Hot Stuff

Published 1:52 am Monday, June 19, 2006

The blazing sun didn't seem to bother the 14 children taking part in camp at the Brewton YMCA Thursday.
Camp counselor Crystal Barton was effortlessly keeping her group of boys entertained.
The rules of Red Devil are simple. One child picks a color and has the other children guess it. Once the color is guessed, the two begin at home plate and race against each other, rounding the bases. Whoever makes it back to home plate first wins and gets to choose a new color.
Ryann Gray, who was attending the camp Thursday, said another game - &#8220Drip, Drip, Drop” - was &#8220the most funnest game we've played.”
That's because the game involves water, which keeps the kids cool, Barton said.
On the other side of the field were a group of first and second graders. They were swinging an orange bat as counselor Ryan Ellis pitched the ball. At that group, the kids said &#8220Salamander” was their favorite game.
Salamander is played indoors. Two to three children are placed in the middle of the room. The remainder of the children must run to the other side of the gym without getting touched. Once they are touched, they must sit in the spot they were touched. As the other children run by, the children sitting try to touch them and turn them into salamanders.
Way in the shade, a group of young children were playing keep away and shooting basketballs. A majority of the games are played in the morning outdoors, when it's still cool, and the rest of the games are moved indoors.
All the children chimed in when they said indoor games were their favorite. Why? ”It's hot!” Chris Johnson said as he wiped sweat from his brow.

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