Summer Campers In Pamlico County Beat Heat Without Air Conditioning

By: Brittany Creamer/ April Davis
By: Brittany Creamer/ April Davis

Imagine going without air conditioning for about 22 of the 24 hours of the day. Some summer campers are doing just that at Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe in Pamlico County. It's a summer Methodist camp for kids. It offers 1,2, 3, and 4 week stays for campers. The camp is off the Neuse River where campers enjoy water activities, hiking, and arts and crafts. At the end of the day they all retreat to their cabins where there is no air conditioning- only fans. It's something Senior Camp Director John Farmer says was well thought out when building the cabins.

"(They were) designed by an architect to do passive cooling. Not air conditioned but make use of ceiling fans in each room and porches, but designed with what we call a cupola or like a chimney so if you stand in the middle of the building the air comes in from the outside and its design to flow up," said Farmer.

The dinning hall and arts and crafts room both have air conditioning. The other hours of the day for the campers are spent in the heat or in the water. The camp director says there have been no illnesses or medical conditions related to the heat.


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