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High Heat Policy

The following guidelines will inform our activities/determine if we will cancel camps on High Heat (91°-103°) and Extreme Heat (over 103°) days. These policies will be amended as needed. (Updated 7-8-21)

Camp Activities on High Heat Days (91°-103°)

On High Heat days, staff and volunteers will:

  • Ensure that all campers have regular access to water and encourage frequent drinks.
  • Limit or eliminate high energy running activities and long hikes.
  • Have campers minimize time in full sun and take frequent rest breaks in shaded areas.
  • Engage campers in cooling water play on site or take them to wade in the canal/river.
  • Facilitate frequent breaks from face-coverings for anyone who is wearing them.

Camp Activities on Extreme Heat days (103° and over)

The same guidance that is used on High Heat days will apply. In addition:

  • We may cancel all or part of the day’s camps if the forecast calls for temperatures to rise over 103°. Decisions for morning, afternoon, and full-day camps will be made in the morning and parents/guardians will be alerted via email by 7:30 am if their child’s camp has been cancelled or if end-of camp times have been adjusted. You will not hear from us if camps are running as normal.
  • We will cancel all camps if the forecast calls for temperatures to rise over 110°. Parents/guardians will be alerted via email by 7:30 am if their child’s camp has been cancelled.

Prevention and Treatment of Heat-Related Illnesses

  • All staff and volunteers will be knowledgeable about and watch carefully for any signs of heat-related illness and will address any issues that arise promptly and appropriately.
  • Posters that remind staff, volunteers, and students about signs to look for and what to do when someone experiences a heat-related illness will available on site.

How Parents/Guardians Can Help When the Weather Heats Up

  • Dress your child in lightweight, breathable clothing and a sunhat.
  • Make sure to send a full water bottle. Refills are available on site.
  • Send your child to camp with a change of clothes and shoes that are okay to get wet so that spontaneous water play can happen.
  • Apply sunscreen before camp. Send extra in case campers engage in water play and reapplication is necessary.