Last year, 14-year-old Leah Blum died at a West Virginia camp when a tree limb fell 35 feet and onto her tent. According to media reports, some speculated whether heavy rains were to blame for the accident. This winter, take the time to walk your camp property–look around at the trees for broken or rotting limbs, survey the ground for potential tripping hazards, such as tree roots and crumbling sidewalks and examine playground equipment and picnic tables for structural problems. Although every accident cannot be avoided, a short walk and a quick glance might make the difference between a diversion and a disaster.




12-14 Southwest Camp Conference, Hunt, Texas—Mo Ranch Camp and Conference Center;

14 Southwest Conferenece, Phoenix, Ariz.;

20-22 Indiana Conference, West Lafayette, Ind.—Purdue Memorial Union;

28 Ohio Camping Conference, Columbus, Ohio—Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center The Ohio State University;


16-19 ACA National Conference, Denver, Colo.—Denver Hyatt;


11-13 Mid States Camping Conference, St. Charles, Ill.;

16-19 ACA Tri-State Conference, Atlantic City, N.J.—Atlantic City Convention Center;


13 Association of Jewish Camp Operators Jewish Camp Expo & Conference, Brooklyn, N.Y.– Rose Castle;

22 ACA Keystone Regional Conference, Allentown, Penn.—Holiday Inn Conference Center;

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