Knox day camp makes changes to protect kids during heat wave

Knox day camp makes changes to protect kids during heat wave

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Eight additional coolers of water were placed around the camp ground. Eight additional coolers of water were placed around the camp ground.
Activities are in the shade. Activities are in the shade.
And of course, there's the pool. And of course, there's the pool.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The director of a Knoxville day camp had to make changes to protect kids during the heat wave.

Each week, around 275 kids attend Tate's Day Camp. This is 12-year-old Kate Partridge's sixth year to attend.

"I love all the activities. We have a ropes course and we have tree climbing, and now we have the zip line," Partridge said.

Chris Strevel is the executive director at Tate's. He's worked there for the past 23 years, and says Friday's temperatures will be like no other.

"Yesterday was one of the hottest days we've seen, and we think today will be worse than that. Last summer we had some hot days, but nothing like I think we are in for now," Strevel said.

He also says camp managers knew this heat wave was coming and have been planning accordingly.

"We've done two parent memos this week, specifically encouraging children to carry their water bottle with them. They are allowed to fill it up as often as they want," Strevel said.

The kids are also encouraged to carry sun screen and have a wet towel to put on their neck if needed.

Eight additional coolers of water were placed around the camp ground.

Plus, the campers' activity schedules have been altered, moving all non-shaded games to the morning. During the heat of the day, campers will be indoors, in the shade or playing in water.

"We'll eat lunch at the pavilion," Partridge said. "It's completely shaded and then we'll go swimming and it's a great way to cool off."

One of the most popular activities, the zip line, will run almost all day because it's in the shade.

Despite the 100 plus degree temperatures, the campers say the heat's not stopping them from having fun. "Yeah, most definitely. I've never had a day where I haven't had fun," Partridge said.

Strevel says all 80 staff members have been trained by the Red Cross to spot and treat any child who becomes over heated.

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