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3 Senior Week suggestions that are way less bonkers than they sound

Over the next month or so, dozens if not hundreds of recent graduates will be in Ocean City celebrating and blowing off steam before reckoning the next chapter in their lives. For many, the Ocean City trip is the first opportunity to be fully responsible for themselves for an entire week. Most kids will come back with fantastic memories, and a little too much sun. A few will make dumb choices and have their summers (at the very least) ruined. We put together this list of Senior Week suggestions as much as a list of things to do as a template for designing Senior Week diversions that keep students engaged. Of course, visit our Events page for a guide to what’s going on this week or the Play it Safe page for more tip tricks and distractions for your grad. For parents, there are better ways to tilt the odds in your kid’s favor than hoping for the best or declaring an injunction against bad behavior. Help your student plan out activities that keep them engaged.

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Play a photo game

Have your student share photos of their adventures with you. It doesn’t have to be on Facebook, although making a Senior Week Facebook for the group of graduates might be worth it for them now and later. Challenge them to post three photos a day of them doing something in Ocean City. Clearly, this won’t prevent them from doing things you would rather they wouldn’t when they’re off camera, but knowing people are watching might better help them make well-thought-out decisions.

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Establish personal records

Set a biking or walking goal for the week, to see if they can bike 200 miles or get more than 70,000 steps for the week. Get a map of Jolly Rogers and see if they can ride all the rides in a single day. If so, how many times? If might seem a little goofy to read but never underestimate the value of bragging rights, especially among a group of friends.

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Rent a jet ski as a graduation present

We actually just did a story on the program at Odyssea Watersports that allows underage students to rent jet skis. It requires parental consent, which is way easier to get in advance than on the day. One of the things that came out in the story is that all groups of five are accompanied by a guide for safety. A sixth person rates an extra guard. It’s a great way to spend an hour on the water, and it can be exhausting and exhilarating. This last part is key, because if you get their adrenaline up you might burn enough of the chance taking under professional adult supervision.

Tony Russo
Tony Russohttp://Ossurynot.com
Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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  1. Great article! Might be nice to include how to buy your son or daughter a bus pass on their phone; include a photo scavenger hunt with some items being time sensitive…like a selfie with the sunrise or sunset; video of the lifeguards starting the day, etc. This kind of family interaction would help throughout the summer during family vacations, too! One of the things I have loved most about Ocean City these past 40+ years is that is truly a community for all ages! Thanks for helping us keep our kids safe!

    • Thanks! Funny you mention the scavenger hunt. We’re putting one together but it isn’t ready yet, it is going to be a lot like you said, we might even offer prizes or the like, so stay tuned. The bus pass suggestion is a stroke of genius.


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