At the YMCA day camp, Cameron Wereley keeps things sunny!
When the theme from “The Office” plays over the public address system at the Licking County Family YMCA’s day camp, campers and counselors know to stop what they are doing and listen —it’s time for the daily weather report from camp weatherman Cameron Wereley.
On one particularly scorching day, Cameron, affectionately known as Cam, made sure to remind campers that the UV and heat indexes were high, so they needed to drink lots of water and wear their sunscreen.
He’s also recently used his skills on the mic to sing happy birthday on a camp staffer’s special day and MC the camp’s tug-a-war contest.
Cam is delivering two important announcements from Camp today!
Happy birthday, Camp Director Gail! 🎂🎉
And, lookout for the chance of rain in the afternooon, or evening 🌥☔️
Posted by Licking County Family YMCA on Thursday, June 25, 2020
“Everyone knows Cam,” said Camp Director Gail Humbert. “We all enjoy him greatly.”
Cam, 11, has been interested in weather for years and has always dreamed of being a meteorologist, said his step-grandfather Dale Simpson.
He did the weather over the morning announcements for years at John Clem Elementary and has brought laughter to audiences at school assemblies.
“He’s a rock star,” Dale said. “There isn’t a shy bone in his body.”
One of his most exciting moments came several years ago when Cam and his family were able to take a tour of the WSYX ABC 6 TV station and meet Meteorologist Jym Ganahl. Cam was invited to help with the weather forecast and got to take home a DVD of his performance, Dale said.
Whether he’s in a store or at a baseball game, he’s always making friends.
“He’s got a mammoth personality,” Dale said. “Every place I go, he knows more people than I do.”
Today’s weather announcement from our Camp Weatherman, Cameron 🌡☀️🌤🌦
Posted by Licking County Family YMCA on Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Cam, who will start sixth grade at Liberty Middle School in the fall, has been a regular at the YMCA’s Camp All for One for many years. His favorite activity is swimming.
All For One campers, who have disabilities, might receive some extra support from their counselors, but they are fully engaged in all camp activities, Gail said. Like any camper, if they have a special interest, the staff does their best to incorporate that into their experience.
Last summer, Cam was invited to share a weather report occasionally, but this year, it’s been a regular occurrence.
Cam said he checks the National Weather Service every day to prepare for his broadcast, which is usually done between 9 and 10 a.m.
He and Gail decided to play “The Office” theme before he gets on the mic because it’s one his favorite shows.
Cam takes his responsibility as camp weatherman very seriously and always checks with Gail before he shares news about storms to make sure the younger campers won’t get scared.
But his fun personality always shines through.
“He’s our own ray of sunshine at camp,” Gail said. “He’s always happy go-lucky. He’s a joy to have around.”