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How local camps deal with bad weather

Those in charge of organizing outdoor activities at YMCA's Camp Ernst in Burlington, Kentucky are keeping an eye on the sky for any sign of dangerous conditions. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Schell) Those in charge of organizing outdoor activities at YMCA's Camp Ernst in Burlington, Kentucky are keeping an eye on the sky for any sign of dangerous conditions. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Schell)
BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

The weather-related death of a girl at Camp Livingston in the Bennington area of Switzerland County has camps around the Tri-State making sure kids are safe when severe weather hits. 

Those in charge of organizing outdoor activities at YMCA's Camp Ernst in Burlington, Kentucky are keeping an eye on the sky for any sign of dangerous conditions.

The well-being of young campers takes top priority at Camp Ernst.

"Safety is always at the forefront of our minds when we're planning our programs and keeping track of what's going on in our facility," said Eli Cochran, executive director at Camp Ernst.

Before camp opens for the season, more than 150 staff members go through a week long training program on how to prepare and manage all types of situations with kids.

Counselors at Camp Ernst attempt to keep the kids engaged in outdoor activities as much as possible.

"Unless there's lightning and lots of rain, then we'll head inside. We've got a lot of indoor facilities where we can still have a lot of fun inside if we have to," Cochran said.

Camp Ernst does have storm shelters on sight, but hope is they'll never have to use them.

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