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    • In my reading of WWII materials/research, I recall that studies were done to determine WHY so many fighter pilots died after successfully getting out of their planes and safely into the English Channel. Heat loss-through the back of the neck and base of the skull. Life preservers were redesigned to elevate the neck and skull from the cold waters of the English Channel. Huge life-saving improvement. So, yes, cool one's neck and entire head if can be done. Soak your hat-let it evaporate. Evaporation is what cools.  High humidity limits evaporation, and limits cooling.  Breeze/air movement increases evaporation.  
    • I suppose this reminder may be needed, though if we Are Prepared, it shoul fnot be.  As the medic said each day at meal assemblies; "Drink water; Don't Puke!"  Do remember that pop of any kind is not good for hydration.   Also, encourage neck cooling wraps and be sure hats are worn.  Heat stroke is often the result of an uncovered hear, and your brain frying.  Of course chap stick and sun blocks of some kind, along with wicking shirt with long sleeves in many cases.  Sun glasses are good, though they easily get lost, even with adults.  Insect barriers can be useful.  Some people have laughed, but when I went to camp I always took garlic pills morning and night and kept dryer sheets in the top of my hat and in pockets of shirts.  It helped dramatically.  Some staff copied me and told me it helped them as well.        
    • I think better relief is a wet, cotton t-shirt. Or a wet bandana wrapped around your head or neck. We got some fantastic neck wrap things at a volunteer thing. They weren't cotton but they were wonderful. I guess this only works if the humidity is low but that's where I live.
    • Back in the day,  I earned Red Cross Swimmer, Junior Lifeguard, and Senior Lifeguard certification. These courses were taught mornings at my town pool by volunteer Red Cross Aquatic Instructors. As I recall, the total cost was $10 or $20 to cover book and card. The courses filled quickly and were physically demanding in endurance and stroke execution. My Red Cross instructor was also a Swimming and Lifeguard MBC - so WINNING. The following two summers, I would work as a lifeguard at the same town pool and help teach those courses. I never registered for BSA Lifeguard at our local camp, perhaps if I had been a waterfront CIT? I will say, it is easier to find a submerged ten pound weight in a town pool than a "cedar-water" lake in Jersey. Today, it appears this level Red Cross training and certification is outsourced to $$$ for-profit schools. Unsure but I think the Y is cheaper, at least for members.  I fume when I hear of the expense to teach basic life-saving skils: first aid, CPR, swimming,... That said, Scout Salute to Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation which donated $20,000 to Camp Roosevelt "to make improvements and allow their lifeguard staff to get crucial training. The waterfront program teaches kids water safety and fun through swimming, boating, and paddleboarding. Camp organizers say with the help of donations kids get to learn skills and experience nature at a more affordable cost." Source: https://www.wabi.tv/2024/07/13/maine-foundation-makes-donation-helps-boy-scouts-make-splash-camp-roosevelt/
    • This seems like an untapped idea. We can all think of orgs who could share camps: Y, school outdoor ed, Campfire, churches, even the Girl Scouts. It is crazy that all of these orgs struggle to have, maintain, and use their camps. If we shared it could just work. I don’t know. 
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