As the Last Chance Camp takes the helm, here are some tips to handle this year’s flooded camps
After the National Weather Service revealed this week that 33% of children enrolled in summer camp across the U.S. are using the free programs, the owners of New York’s Last Chance Camp, part of a number of other local camps, have turned out to be a pragmatic group.
Some of the sites have reported flooding as the summer storm season blows through.
Summer camps across the U.S. had to close early as hurricane season approaches
But this week, though not final, Waterwheel Summer Center in New Haven, Connecticut, reported flooding in three of its programs during the Last Chance Camp. The camp reopened, however, due to “major flooding” that caused the site to shut down for five days.
The Daily Telegraph reported that there had been flooded camps in various states across the U.S.
Are the camps safe? The summer camps are supposed to protect their kids from COVID-19, a chemical that is common in sewage treatment plants. It results from flash flooding.
But these camps said the water had been mostly frozen — which means no runoff from lawns or other external sources. The thawing of water around the camps has led to strong allergic reactions and heat stroke and temperatures in the teens, the shelters reported.
And in New York City, a local 9/11 memorial was close to its conclusion, so thousands of children are on summer vacation. (This season began Friday morning.)
According to The Daily Mail, the sum of private, municipally sponsored and city-owned camps was just $40 million.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement about Last Chance:
“The last chance camps really serve as an important reminder that parents need to be aware of what their children are exposed to and what they can do to protect them from the dangers of toxic chemicals. Summer camp helps equip kids for the summer, when their physical and emotional health can be seriously impacted by high summer temperatures, poisonings, accidents and skin allergies.”
New York has some of the highest exposure to COVID-19 in the country, according to the The New York Times.
One of the Last Chance programs was set up within the new East Falls Apartments, in Farmingdale, Long Island. The last chance camps are intended to help those adults who are behind in the job market during the summer, and they are for the growing number of those who are employed in low-income areas, typically in need of affordable housing.
It is thought that COVID-19 causes skin problems and asthma, but the side effects often vary depending on the chemical.
In western New York, residents are advised to avoid plastic bottle and lounge bag carriers which can catch COVID-19, as they get water from the recycling systems. Also, common chain items, such as trash containers, may block off the route through storm drains.