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Children First: Healthy Campers

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Every summer many KOTA Territory kids head to camp for a week or so.

"I wanted to come to this camp to meet new people and just have fun up in the mountains," said Peyton Bomar of Sheridan.

Peyton is one of 21 soon-to-be 9th graders at the YMCA of the Bighorns Camp Roberts for a youth leadership camp.

For her and her friends to make the most of their time in the great outdoors they'll have to follow some health tips.

"Kids have to be prepared for mosquitos, for sun, for water-borne diseases," said pediatrician Dr. Barry Wohl.

Before the kids come to the campground they're all given a list of items they should load into their backpack.

"We do suggest that the kids bring sunscreen, hats, a variety of clothes so that they can layer, a water bottle, bug spray," said camp director Sandy Sare.

Sare adds the camp will provide water bottles to everyone.

"Once they arrive at camp and they're busy, they're outside, they're hiking, they're fishing, they understand pretty quickly that they feel much better when they have kept themselves hydrated," said Sare.

If the kids or any campers plan on using water they find in nature they should take caution to avoid disease.

"Either treat the water with virtually any of the treatments available or bring the water to a boil," said Wohl.

If Peyton and her fellow campers follow this advice chances are they won't hesitate to come back.

"My family comes up here a lot and so I guess I'm just used to it and it's just fun to be up here," said Peyton.

The Center for Disease Control's web site lists other items to bring along, including hand sanitizer, a first aid kit, a compass or GPS, flashlights, and extra batteries.

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