Survived Summer Camp
Rob White (rsw@TFS.COM)
Mon, 19 Jun 1995 14:59:00 EDT
I survived summer camp! Stan Frager (Troop 30 Louisville KY) talked me
into giving up a week's vacation to spend a week with our boys at
Camp Crooked Creek. This year, we took 93 boys and seven full week leaders
to camp. Other leaders dropping in for a day or two at a time increased
our leadership total to ten. This proved critical in what I believed to
have been one of our most demanding yet successful summer camp stays.
Camp Crooked Creek is Lincoln Heritage Council's newest camp.
Only eight years old, it is VERY nice, with a lot to do.
It is situated only 40 miles south of Louisville Kentucky next to
Bernheim Forest (a private nature preserve). Sailing on the small
lake in two man Lasers, one man sailboards, or four man sail boats is
a real plus to the usual rowing and canoeing. Add in motor boating,
a COPE course, bee keeping, and shotgun shooting along with the usual
summer camp programs and you have one active program to keep track of.
Facilities are generally wheelchair accessable and two special
wheelchair accessable campsites exist.
Although it was raining on the Sunday we arrived, the rest of the week
brought clear skys and moderate temperatures.
Problems started on Wednesday just before lunch when the camp water supply
was secured because of a water break somewhere in the county. The camp's
30,000 water tank sits on a hill and receives water from the county.
Although there was sufficient water presure to give the rest of the county
water, there was insufficient water pressure to get the water up to
The water was off till Thursday morning. During the evening, the camp
brought in water trucks and pumped their contents the holding tank.
Water for drinking hand washing remained on from that point on, although
showers were generally secured in the afternoon to conserve water.
Thursday morning, the other shoe dropped. Around 4 am, people started
waking up ill with a stomach virus. Many were vomiting in the
campsites. By breakfast, the camp health lodge was packed with sick
campers and counselors, and still they kept arriving. Scouts
were beginning to be asked to lay outside on the grass when the
only doctor in the camp, a scoutmaster with one of the troops, arrived
at the health lodge after checking conditions at various campsites.
He wrote a perscription to check the vomiting of the sick and advised
the camp health staff on what to do. Scout leaders pitched in to cover
classes for sick counselors and the dining hall staff made up trays of
individual servings of jello for the sick.
By friday morning, the virus had run it's course and most of the sick had
recovered. Over 160 campers had reported to the health lodge although the
actual number of sick was far higher since many boys and adults never
went to the lodge. Over half of the camp staff came down with the virus.
One fourth of the boys in my troop and all but three of the leaders were
stricken with the virus.
I must say that I am proud of the way the leaders stepped forward and
took over for the staff. The health lodge saved precious time in
asking for the doctor/scoutmaster's help rather than calling for
an off site doctor. Most scouts were able to finish their merit
badges by the end of camp, even the sick ones.
Rob White rsw@tfs.COM
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