easy for your child to consume without special tools or utensils. Peel fruit at home and pack the ready to eat sections. • To keep things interesting, consider making small sandwiches with rice cakes, small bagels, crackers, focaccia, pita or raisin bread, mini muffins or tortillas. • Many children have an intense sense of taste, which is why they prefer to eat one food at a time. If that’s the case for your child, pack each of the ingredients of his meal in separate baggies or containers and let him combine or eat items as he wants. • If your child wants to eat the same lunch every day, let her. She will be better off eating the same nutritious meal daily than skipping or trading her lunch. • On the other hand, if your child is an adventurous eater, try packing bean or fruit dips with baked chips. Veggies with hummus or salsa are also easy to pack and have more vitamins and fiber than traditional brown bag fare.

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FRIENDS, FUN & SUMMER SUN The busy days will y by at Y Summer Day Camp where kids participate in imaginative activities that nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies. Your child will enjoy fun summer activities like sports, swimming and arts and crafts as they learn the importance of healthy choices and staying active. The Y has day camp options throughout Jefferson, Bullitt and Oldham County, as well as overnight camp adventures at Camp Piomingo. Visit us online to learn more. Options available for kids ages 3 to 16. Register at YMCALOUISVILLE.ORG or call 502.587.9622 today! For Southern Indiana, visit At the Y, we make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Ask us about our affordable membership and program rates.



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Choosing a Summer Camp How to Pick a Sleep-Away Camp There are more than 8,000 accredited sleepover camps in the U.S. The length of stay varies from one to seven weeks and the costs range from $500 and up for one week to well over $10,000 for the summer. Many camps offer scholarships, or price breaks for more than one child. Non-profit camps tend to be less expensive than private camps. • •

Specialty camps generally focus on a sport, or a specific educational topic, or performing or creative arts, or adventure and travel. General camps offer some of these things, with the emphasis on introducing the child to a variety of interests. Check to see whether the camps you are considering are accredited. The American Camp Association ( is the largest of these groups. If the camp is not accredited, ask why. It could be relatively new, or too small. There could be an evaluation process they use, other than accreditation, but they should be able to explain the difference. One indication of the stability of a camp is the percentage of counselors and staff who return from one year to the next, as well as the return rate of campers. Most camps see 40 percent to 60 percent of their staff return. If at least 50 percent of the campers return, that’s a good sign that the kids had a rewarding experience. Besides the type of program offered, parents should ask about the camp’s philosophy. Does it match what you and your child want? If it is associated with a celebrity (sports, artist, entertainer, etc.), how often is that person actually available and interacting with campers? Ask about the camp’s primary emphasis and if it has a mission statement.

Some other considerations for sleepover camps: • • • • •

Size – Camps range from 100 to 750 campers. In a large camp, make sure they break in to small groups to give your child a good camping experience. Medical staff – There are no federal laws about how camps handle health and safety matters. State law may or may not require a nurse and/or licensed doctor on site. Structure – Ask how much time is devoted to required activities. Are there electives for your child to choose from? Is there individual instruction? Physical amenities – Are the facilities well maintained? What are the sleeping arrangements? What about dining and bathroom facilities? An online search of camp accreditation groups will provide even more information to help with your choice of camps. All agencies agree you should references of former campers. Talk to the parents and to children in your child’s age range. If these pan out, odds are good that your child will also be a happy camper.

For information on Day Camps turn to page 5

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Get more comfortable with the outdoors while creating life-long friendships. Fish, canoe, identify wildlife and go swimming in a lake!

For an application and more details, visit or call 1-800-858-1549.

High School Advanced Painting Classes with Dennis Whitehouse

Elementary School Wearable Arts with Annette Cable

Dates: July 16-20, 2012 9 AM-12 PM

Dates: June 18-22, 2012 9 AM-12 PM



Louisville Visual Art Association

Louisville Visual Art Association

Middle School Ceramics Classes with Donna Burden Dates: July 23-30, 2012 9AM-12PM Location: Providence High School

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Choosing a Summer Camp Picking a Day Camp If the best fit for you and your child is a summer day camp, there are plentiful choices. The U.S. has more than 14,000 registered day camps, with close to 50 in the Greater Louisville area. Tips: • • • • • • • • •

Kids know best – talk to your child about what they want to learn, be involved in, spend time doing. This will narrow the search. Tour prospective camps – check out the facilities, staff, and scheduling. Staff ratio – general guidelines are, for children 6-8 years old: 1 staffer per 8 children; for children 9-14 years old: 1 staffer per 10 children; for children 15-18 years old, 1 staffer per 12 children. Field trips – Will the camp be transporting the kids off site? If so, how? (by bus, by staffers vehicles, by volunteer parents?) Fees – After the initial cost, are there any special fees for extra activities? Lunch and snacks – Are these covered by the registration fee? Are they provided at the facility? Do you need to pack a lunch and/or snack or provide lunch money? Days – Is there a set period covered or can you sign up for three or four days a week and pay less? Do you have to register for the entire summer, or can you opt for a week at a time? Emergency, health, and safety procedures – Make sure you understand the camp’s policies. Ask for a written procedure on these issues. Location – Consider the travel time to and from the camp daily. Can you make the daily trip? Can you carpool? Will the trip create a time crunch that stresses you or your child? If so, consider something closer to home.

Keep in mind why you are sending your child to summer day camp. If a particular camp fits some of your criteria, but doesn’t meet the needs or expectations of your child, you need to keep looking.

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4-H CAMP 2012

Join us for 5 fun-filled days at beautiful Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp! Campers make new friends, learn life skills and have a blast! For ages 9-13 Fee: $195.00 Camp dates: June 11-15; & July 23-27

For more information call: 569-2344 Visit our website at:



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Play Time Playdate Protocol If children are to have a fun playdate, the parents must do their homework. • • • • • • • • • •

Talk to the other parent beforehand about issues such as health (allergies), style of discipline (time-outs), safety (guns or knives locked up and inaccessible), or specific house rules. If either parent is uncomfortable with the initial info exchange, but the children like each other, arrange to have the playdate outside the home – in a park, playground, museum, etc. Set the time length for the playdate in advance, and be on time for delivery and pick-up. Two hours is good for a first playdate. Make sure each parent has the necessary contact information for the other. Write it down and trade with the other parent during drop off. Decide in advance if the playdate includes a meal or snack. If your child is a picky eater, offer to provide the snack (be sure to take enough for everyone). Let the children choose their activity. If they are shy or hesitant, make one or two suggestions, or bring out one or two toys. Some children are overwhelmed by too many options. If you plan to have an activity, let the other parent know in advance so the visiting child can be dressed appropriately (playing outside in a sand box or wading pool). About 15 minutes before pick-up time, have the children clean up and put away toys. It demonstrates responsibility and respect for others, and does not leave your child with all the work. If you are picking up, ask your child if she helped with clean up, and if she did not, have her offer to help. Leave it up to the host parent to accept or decline the offer. At pick-up, thank the other parent for their time and hospitality. If your child had a good time, call and arrange to be the host parent next time.

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June 18-22, June 25-29 and July 16-20

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Arts Center

Summer Camps Visual Arts ~ Music ~ Dance ~ Theatre June 11 - August 10 502-241-6018 Visit our website for complete camp descripƟons and to register. 7105 Floydsburg Road, Crestwood, KY



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Camp Listings Summer Camps YMCA, March 23 - Aug. 3 Our Y summer day camps provide kids with a variety of imaginative activities that make sure they have fun while making new friends, building self-confidence and discovering the world around them. Summer camp options are available for ages 3-16. Register at or call 502-587-9622. For Southern Indiana visit

Hwang's Martial Arts, March 23 - Aug. 31 Our program is popular with the kids because it is FUN! And parents love to see their kids develop physical coordination, flexibility, self-defense skills combined with mental confidence, respect, self-discipline, and self-motivation. Visit us at,, or call any of our 4 area locations: S. Hurstbourne 502-499-7787 N. Hurstbourne 502-412-7755 Shelbyville Rd. 502-893-6000 Preston Hwy. 502-966-5222

Louiusville Visual Art Association, June 18 - July 30 We offer high school advanced painting classes, middle school ceramics classes, and elementary school wearable art classes. Classes are 9am - 12pm at the Louisville Visual Arts Association, and Providence High School. Classes available for K - 12 graders For more information visit us at, or call us at 502-896-2146.

Louisville Aviation, June 7 - July 18 At the airport, students become familiar with aircraft instruments, engine and aircraft design, use of the aeronautical map for navigation, flight planning, weather, glider competition, careers, communication, etc. Summer camps are available for ages 10-16. Email us at or call 859-353-0467.

Kentucky Humane Society, April 9 - Aug. 3 Lifelong Friends campers will gain an understanding of the impact they can have as animal ambassadors while having fun making new friends, two-legged and four-legged! Summer camps available for ages 6-12. Email us at, or call 502-515-3149.

Locust Grove, April 9 - July 26 Explore the past through crafts, hands-on activities, and demonstrations at our wood working camp, book art camp, nature camp, pioneer camp, and reenactment camp. Summer camps available for ages 6-13. Visit us at, or call 502-897-9845.

Louisville Equestrian, May 29 - Aug. 16 An affordable camp experience for children that provides safe, active, healthy and educational activities. Riders from other barns interested in attending a camp with a required minimum riding level and who are not sure of their eligibility may schedule an Evaluation Lesson before registering for camp. Summer camps available for ages 4-17, $385. Visit us at call 502-267-0881,, or email us at

JA BizTown Camp, June 18 - July 20 Junior Achievement BizTown of Kentuckiana is an indoor, academic camp that combines classroom-style teaching with hands-on activities. Kids have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in a job and run a business! Summer camps available for all Kentuckiana students, ages 9-12, $185/week. For more information call 502-561-KIDS (5437). Register and pay online at or mail full payment with registration to: Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana 1401 W. Muhammed Ali Blvd. Louisville, KY 40203

Jefferson Memorial Forest, June 4 - Aug. 3 By combining scientific study and experiments, with traditional summer camp fun, your child will have an educational adventure they will remember for a lifetime. We offer camps for ages 4 to15. To register, go to our website, or call the Welcome Center at 502-368-5404 and ask for a registration packet to be mailed to you. Sign up early, as space is limited. | Camp Guide | Summer 2012






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Camp Listings Summer Camps Girl Scouts, June - July

Louisville Nature Center, June - July

Girls of all ages can spend their summer enjoying the YEAR OF THE GIRL! Our camps offer canoeing, camping, horseback riding and much more. For more information call Camp Pennyroyal and Bear Creek Aquatic Camp at 502.636.0900, or visit us at

Camps at Louisville Nature Center offer fun games, guided hikes in the nature preserve, and exciting nature study for budding naturalists. Our camps provide lots of hands-on learning about the local wildlife and habitats found in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, a 41-acre forest and outdoor classroom. Summer camps available for ages 4-12. For more information visit louisvillenaturecenter. org or contact Judy Gardner at 502-458-1328.

Camp Earl Wallace, June - August

Camp Earl Wallace, located on Lake Cumberland, lets campers get more comfortable with the outdoors while creating life-long friendships. Fish, canoe, identify wildlife, and go swimming in a lake! Camps available to Kentucky students in grades 4, 5 and 6. Camp fee: $215 ($200 if you register at For more information call 1-800-858-1549, or visit us at

Loucon Camp, April - July

Loucon provides a fun safe environment for the area's youth, while providing an experience to help grow their relationship with God. Summer camps available for rising 2nd - 12th graders. You can reach us at LOUCON.ORG/CAMPS. PHP or call 270-242-7160.

Indiana University Southeast Summer String Clinic, July 9 - 14, A fun and intensive week-long clinic focusing on the development of talented string players through interaction with professional musicians and educators in a college environment. Summer Camps available for ages 13-18. For more information contact the IU Southeast Arts Institute at 812-941-2436 or visit

4-H Camp, June 11-15 & July 23-27

Join us for 5 fun-filled days at beautiful Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp. Campers make new friends, learn life skills and have a blast! Summer camps available for ages 9-13. For more information call 502.563.2344, or visit our website at

Sacred Heart Academy, June - July Catch the Valkyrie Spirit and come see why Sacred Heart's athletic program was ranked one of the top five in the nation! Summer camps available for girls grades 4-9. Call 502.893.9353, or go to to download a registration form.

The Oldham County Schools Arts Center, June 11 - Aug. 10 We have a truly unique arts institution that provides cultural opportunities that not only nurture its students, but also the community at large. Classes in music, theatre, visual arts and dance are offered on a quarterly basis and this year we have over 45 camps. Camp offerings include half day, weekly camps which can combine to create a full day camp experience, or choose a camp that meets once per week for the full summer quarter. Private music and voice lessons are also available. Summer camps available for students ages 3 and up. Please call the Arts Center at 502-241-6018 for more information, or visit ocsartscenter.orgg for a complete listing p g of camps and to register online.

Mercy Academy Summer Sports Camps, June - July

This summer learn from our head coaches, staff and current Mercy volleyball, basketball, field hockey, softball and soccer players. Summer camps available grades K-3. For more information about camps and athletic programs call 502-671-2010 or email our athletic director Mark Evans at | Camp Guide | Summer 2012




Family & Kids



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Is Your Child Being Bullied Warning Signs That a Child is Being Bullied • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings Reports losing items such as books, electronics, clothing, or jewelry Has unexplained injuries Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or feeling sick Trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams Changes in eating habits Hurts himself Very hungry after school from not eating lunch Runs away from home Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends Afraid of going to school or other activities with peers Loses interest in school work or begins to do poorly in school Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home Talks about suicide Feels helpless Often feels like she is not good enough Blames himself for his problems Suddenly has fewer friends Avoids certain places

Signs Your Child Might be a Bully • • • • • • • •

Becomes violent with others Gets into physical or verbal fights Sent to detention a lot Has extra money or new belongings that cannot be explained Is quick to blame others Will not accept responsibility for their actions Has friends who bully others Needs to win or be best at everything

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