EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) -- Kids returned to camp at Sports World in East Windsor Tuesday with the torn up dome still a visible reminder that they dodged a tornado.
"You see the bubble going up and then they yell 'get under the tables', and then it was just scary," camp goer Dominic Whalen said.
Parents called the camp cousenlors 'heroes' for getting children out of the sports dome minutes before wicked winds ripped the bublble roof right off. One dad brought a cake to recognize staff keeping his son safe.
"I'm sure all the parents were worried and the staff here also for the safety of the kids, so they did a great job," Dominic's father John Whalen said.
Standing at the Sports World site you can see how the tornado seemed to come over the trees. An official alert and the noise prompted counselors to get kids out, ordering them under tables in the main building.
Older brother Niko Ford looked for his younger sister Alexis; she was the last one out.
"The dome was falling down and as we got inside, when I heard the giant bang of the dome my first instinct was to run towards her," Niko said. "That was kind of like instinct."
"The lights were shaking and it was very loud," Alexis Ford said, "and once we got through I looked for him and I saw him under the table but they started screaming for me to get under the table, so I just quickly went under, and I saw him so I knew that that was ok."
The camp will take some time to talk with the kids about what happened.
"First of all it will be kind of doing a little debriefing with the kids if they need it," Sports World Manger Kathy Russotto said. "I teach health so I also teach about grief and crisis so it'll be kind of interesting for that, just to see how they're doing.
"It'll be as normal as anything and then I'll see if they need any conversation," she said.
For these campers, Monday's storm is already a great 'what I survived this summer' story.
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