Loras Sports Camp Directors Take Precautions to Protect Campers from Illness

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The back-to-back hot and humid days have Loras All-Sports camp counselors making some last minute adjustments. Plus, Cyclospora concerns renew efforts to clean the produce those hungry campers eat up all week.

Summer camp memories are usually include sports and friendly competition.

Loras All Sports Camp Director, Bob Tucker said, "our mission is teaching Christ-like values through the use of sports."

But perhaps one thing these campers will remember most is the heat.

Camper Colleen Clancy said, "For free time everyone goes swimming to cool off a little bit. "

This week, directors gave each camper their own water bottle and set up shade tents throughout campus. They rearranged free time to give campers access to air-conditioning during the heat of the day.

"We've been giving a lot more water breaks than we normally do, " said Tucker.

Healthy eating is another facet of this week long camp. Counselors require kids eat fruits and veggies at every single meal.

"The kids are doing activities all day long," said Tucker. "They need to replenish their bodies with nutritious foods. "

With more than 100 cases of Cyclospora in Iowa this month, directors are keen on making sure each piece of produce is washed and rinsed. But they say that's standard practice every year.

Tucker said," We want to make sure we don't spread anything that is not healthy. And we don't want the kids to leave with some type of illness. "

Tucker takes precautionary practices, in hopes of keeping summer camp memories positive.

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