camp safety

As Camps Begin, Safety Is Job One

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

06/28/2011
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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