Pool Boots Kids Who Might "Change the Complexion"Campers sent packing after first visit to swim club
By KAREN ARAIZA
Updated 2:01 PM CDT, Wed, Jul 8, 2009
More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason.
"I heard this lady, she was like, 'Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?' She's like, 'I'm scared they might do something to my child,'" said camper Dymire Baylor.
The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers' first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.
While the parents await an apology, the camp is scrambling to find a new place for the kids to beat the summer heat.
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