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I am looking for a sun hat for a 12 year old that doesn't really want one. They are look "Stupid" but she needs one. Last year her neck and ears got burnt at summer camp.<br><br>
I am trying to find something cool and funky! She likes styles you would see in hot topic but also funky. Nothing pink or frilly. Must be packable.<br><br>
Any ideas?
 

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12 years old? If she doesn't want to wear a sun hat (and specifically thinks they are dorky), she's probably not going to wear one—even a really, really cool one. ...Or she might conveniently lose it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
And to be honest, I don't know if I'd buy a sunhat for a kid (past the baby/toddler age) unless he/she really, really wanted one badly. Hats are soooo easily lost, and sunhats aren't usually cheap (compared to winter knit hats).<br><br>
A baseball hat might be okay (if she likes them). That's what I wore when I went to a summer camp as a kid, and it worked well as sun protection. But once again, I wouldn't be fighting my kid to wear it if she was old enough to complain about it.<br><br>
If nothing else works, perhaps you can get her some sunscreen? There's a lot of different types of sunscreen these days and it's not all in lotion or oil forms. You can get it in sprays or sticks (like a large lipstick). I carry a hypoallergenic stick in my purse to cover my tattoo when it's out. It's also useful for ears and faces. There's even hairsprays and gels that carry sunblocks for those of us with fine or thinner hair so our scalps are protected.
 

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I'm also thinking that if she really doesn't want to wear one, then she will probably just not wear it.
 

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If she's anything like I was at 12, she's not going to wear the hat when she's out of your sight. I would just get plenty of sunscreen for her, she will probably wear it if she remember getting burnt last year!
 

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True story:<br><br>
My parents sent me to sleep away camp when I was about 12 or 13. I was (and still am) very pale and I burn easily. I was sent with a hat, but I thought it looked dorky, so I only wore it sporadically. My mom also sent me with sunscreen, which I did wear, just not on my neck, ears or part. I decided for some reason not to wear it when we went canoeing on a river with the sun overhead. I was on the water for probaby 2 hours.<br><br>
The next day, I had been so burned that my head hurt when I brushed my hair (or even just showered!) and my ears blistered! I had no idea what was happening as I hadn't burned so badly before. My arms/legs/back were peeling. I thought my ears were liquifying and I would be horribly disfigured.<br><br>
Lesson learned.
 

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Even if you do find a hat, send some kind of really easy to use sunscreen as a backup. I know at 12, there is no way I would've worn a sun hat at camp.
 

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it sounds like she has a specific sense of style, so give her a budget and tell her to go online (or to the galleria for an afternoon with a girlfriend?) and find one that she would actually wear.<br><br>
eta: specify to her that it needs to have a little brim to protect the tops of her ears and the back of her neck.
 

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Would she wear some kind of bucket hat? It may not have an spf rating, but it's better than nothing and sometimes you see them in funky prints or with skulls or whatever.
 

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Yeah... the hats my mom made me wear in winter time (we had it cold <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ), would come off as soon as I was out of her sight. And it WAS super cold. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
You can try to walk around the mall with her and let her choose one, but if she doesn't want a hat, your money will be wasted.
 

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Encourage her to wear sunscreen constantly. But really, she's not going to wear the hat. No way, no how. At 12 I used to take off my snow pants and hide them in the bushes. NO ONE wore snow pants to school when I was 12.
 

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Yep - i'm with the folks who say she won't wear the hat.<br><br>
I have a 12 year old boy and 14 year old girl - and no way would either wear a hat at camp.<br><br>
I know we want to protect them and I do INSIST on sunscreen at the pool. But then I am with them and can easily demand they reapply when adult swim occurs.<br><br>
At camp - I would just cross my fingers and hope for the best...
 

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I bought my 11yo dd a visor for camp....she's willing to wear it and thinks it's cool. That doesn't cover the ears or neck though. Luckily the counselor ensure they use sunscreen!
 

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I agree with everyone who said that she isn't going to wear a hat if she doesn't want to and you should definitely send her with sunscreen if she burns easily. That said, would she wear any of these?<br><br><a href="http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/Accessories/Hats/Black-And-White-Houndstooth-Fedora-126469.jsp" target="_blank">Houndstooth Fedora</a><br><a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/44656658/punk-black-kitty-plaid-fedora?ref=sr_list_20&ga_search_query=punk&ga_search_type=&ga_page=6&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title" target="_blank">Kitty Fedora</a><br><a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/23558844/gothic-cycling-cap-in-black-leather?ref=sr_gallery_9&ga_search_query=punk&ga_search_type=&ga_page=14&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title" target="_blank">Black Leather w/ Skull</a><br><a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/25423407/organic-dk-green-cloth-pleated-cap?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=punk&ga_search_type=&ga_page=17&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title" target="_blank">Cloth Pleated Cap</a><br><a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/26638775/black-army-style-cap-w-hart-threads?ref=sr_gallery_9&ga_search_query=punk&ga_search_type=&ga_page=19&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title" target="_blank">Black Army Style Cap w/ Hart Threads Character</a>
 

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I agree with the others that she will probably not wear a hat as soon as she is out of your sight. No way would I wear anything I did not think was cool when I was 12.<br><br>
I would buy her sunscreen and make sure she knows how to use it properly.<br><br>
My only suggestion about the hat is to try and have her find one she likes. I am not up on stores that 12 yr old girls would like but I would think she could find something.
 

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I agree with others, I would take her to the mall and specify that she must find some kind of hat that she would wear, and maybe even some extra nice sunscreen for her. When I was her age, that would have worked a lot better than my mom picking stuff out for me that I hid, lost or refused to wear. :)
 

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If this is like any other camping trip I have sent her on with stuff she didn't want, she ended up thanking me for making her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I know my dd. If this was day in and day out wear, I wouldn't push it. But it is for 2 weeks at summer camp, and I want her to have it as an option. Especially canoeing - like other posted stated.<br><br>
Of course there will be sun block but I haven't manage to teach her to put it on her ears or neck --- even after telling her a million times and her suffering a million burns.<br><br>
If she gets severely burned (which she can easily) her summer is done. She will get sent home and then cannot do swim team either.
 

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Does the camp have any kind of little gift shop that sells hats? Sometimes things that were too dorky to take to camp become magically cooler when you buy them at camp instead, as I recall.
 

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What about getting her a plain one and some fabric paints and appliques that she can use to decorate it and make it her own?
 

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I'm with the "teach her how to use sunscreen" group.<br><br>
I do that with mine. We only use it on special occasions, like for swimming or park days. But they know how to put it on. I always cover ears, neck, and hair part line in addition to arms, legs, & face. It is easier with a spray on.<br><br>
But, a hat on hand would be a good idea, too.
 

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FWIW - I've worked at several camps & they have all had a hat rule. Most have had a hat on the head outdoors at all times. One had a hat while on the beach rule only.
 
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