FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) - This extremely hot weather has organizations that run camps especially concerned. The Fairfax County Park Authority runs more than 100 different camps for thousands of children. The staff has guidelines to keep kids safe.
Four Fairfax County Park Authority camps were scheduled to take place all week at the Lee District Recreation Center in Franconia, but a worn-out power cable, not the bad storm, sent the facility into darkness and set off a quick change of plans.
"They scrambled and Fairfax County Schools helped us out," said Dawn Stoffelen, the program supervisor.
FCPS bused the children to Forestdale elementary in Springfield where the indoor camps could use classrooms and the gym, and the lacrosse camp could use the field. But the hot sun and high temperatures this week have posed a danger for anybody outside for long periods. Especially those not used to it.
Lindsey Holmes, 12, said, "It's really hot... it can be really tiring."
Coach Jason Jeffries, says he tells the campers to take water breaks whenever they need to. And they do go inside for part of the day.
"You do worry. We make sure they drink plenty of water and make sure to take breaks inside," said Jeffries.
Since the kids have not mastered catching the ball, he decided to let them have a little fun and let them play like the sport like the American Indians did... with no shoes.
Camper Joanna said, "As long as I'm sweating, I'm still alive."
Dominion Virginia power crews replaced the bad cable and had electricity flowing back to Lee Rec. Center on Friday. Barring another bad storm, the next group of campers should be able to stay.