camp safety

As Camps Begin, Safety Is Job One

Tragedy on Georgia Ramah raft trip shows that, for staff, summer is anything but carefree.
Associate Editor

When local Jewish overnight camps kicked off the summer season, welcoming their first campers this week, their staff members were feeling a bit more nervous than usual.

That’s because last week’s staff training and last-minute preparations were clouded by the death of a 16-year-old at Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative movement camp in northern Georgia.

Andrew Silvershein, a returning camper from Davie, Fla., drowned June 19 — the first week of that camp — on a whitewater rafting trip, after the raft overturned and he became wedged under a rock.

Jewish summer camps say they follow strict safety protocols for swimming and other water sports.
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