Keeping summer campers safe when the temperature is high and the skies are smoky

As a venue from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, WinSport summer camps offer kids a unique outdoor experience for their daily activities. But as we all know, Calgary’s summers can be hot and/or smoky because of wildfires.

WinSport has systems in place to monitor lightning and air quality so team leads can adjust  activities quickly when the weather turns.
WinSport has systems in place to monitor lightning and air quality so team leads can adjust activities quickly when the weather turns.

That’s why we have a system in place to constantly monitor conditions, so we can act promptly to keep summer campers safe in a manner where they can still have fun participating in their activities.

When the temperature is in the 30C range, our instructors pay extra attention as to when the campers need a break in the shade or need to rehydrate. We also modify daily activities to include water. For example, we’ll often run a sprinkler while the campers run around playing an activity.

Other ways we keep your child safe in the heat:

  • We have sun screen on-site at all camps
  • We take breaks in the shade and/or inside air-conditioned buildings
  • We encourage campers to drink water frequently
  • Mist stations are set up in the Husky Gardens so all summer camp participants have access
  • We provide hats to Sport and Adventure campers

When it comes to smoke, we are constantly monitoring air quality and take action accordingly, which include: potentially moving outdoor activities inside, taking additional breaks inside, reducing intensity of activities.

Lastly, we also monitor lightning and move all activities indoor when lightning activity is in the area.

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