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Summer Camp Kids Deal With Brutal Heat Wave


DOVER, Del.- It’s day two of a predicted heat wave. While many people opted to battle the hot and humid temperatures from the comfort of an air-conditioned building, children at summer camps didn’t have that option.

Campers at Akridge Day Camp spent all day Tuesday outdoors. From the smiles of their faces, you would never guess there was a heat wave hitting Delmarva.

"It’s been really hot. But I don't care because I'm having really fun,” says 8-year-old Brennan Egan.

"We’re just staying hydrated,” added another 8-year-old, Ryan Wagner. “We’re drinking water here and there and we might go in the pavilion and cool off.”

Most of the camps’ activities had the campers outdoors.

"We stay outside all the times,” said council program direction, Travis McCormick. “But we do have plenty of opportunities to take some breaks, get a snack, make sure we're drinking water and hydrating all the time."

Although the kids don’t seem to mind the heat, counselors are more concerned.

"Our staff training it really goes into depth,” said McCormick. “Particularly with the heat related issues that we have pretty regularly"

Other camps like Delaware State University’s All Sports Camp had a little more flexibility. Campers were able to alternate being indoors and outdoors.

"It’s good because we try to visualize what's going to happen through the day,” said the director of the camp, Gwendolyn Harris. “We tell the coaches, if it's really hot we need to bring them in or give them more water, make sure they're hydrated."

Some kids like 11-year-old Thomas Dandridge were glad to be indoors most of the day.

"If you're outdoors and it's a heat wave so you're super hot,” said Dandridge. “You need to drink a lot more water."

But others didn’t mind it so much.

"As long as I drink a lot of water I'll be ok,” said 12-year-old Nadja Weaver.

Whether indoors or outdoors, these kids managed to make the most of this hot day.

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