H1N1 Cancels More Kids Camps

Saturday, June 27th 2009, 11:11 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

EDMOND, Oklahoma -- The H1N1 virus has forced many summer camps to end early, from the MDA to Kannakuk camps and now dozens of Oklahoma teens were sent home early from a Young Life Camp.

"In the midst of all that was going on we still wanted to make the best out of the situation and really give these kids the greatest week they'll ever have, and I believe we did that," said Eric Mixon, Young Life Edmond Area Director.

About 50 Edmond teens arrived home early Saturday morning from Buena Vista, Colorado. When several campers started having flu-like symptoms, officials quarantined them.

They finally cancelled the camp and sent everyone home. The teens were disappointed but took it all in stride.

"This week we learned that God has a plan for us no matter what out of all the coming back early and people getting sick, something positive will happen," Young Life camper Jacob Cossey said.

For many of the teens, this was their first year to attend the camp. They said they can't wait to go back next year.

The camp said they had practiced sanitizing, plenty of hand washing and not hugging as much as they generally do.