Updated: Friday, 22 Jul 2011, 12:35 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 22 Jul 2011, 5:39 AM EDT
New Fairfield, Conn. (WTNH) - A dozen Girl Scouts had to be treated for heat-related illnesses in New Fairfield.
About 12 of the 60 campers were showing signs of dehydration.
"Heat cramps, abdominal pain, muscle aches, increased thirst," said Paramedic James Stead.
Stead was one of several paramedics who arrived at Camp Candlewood around 10 o'clock Thursday night. Two of the campers were drifting in and out of consciousness.
"The ones that were not responsive we gave them oxygen and IV fluids until they were awake to the point they could take oral fluids," Stead said.
After several hours, all the campers recovered and were brought into the camp's air conditioned dining hall where they spent the night. Experts say it's important to get yourself into a cool place at night to allow your body time to recover from the stress it was under from the day's heat.
Fortunately, none of the girls had to be hospitalized.