Jul 6 2013

Camp Augusta Update

Injuries sustained on July 4 by eight campers and counselors during a ride in a “Cannogan”, a soapbox configured canoe with wheels, have been evaluated and treated.   “In an abundance of caution,” two of those injured were flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.  The condition of all involved in the accident has not been announced.

When riding in the Cannogan, sturdy helmets and protective padding are worn.

The following letter was sent to camper families:

Dear Parents:

I wanted to let you know about a camping mishap that happened during session 2.

During a routine and popular camp activity, there was an accident that involved [8] campers and staff when a soapbox derby-like vehicle tipped over.  Injuries were generally consistent with what you would expect when a camper is thrown from a horse or falls off a mountain bike.  Out of an abundance of caution, the counselors who were present elected to seek an immediate medical diagnosis for all campers.  The counselors consulted with local medical authorities who provided instructions on how to ensure the kids were evaluated as soon as practicable. Those instructions were followed precisely.  Two of the campers demonstrated concussion symptoms and on advice, and in an abundance of caution, were flown to medical facilities as this was the most immediate method to transport the kids to the best facilities available.

We work to ensure that camp is a safe, enjoyable experience for everyone, but accidents can and do happen.  Substantial effort and training goes into minimizing these risks.  All the campers and staff were wearing appropriate safety equipment at the time of the accident. Fortunately, I understand none of the injuries are threatening and the kids and counselors are all healing.  We hope you understand that we take your child’s safety very seriously and will always err to the side of extreme caution.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Camp Augusta.
Campingly yours,
Randy Grayson (Director)
Steve Rogers (Board Chair)

 Camp Augusta


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