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Jennifer Hivry June 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm

As you know, moms and kids can’t wait for the start of summer fun at camp. Hydration, sunscreen, and concussion awareness are probably on most moms’ radars regarding summer camp safety.

But a huge, important issue that cannot be overlooked is whether your child’s camp has an AED (automatic external defibrillator) and staff and campers know where it is in case of a cardiac emergency when seconds count.

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects thousands of kids every year and is the number one cause of sudden death in youth? Cardiomyopathy, a heart disease, if often the cause of SCA, and it often goes undiagnosed in healthy, active kids until a tragic event occurs.

To call attention to the importance of quickly locating an AED during a cardiac emergency, we are partnering with the American Camp Association (ACA) on a summer-long scavenger hunt to find AEDs in camps across the nation.

The scavenger hunt is fun and easy! Campers and staff search for their AED, take a selfie with the AED and then post the photo with the hashtag #mycampAED, including the camp name, state and AED location, on social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

If an AED is available and used immediately after a cardiac event, many young lives could be saved. We would love it if you could post our AED scavenger hunt on your blog!

Please let me know if you would like me to forward you the scavenger hunt graphic. For more information on cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in kids, visit childrenscardiomyopathy.org.
Thank You!

SKHC Editor June 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you for the great post about the scavenger hunt. What a great idea to help call attention to the importance of being able to quickly locate an AED during a cardiac emergency. If you forward the scavenger hunt graphic we’d be happy to post it on our blog.

Sincerely,
School Kids Healthcare

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