Heat Day Precautions

On especially hot and/or humid days, we take extra precautions to ensure everyone at camp stays cool and healthy. Below are just a few of the things we do at camp to prevent heat exhaustion.

1 – we have two mandatory free swims: one right before lunch, and another extended free-swim at the end of the day. Including daily swim instruction, all kids are required to get into the pool 3 times on the hottest days.

2 – counselors lead activities especially designed to keep kids cool. These activities often involve water, are in the shade, and do not include strenuous physical activity.

3 – we set aside extra time for water breaks during each activity and add extra ice to each water cooler.

4 – we have extra-large fans that we put in the Shire to circulate even more air around the kids during juice break, lunch, rest hour, and free-play. This helps to facilitate evaporative cooling.

5 – we require all kids to drink an extra cup or two of water before getting on the bus at the end of the day

6 – all of our counselors are on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion, and know to encourage and carefully monitor food and water consumption.

A camp tradition for Durham area children

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