Across Connecticut many parents send their kids to summer camps while they’re at work. Eyewitness News took its Weather Tracker to a day camp in Windsor Locks to see how they beat the heat.
Children at the Windsor Locks Day Camp told Eyewitness News that hydrating, staying in the shade and swimming in the pool is how they manage the extreme summer temperatures.
“We always have cold water with us. Gatorade, like we have at the snack store," camper Violet Hopkins said.
Dr. Cynthia Heller, who is the vice president of Primary Care at Hartford Healthcare’s Medical Group, said people that are the most active are more at risk for heat-related injuries.
Due to the extreme heat, doctors said the time frame during the day for heat fatigue is open even longer. Symptoms of heat fatigue such as dizziness and headaches can be tough to gauge with kids.
Jackie Wenzel, who is the co-director of the Windsor Locks Day Camp, oversees camp activities and makes sure the kids keep their body temperatures down by staying cool.
“Water is very important,” Wenzel told Eyewitness News. “We always make sure we have enough of it…they [the kids] also like the freeze pops.”
Wenzel has been running the camp for 16 years and her methods to stay cool seem to be working. The campers have plenty of pool time, shade and liquids to stay hydrated.
Camp directors say they adjust the daily activities based on the weather. If it’s very hot they bring out Slip’N Slides so kids can stay cool throughout the day.
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