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Summer Camps Shut Down Due To Heat

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- With weather as hot as it is this week in mid-Michigan, anyone who has to be outside for long periods of time is at greater risk for heat related problems.

So, what about kids who attend those sports camps? They have to stay outside, and they under-go a lot of physical practice.

In July at MSU, the crack of the bat, and rounding of the bases, can only mean baseball camp is in full force.

For about 200 campers in this heat, too much time under the sun can be dangerous. "The hottest three days of the summer coming up yesterday, today and tomorrow. We're trying to give as many breaks as possible for our campers," said Jake Boss, MSU Baseball Coach.

Boss also says that means making sure campers stay hydrated, "you really try to encourage them in the morning--you know--not to wait until they're thirsty. Get a drink when you have the opportunity to do so".

All MSU summer sports camps take precautions to keep kids safe in hotter temps even if that means canceling camp for the day.

300 kids were scheduled to have their afternoon soccer camp Tuesday but with the heat index, MSU had to move all of those kids indoors.

"105 is the heat index that--once it's over that number we have to cancel all sessions," said Ryan Deane, MSU Athletic Trainer. Deane also says all camp personnel are prepared in case a camper does display signs of heat exhaustion.

"On most of our outdoor facilities we have tents to get some shade because most of the time they just need to get out of the sun beating down on them," said Deane.

No matter what, Deane says safety always comes first.

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