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At-Risk Teens Beat the Heat at Fort Bragg

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Kristy Brown, Camper
FORT BRAGG — Sixty plus teenagers considered potential drop-outs spent Wednesdaylearning to think quickly, work in teams, and overcome obstacles,including one added by Mother Nature. The heat index soared Wednesday,fueled by rising temperatures and nasty humidity.

Standing in the shade was uncomfortable enough. The teens were outplaying soldier. The Fort Bragg soldiers supervising the camp know thedangers associated with outdoor activity in the heat.

Captain Scott Jonda of the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion says theheat and humidity is an important factor in how the kids run variouscourses. If a course involves water, the kids are most likely in it.Keeping their body temperatures normal is very important. If they aren'tin the water, they are most likely drinking it.

Wednesday wasn't as bad as Tuesday, when the group spent time in the woodslearning to read a map. Camper Joseph Dyke remembers how hot it was. Hesays everyone was sweating, even sitting down. The campers ran out ofwater, so they spent time in the shade-- just doing the best that theycould.

When all is said and done, the campers will most likely remember the weekfor the experience rather than for the heat. Jeris Squire believeshe'll take a way a positive outlook on life, something he's needed.

This is the first time that Communities in Schools and Fort Bragg havepaired up for the camp. Organizers say everything has gone well thisweek, and they want to keep it that way despite the heat. To ensure thecamper's safety, medics have been on hand at all activities to help themcope with the elements.

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