FW: SCOUTS-L Digest - 3 Aug 1997
Stoddard, Thomas C. (stoddatc@WESTINGHOUSE.COM)
Tue, 5 Aug 1997 11:05:41 -0400
> Subject: Camp Owassipe Disaster
> Here is another chapter to "Linda Clossen, Scoutmaster to Disaster."
> During the week, an unknown illness swept through Camp Blackhawk,
> Owasippe Scout Reservation and as of today, over 200 Scouts and their
> leaders have been afflicted!
> So, have any of you gone through anything like this? What did you do?
Several years ago, our beloved Camp Twin Echo, nestled in the
picturesque Laurel Highlands, one summer, had an outbreak of some
bacterial infection, with consequences and global affliction and
intensity as you have so graphically described. What did we do?? The
same things you are doing so far as dealing with the outbreak itself.
We had the State Department of Environmental Resources in. They checked
water and soil samples. We had the County and State Department of Health
come and inspect commissary, dining hall area, the works, even the tent
storage barn. Abolutely Nothing was found amiss or below standards for
purity or acceptability.
Our ultimate solution?
It was determined there was nothing about the camp per se which would
account for it, and theorized the bacteria was brought in from a scout
carrier. We felt pretty helpless, the second year (yes, this went on
that long) but at least, one fellow suggested, we could disrupt some
transmission modes. The only thing done was a fairly large basin was
mounted on the side of a barn up near the administration area, with a
"soap on a rope", and campers were encouraged to wash their hands every
time they passed by.
Voila'. Problem was solved.
We were glad to find out camp was wholesome again. Then, came the need
to rebuild trust on the part of parents.
Camp Twin Echo is now home to all our council training events, JLTC and
an annual WoodBadge course, and boasts a summer program of specialty
camps in Energy and Engineering and Aerospace which our council is
developing in cooperation with the faculty of Penn State University. And
next year, I hear, Arts camp will be added to the program (I maybe
should share details of these exciting programs in another post, will
forego for now.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City