HEAT WAVE 2012: Campers battle heat

(WEAU) - It was 104 degrees inside the YMCA pool, but cool pool is where kids say it's a great way to cool off in the heat."

With high temperatures Autumn Egan of the YMCA says the camp follows a child care heat index chart which she says reassures parents that their kids are safe and healthy.

"We take into account the temperature of the air and also the humidity and that chart leads us to whether it's a dangerous condition to have the kids outside," said Autumn Egan, Director of Child Care Services.

Although the day was in the red, camp counselor Tayor Devine says they find way to still have fun.

"We can work with any kind of weather, we have rain days where we have to come up with plans so it’s now really an inconvenience," said Taylor Devine, Camp Counselor.

Puzzles, games and swimming is how the fifth and sixth graders enjoyed the day.

Campers said they were glad they get to stay in the air conditioning.

"I feel good because we won't sick or anything if were out and it was fun because we got to watch a movie, and we still get to have fun even though were inside," said Olivia Tangley, Y-Junior Camper.

Egan says even if temperatures aren't very high, their chart gives directions when the day meets green and yellow standards.

"Yellow usually means we have to keep them more hydrated, do increase sunscreen, keep the kids safe basically," said Egan.

"You still have really big adventures and we still have a lot of fun," said Tangley.

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  • by Dieter on Jul 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    "you have waited along time for this day" After such a long time of 100 degree highs? Three days is so long to wait for it to cool down? If you don't like summer, the Yukon has lots of room.
  • by Sumner on Jul 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    It is summer in Wisconsin. Don't worry, we will be froze stiff in a few months and then you can all go out and enjoy skating on the pool.
  • by Matthew Location: Matthews on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    If people in America do not turn their hearts back to God there will be more fires, flood, drought, hail, winds and storms than the year before.
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