August 8, 2014 7:07 pm

Young campers sent to hospital after being caught in storm

CALGARY- There were some scary moments for a group of young campers on Thursday, when they got caught in a vicious storm near Bowden.

The group was at Glennifer Lake when the storm hit, with no shelter in sight.

“It had been blowing away from us, but then it started moving towards us,” remembers Matt Mills, a camp counsellor at Foothills Camp. “Then from the other side of the lake comes, like, a sheet of white.

“They were pretty freaked out, a lot of screaming a yelling and whatnot.”

They all ran into a ditch to take shelter, and the counselors formed a human chain to try and protect the children from being pelted by hail.

“They were holding up blankets, and they just had their arms out,” Mills says. “A lot of our counsellors have welts on their arms, on their backs, the back of their heads.”

The aftermath of a storm in Glennifer Lake.

Courtesy of Boni Trip

After the storm passed, four children and two counsellors had to be taken to hospital in Olds.

“We just wanted to make sure there was no concussions or anything like that, just as a precaution,” says Kevin Kiers from Foothills Camp.

Fortunately, they only suffered bruises.

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