Keeping kids safe at summer sports camps

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As the school year winds down, kids across the country will be heading off to summer camp.

You can find dozens of summer camps in the East, including at least seven sports camps that are held by East Carolina University Athletics.

Many parents opt for sports camps while looking for fun and engaging camps for their children. While fun may be a child’s top priority, most parents think of safety.

To ensure safety, most sports camps have precautionary measures. These include full athletic training staff and requiring parents to fill out medical forms.

Kyle Robinson, Director of Basketball Operations and Camp Director at ECU, said, “We really emphasize to the parents to tell us everything that they know about their child when they come the first day of camp.”

Parents should also ask camp counselors what kind of training the staff has and what the ratio is from camp counselor to camper.

For the basketball camps held by ECU, that ratio stays low to ensure safety.

Robinson said, “It’s one coach to every 10 kids is the max. We have so we have a small ratio so our staff can know where their kids are at all times and kids have somewhere they can go and ask questions.”

Knowing how often campers have a chance to rest is also important.

Rob Donnenwirth, ECU Women’s Soccer Coach, said, “We do two breaks in the morning because it could be 100-degrees at some point here, and we try to get them out of the sun for about 10 minutes and then we go back out.”

These short rest periods are vital to ensure campers stay hydrated.

“You want them to have fun and you want them to learn at whatever camp they’re at, but in order to do that you have to be safe,” Donnenwirth said.

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