La Crosse, WI (WXOW)—The 100 degree heat didn't slow down campers at Weigent Park, but the weather does mean everyone needs to take extra precautions.
"When the heat gets really really bad, we try to play less rigorous games," said Kevin Diedrich of the La Crosse Park and Recreation Department. "Obviously if the kids are hot, we bring them inside, under the shelter here."
Even on the hottest days, kids down here at camp say they wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
"I look forward to this every year," said Erik Berg, one of the campers. "It gives me something to do, every single day. So I don't have to worry about sitting at home all day, watching TV. Just sitting down and being lazy, here I get to do everything."
"It gives you more things to do, even though it's hot," said 11-year-old Sam Olson. "We hang around but if it's hot we make sure if it's really really hot, we play in the water."
The kids say water games, like drip drip drop and the slip-n-slide, are the best part about the heat. But both Sam and Erik know they need to do more than just play in the water.
"Make sure you drink a lot of water, so you don't get dehydrated," Sam said.
"Even when you might not feel thirsty, drink water after everything you do," Erick said.
Dr. Joe Behn at Mayo Clinic Health system says kids should stop and cool down every 15 to 20 minutes.
"Once in a while we can be masked in to thinking because we have water on our external bodies," Behn said. "However, you still are losing heat and by losing heat you're losing water."
But even if this heat wave continues, Sam and Erik say it won't stop them from coming to camp.
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